Father of Exile Gambian Cleric Passed Away

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Imam Bakawsu Fofana

Imam Bakawsu Fofana

The father of Gambia’s exile Imam, Imam Bakawsu Fofana passed away. Alhagie Ebrima Fofana passed away on Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 10.00am in Banjul.

Alhagie Ebrima Fofana is the father of Imam Bakawsu Fofana, the former Imam of Sanchaba Sulay Jobe Mosque until August 2012, when he was forced to flee the country after attempts by the Gambian authorities to rearrest him.

He was previously arrested in late May 2012, by persons identified as members of the Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA). He was detained for weeks, during which he was subjected to physical tortures, which left him with a broken arm.

Imam Bakawsu attracted the adverse interest of the Gambian authorities in December 2011, after his colleagues at the Supreme Islam Council officially asked President Jammeh to contain him from crossing what they described as a red line. Imam Fofana was later ridiculed by President Jammeh on the country’s national Television Station GRTS; before the President later accepting the truth of Imam Fofana’s position against the council on the issue of the Muslim festive prayer of Eid’ul Fitr.

The exiled Imam used to own a Quranic memorization School at his home, but was forced to flee the country in August 2012. He has since relocated to the Southern Senegalese religious town of Taslima, where he continued to teach Quran.

Speaking to Kibaaro News, Imam Bakawsu expressed his sorrows and regrets of not being able to attend his father’s burial and prayed for him. He was further unable to assist his father at the time he needs him most, when he was taken ill.

He had asked Kibaaro News to beseech all our readers to add their prayers for Allah to have mercy on his father’s soul and all the departed souls. “They said you do not know, whose prayer will by Allah” Imam Bakawsu concluded.

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