Executive of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) on Sunday met Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow to show solidarity and support as the Gambia is currently under a political transitional nightmare.
The Supreme Islamic Council is the religious body recognized by Yahya Jammeh’s government to lead in religious affairs in the country.
Speaking at the meeting, Alhaji Muhammed Lamin Touray, the President of Supreme Islamic Council congratulated the president-elect and coalition team on their victory in the December 1st Presidential election. He said: “Three days after the election, we had an emergency meeting to called to congratulate you and assured you and your team of our support,” SIC President said.
Imam Touray spoke at length on the history of the council, its role and relation with the government since it was established in 1992 saying the council was formed by Gambians from all regions of the country. He prayed for the new government and reminded President-elect Barrow to always remember that “leadership is ordained by Allah. He gives to whoever He will”.
Imam Ratib Alhaji Cherno Alieu Mass Kah also congratulated President-elect Barrow and called on him to be the president for all Gambians. He prayed for peace, stability and progress in the country.
For his part, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe commended the country’s religious leaders for their good stand. “I believe you will guide us when we strayed from the path,” Darboe told the scholars.
Receiving the delegation, President-elect Barrow thanked the Muslim elders for the gesture. He asked them to pray for peace, stability and progress in the country. He told them to guide to do what is right adding he is ready to work with them for the interest of the nation. “My doors are always open,” Barrow said.
President-elect Barrow told the delegation that he knew almost all of them as he worked with them before citing in particular the Imam Ratib of Banjul Alhaji Cherno Alieu Mass Kah whom he said taught him at Muslim High School.
Meanwhile, the meeting was attended by the country’s scholars among them Alhaji Banding Drammeh, Imam Ebrima Jarjue Imam Sankung Touray and Alhaji Alieu Mboge among others.