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Adventist leader calls on J'cans to stop 'Dutty Up' country

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, Pastor Everett Brown is calling on all Jamaicans to join together as a people to expunge the monster of crime and corruption affecting the society. He said it is not only the Government and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, but a responsibility of the people to 'clean-up' Jamaica.

Referencing the popular Jamaica Environment Trust public education campaign 'Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica', pastor Brown told his audience including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, that "If we think dutty and speak dutty, our children and people will more likely act dutty. If it's a monster (crime and violence), we create it, and if we create it we must deal with it, we must solve it and we must begin that process now. If we duttyup Jamaica, then we must clean up Jamaica physical, socially and spiritually."

Brown was speaking at the Western Leadership Conference organised by the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and held at its Conference Centre under the theme 'Building a Better Nation: Changing Lives One Life at a Time'




Brown reiterated that Jamaicans must accept the fact that we are the ones over the decades who have scattered the seeds of discord across the nation and asked "could it be that we are now reaping the fruits of our labour"?

"Leaders, let us stop the blame game," he added. "The people we lead are tired of empty promises and hallow rhetoric. Let us inspire hope and put before the people simple, not complex and sophisticated, but simple workable solutions that involve the people of this country."

He said Government can only provide the broad framework to deal with the evil monster of crime, but that mothers, fathers, pastors, every citizen must play his or her part to deal with the challenges facing our nation. He reiterated the Seventh-day Adventist Church's commitment to be part of the solution and positive change that the country needs.