As the December 1 2016 presidential election draws nearer, the Banjul Muslim Elders Association in collaboration with the Banjul City Council (BCC) on Sunday organised a mass recitation of the Holy Quran for President Jammeh and for peaceful polls in The Gambia.
The event, which took place at the BCC grounds, was attended by the minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Fatou Lamin Faye and elders of the city.
Speaking at the ceremony shortly before the commencement of the process, the mayor of Banjul, Alhaji Abdoulie Bah said the purpose of the Qur’anic recitation was to offer prayers for President Jammeh and the entire country ahead of the December polls so that the election can be conducted in a peaceful manner.
Mayor Bah added that it is the responsibility of all to ensure that the election is free from violence and trouble. “To maintain peace in the country especially during election periods does not rest in the hands of the President and his government alone but to the entire citizenry,” the mayor stated.
He stressed that it is a collective responsibility for all Gambians to pray for a peaceful election and unity in the country before and after the elections; thus, urging Banjulians to always offer prayers to The Gambia.
The Imam Ratib of Banjul, Alhaji Cherno Mass Kah appealed to all Imams in the country to preach peace during their weekly Friday sermons so that Allah the Almighty can protect the country from violence in the 1st December election.
He further urged Banjulians and Gambians in general to remain calm and play their roles so that peace and stability can prevail in the city and the country in general. “Islam is a religion of truth and as a Muslim country, all family heads in the country should always preach peace at family level,” he added.
Imam Ratib Kah also used the opportunity to call on the Muslim Ummah to pray for peace in other countries that are suffering from violence, and conflict.
The chairman of the Banjul Muslim Elders Association, Alhaji Alieu Mboge, urged all Gambians, irrespective of their religion to promote the continuing peace and stability Gambians are enjoying under President Jammeh’s government.
According to him, Banjulians will continue to pray for President Jammeh and the entire country. He described the day as a ‘Special Prayer Day’ for the President, to honour him for what he has done for Banjul.
by Lamin B. Darboe