The United Democratic Party has called on Gambians to continue to show much love and care for each other.

The country’s biggest political party gave the call Monday while felicitating with the Christian faithful on this year’s Christmas.

A statement signed by UDP national youth secretary general Kemo Bojang read: “As Christians in The Gambia and across the globe celebrate the birth of Christ, the UDP is pleased to wish them a happy and joyous celebration. The birth of Jesus Christ, undoubtedly, marks an important milestone on the Christian calendar because of its great significance.

“It is for this reason that the commemoration of this day here in The Gambia and elsewhere, is often characterized by not only deep supplication to our Maker but also merrymaking, symbolic decorations, holidaying, social gatherings and almsgiving. Christmas is a season of love and care especially for the needy in society. These were the virtues that Christ personified.

“And so, as we commemorate this day, the UDP calls on all and sundry particularly people who subscribe to the Christian faith, to show much love and care to the needy in diverse ways in order to give real meaning to the essence of Christmas. Christmas teaches us that today is not just a day for celebration, we should therefore not forget the plight of our underprivileged brothers and sisters.

“Again, it is a sad reality though that an occasion like this, unfortunately comes with rising cases of road accidents, crime rates among other unpleasant spectacles. While calling on the police and relevant authorities to step up their efforts at forestalling such occurrences, we also think that, as individual citizens, we should not compromise on our personal security. Once again Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year in advance.”