RE: the image of little Gambia
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
The Daily Observer newspaper edition of December 31 carried the concerns of a Gambian in Indonesia expressing his concern over some clandestine activities done under the guise of the country’s identity. Like any genuine and patriotic citizen, he was downed by the act of some foreign nationals presenting Gambian legal documents when they are caught on criminal undertakings like drug peddling.
Gambians, at all times and anywhere they are, are peace-loving and naturally show excellent humanity and conviviality. It is therefore no surprise if Gambians could command respect in that part of the world. For other nationals in the bad books of those countries and committing crimes under the guise of Gambian identity, tarnishing the image of the country is disgustingly appalling and should attract national concern.
It is quite unfair for Gambians in foreign lands who have been enjoying a decent and reputable life in those counties to suffer from actions of others who commit crimes in their names. Not only will this turn life sour for those Gambians but also the image of the country and a question mark on the creditability of the country’s legal security.
However, the vital question to ask is how do these foreign criminals get the Gambian identification documents? The immigration department is hereby pressed to be more vigilant and critical in their screening of people so as to give the right people the right documents. Their decision is crucial to the image of the people and the country at large.
The country’s good image is at stake in this regard, so is the life and prestigious ambience those Gambians in Indonesia and elsewhere are enjoying. Therefore let us bar non-Gambians from getting the Gambian identification documents to safeguard our good image.