7 January 2013

Gambia: Imam Baba Leigh's Family Consulted Again On Progress Made

This reporter spoke to the family members of Imam Baba Leigh to get an update on his whereabouts a month after his arrest and detention. A wife lamented that since 3 December 2012 their lives have been totally disrupted because of the arrest and detention of the Imam. The Family, she said, is in a state of shock and disbelief. She said she is still very confused about the matter and she is praying to almighty Allah for her to be reunited with her husband (Imam Baba Leigh). She added that, "I am not comfortable with the issue but we are just coping with the situation", she lamented.

The daughter of the Imam added that since the incident happened she is trying very hard to cope with life. She emphasized that the whereabouts of her father at this very moment is unknown.

The caretaker of the Kanifing Estate (Mosque) Amadou Senghore who praised Almighty Allah said Imam Baba Leigh is a good man who is also one of the people who encouraged him to be attending the mosque's prayers. He also said when he first heard the news, it was very shocking to him and it surprised him as to what would have happened to cause his disappearance "because Imam Baba Leigh is a very pious man and very active in all affairs concerning the religion." The Caretaker said since the incident he is always praying for him to be in peace wherever he may be and he is sending his heartfelt sympathy to his entire family.

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