Minister Sillah: “The Alternative To Peace Is Too Dangerous To Contemplate”
The Minister for Information Communication and Infrastructure, Ebrima Sillah said the alternative to peace is too dangerous to contemplate, citing that this makes it more important for everyone to jealousy guide the peace in this country at all cost.
Sillah made these remarks during the 2nd edition of the Africa Peace Conference organized by the Ahmaddiya Muslim Jamaat. The event brought together diverse religious faiths, academia, civil society, state and local authorities in a bid to promote and nurture a peaceful society for all. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Islamic Solutions for World Peace’.
“Peace is too priceless to be mortgaged to unyielding forces. We have to be proactive and jealously protect and guide peace at all costs because the alternative is too dangerous to contemplate, “ said Minister Sillah.
He highlighted the long standing relationship between the Ahmadiyya Jamaat and The Gambian Government that spans more than fifty years, adding that the Government has recognized the involvement of the Jamaat in the area of education, health and agriculture and for standing by the people of The Gambia in actualizing its development goals.
“This conference of inspirational people and change makers could not have come at a better time than this when the whole world is gripped with fundamental and regrettable fear and insecurity covertly or overtly perpetuated by people in the name of religion”, Minister Sillah stated.
He said the persuasive use and misuse of the internet to spread hate messages and fear has a direct bearing on collective peace and global security, revealing that the conspiracy theories on peace are now found in the internet as a rallying tool to target unsuspecting people who fall prey to their false propaganda which in some cases has caused unnecessary death and destruction of properties.
“It is not bad to try to make the world a better place than how we found it yesterday, better than it was an hour ago or even better than a minute ago. What is unforgivably unacceptable is to give into the tactic of blackmail by those bent on turning our collective happiness into a nightmare of anguish, despair and hopelessness”, Minister Sillah, argued.