Am seriously worried about the deliberate abuse of power and the shameful disregard of the constitutional rights of Gambian Muslims to practice their faith by evil Jammeh. Equally worrying, is the attempt by the overzealous and fundamentalist Islamic scholars led by State House Imam Fatty to impose their own and imported brand of Islam on Gambian Muslims without their consent. Imam Fatty in conjunction with President Jammeh, who apparently cannot even read Arabic, much more the Quran, decided to issue an irrelevant and baseless “fatwa” and use security agents to enforce it on Gambians. This directly contravenes our constitution which guarantees everyone within the jurisdiction of The Gambia, whether citizen or non-citizen the inalienable right to worship without any interference from either Yaya Jammeh or the over excited bunch of frustrated Islamic scholars with the sole aim of turning The Gambia into a sharia state. Let me enlighten you, Mr imam Fatty and your conspirator, Yaya Jammeh, that turning The Gambia into Islamic theocracy will remain a figment of your imagination and fantasy and will never happen in your sorry life time.
The Gambia constitution clearly describes and states that, the country is a democracy and shall be govern by the will of the people. It guarantees Gambians the freedom to worship without undue interference from state. This simply means ,president Jammeh or imam fatty and the money hungry supreme Islamic council have no right to tell Gambians when, how and where to celebrate EID .They should not force Gambians to celebrate EID on same day or else forfeit their celebration. This stupid “fatwa” by imam fatty and the supreme Islamic council clearly borders on extremism and is an insult to the intelligence of millions of Gambian Muslims. Gambians are perfectly capable of knowing when they want to celebrate their EID and did not want any nanny state to tell them which day to celebrate .It’s the right of Gambian Muslims whether in kombo or In the provinces to choose Eid day without any form of intimidation and threat from demented president Jammeh and corrupt supreme Islamic council. This fantasy of celebrating EID on same day is not only boring and unappealing, but it’s an outright violation of our rights to practice our faith in the way, we want. Not how president Jammeh or jihadist imam fatty dreams of.
I was fuming with anger and at same time feeling sad, when I heard imam Fatty saying he issue a “fatwa”, as our homeland, a once shining example of democracy is sinking into abyss of insignificant, since a no body like Imam fatty can issue a ” fatwa” and the paramilitary police are send to enforce that by arresting and detaining religious leaders. This is the lowest of the low. This fragrant abuse of our rights should be a waking call to Gambians, to smell the coffee and stand up against the Jammeh administration to our assert their rights. If Yaya Jammeh and imam fatty get away with this, we don’t know what kind of madness, they are coming with next time around. I am not in way insinuating violence in The Gambia but we should take a leave from Arab uprising and give two fingers to president Jammeh and his enablers like imam Fatty, telling them enough is enough. Imam fatty, a word of caution. Yaya Jammeh is the most disloyal and unreliable human being, God have created on planet earth. He will surely humiliate you soon and send you to Mile two. Yaya is paranoid about losing power and will kill his own mother, if that will mean he will remain in power. For this reason, we should be very resolute, patient and determine to dislodge Jammeh from office and all options should be on the table. The diaspora Gambian community, keen on removing Jammeh should channel their energy, resources and finance to local oppositions on the ground by empowering them with means to grab Jammeh’s prime asset, POWER. We should be well discipline in our effort to get rid of president Jammeh and stop the petty squabbling on minor and personality issues in our struggle to confront Jammeh. United Gambian diaspora struggle will be the catalyst for the downfall and end of the Jammeh’s impunity. Amen.