Gambia Declared Islamic Nation By their President, Yahya Jammeh on Friday at the end of political rally, according to the president, it is a move which is designed to distance the West African state further from its colonial masters. President, Yahya went further to say that Muslims make up the majority in the country.
During the process when Gambia Declared Islamic Nation, the president said “In line with the country’s religious identity and values, I proclaim Gambia as an Islamic state,” “As Muslims are the majority in the country, the Gambia cannot afford to continue the colonial legacy,” We will be an Islamic state that will respect the rights of the citizens” he declared
President Jammeh on the same note assured all citizens of other religions like the Christians that they would still be able to practice their religious rituals in the country without imposing any dress code on any one. According to statistics, Gambia has a population of 1.8 million people with 95 percent Muslim.
Jammeh who has ruled the country for 21 years, and known for making surprise declarations over the years made it clear that this decision to join the ranks of other Islamic Republics such as Iran and Afghanistan is not negotiable.
Mr. Jammeh seized power in 1994, even after series of accuse of arbitrary arrest and detention of political opponents, brutal inventive methods of torture by rights groups.
It could be recalled that in October 2013, President Jammeh, 50 years, a military officer and former wrestler in his way of making decisions had pulled Gambia out of the Commonwealth, without any form of prior notice to the country
Though according to report an opposition leader has said that this kind of decision which has to do with the faith of the citizens needs to go through a referendum.
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