“A nation that is united because of the patriotism of its citizens is a nation that will always succeed in the 21st Century and beyond. We are united by purpose, patriotism and faith,' Jammeh said in his independence-day message read to Gambians by various Council and Regional Administrative heads across the country.
PANA reports that the theme of this year’s anniversary is “Unity through Patriotism, We can build a Better, more Prosperous Gambia.”
In the message, President Jammeh said his government’s objective was to make The Gambia the best country in the whole world, placing “my faith and conviction in greatness and benevolence to the Almighty Allah and a united and patriotic honest citizenry.”
'No divided nation can ever be a great and prosperous nation or an economic super power,' he said, urging Gambians to 'forget tribes, religions and politics and unite to build a better Gambia that the whole world would be envious of.
“While we appreciate external support, especially from our traditional friends and partners in development, it is simply suicidal for us as a nation to rely entirely on these sources, with arms folded and expect that we will become an economic super power and the best country to live in,” said the message.
He added that people who had witnessed Gambia's colonial era, the first and second republics were living witnesses to the progress made so far in the country.
He said “Youths constitute the prized gem of any nation. I am happy that despite the slow pace and the fact that a lot remains to be done, the youth of this country are gradually coming out to assume their responsibilities in nation-building.”
To students, President Jammeh said 'You should take your studies seriously, and remember that for as long as you are ready to study, the sky is the only limit his government would provide.'