FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

25 January 2013

Gambia: The Editor, Imam Baba Leigh and the Imams

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We have to stop our reporters from interviewing Imams under anonymity because of the potential for fanning distrust and discord among them. In short, if one mentions talking to an Imam in Basse some may assume that it is the Imam of the main mosque and start to give him advices not to talk to the Press.

Our findings however reveal that most people we have spoken to are praying for the release of Imam Baba Leigh. We are aware that contrary to the view that all religious leaders are unconcerned some have expressed their concerns to the key authorities but have yet to receive any feedback.

We therefore hope that Foroyaa has played its role in holding the government accountable to the people by seeking the views of all stakeholders, especially persons of conscience on the incommunicado detention of Imam Baba Leigh.

We thank the envoy of an Imam from Brikama who called us to explain the possible confusion and accusations and counter accusations among Imams that anonymous reportage could generate. Foroyaa aims to breed enlightenment and unity not confusion and division. A state is very powerful and if no one stands for the individual citizenry by scrutinizing the state, impunity would be the order of the day.

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