By Buba Gagigo
The Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) leader, Mai Ahmed Fatty has urged Gambians to tolerate one another’s political differences.
“No one is your slave and you cannot make others to think and act like you. Live your life and let others live their lives. Support your political views, and don’t try to impose your political views on others. That is not just the law of democracy; it is also the rule of life. Those who cannot practice these traits, often display dictatorial tendencies believing that those who do not think and act like them, do not deserve to be heard, or are unpatriotic. That is false and such thinking is palpably defective. If we learn to tolerate each other’s views, it may help narrow down our differences,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
He said The Gambia could be the best country in Africa if its citizens stop going after one another because of their political differences.
“If we accept that it is humanly impossible for all of us to support the same Party or share the same ideas, we will learn to tolerate/accept and respect our differences. If we learn to accept that one man’s meat may be another’s poison or your Angel may be another’s Devil, then we might just get along. If we learn to appreciate each other’s views, instead of questioning each other’s patriotism, we might just as well begin to coordinate together.
“If we begin to empathize instead of condemn each time someone says something contrary to our belief, then we might just start getting along. If I respect your position, even if I strongly disagree with you, and you do the same to me, perhaps we can get to some convergence down the line. If you accept that you don’t own anyone, and no one owns you, perhaps you would be respectful in the way you express your opinion. If you accept that we all make mistakes, including you, maybe you wouldn’t expect perfection from others, because you are also not perfect. Treat others as you would like them to treat you,” he concluded.
In an interview with Kerr Fatou last week, the GMC leader said he would have preferred to join President Adama Barrow to the opposition in the 2021 presidential election.
Following the remarks, many people took to social media and criticized the GMC leader for his comment.