‘I did not help Jammeh stay in power’

By Omar Bah

Imam Abdoulie Fatty has said it was Gambians who kept Jammeh in power for long and not him.
Imam Fatty was speaking on Paradise FM in response to Agriculture Minister Omar Jallow’s claims that he (Fatty) helped Jammeh to stay in power for 22-years.

Minister Jallow has also called on Imam Abdoulie Fatty to apologise to Gambians for not doing enough to stop Yahya Jammeh from committing heinous crimes against Gambians.
In response yesterday, Imam Fatty said: “When Jammeh was dropping his military uniform many Gambians including elders and Imams were there but I was not….So how did I help Yahya Jammeh stay in power for 22-years? What kept Jammeh in power for 22-years was his work so OJ and his colleagues should tighten their belts and work.”

He continued: “Gambians believe in working and Jammeh was doing exactly that….He built roads and the University of The Gambia….What was OJ doing in 30 years? Jammeh’s hard work is why young people and Gambians followed him.”

Imam Fatty added that Jammeh used politics to control the country “although one will say he was using power as well. That was why when he killed people the whole nation will keep quiet. OJ should understand that we studied Islam and we will talk about it whenever we deem it necessary…Nobody can stop us from doing that. We have nothing to fear when we are preaching about our religion.”

On whether he should apologise to Gambians as urged by OJ, an unapologetic Imam Fatty said: “Many believe OJ was responsible for the 1994 coup because he made it easy for Yahya Jammeh to succeed. When Jawara said he was going to step down if OJ accepted him to step down in 1991 at the PPP Mansakonko conference somebody else would have taken over from him. Imam Sheikh Hatab Bojang was jailed during PPP regime when OJ was a Minister. What did he do at the time?” Fatty queried.
“It is OJ who should apologise to Gambians for witnessing all the difficulties Gambians went through during the PPP government when he was serving as Minister,” he added.

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  1. Imam Fatty is a true believer in God. He has no power, means or mandate to keep Jammeh in power. Oj should watch his steps so that he don’t lose his political fame in society.

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  2. I CRY FOR GAMBIA WHEN PEOPLE LIKE IMAM FATY ARE AROUND MISLEADING US THROUG HIS UNISLAMIC PREACHING ISLAM IS PEACE AND TOLARANCE WE CANOT ALOWE PEOPLE LIKE IMAM FATY TO TURN THIS COUNTRY INTO ANOTHER BOOKOO HARAM SITUATION

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  3. One should understand that nobody is infallible. Imam may have committed some mistakes given the circumstances in which he was operating as an Imam, but he did his best to enlighten us about the Islamic religion. Only those who do not want hear the likes of Imam Fatty because of their stance on prophetic sunnah will cast aspersions on him. What can he do with the mad tyrant Yahya Jammeh, who we had seen did not even spare his own brethren; who we had seen did not even heed to his own mum. If OJ were in Imam Fatty’s position, what would he have done different. As Imam Fatty has said, we saw his performance under the first Republic.

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    1. My friend if Imam Fatty is an Imam preaching sunnah please advise him to shut up and Fear Allah. He have to repent for jailing of Muhideen Hydara. Yaya just use this Imam but still he is yet to see it.

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  4. least you forget, OJ. Stood against Jammeh on many occasions and was tortured and jailed. Did you forget that he lost one of his eyes due to Jammeh’s tortured. Please if you can’t thank him. leave him man alone.

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    1. Foolish reasoning. OJ is responsible for all the electoral frauds that kept Jammeh in power. Him and BIG FOOL Yankuba Colley waere the achitects of registering foreigners to vote for PPP. Jasmmeh lerant the art/trade from them HYPOCRITS! LET OJ SHUT UP. LONG LIVE IMAM FATTY

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  5. Fatty plz give us a break, u really don’t have noting to say here….were u not seeing Jammeh was killing innocent Gambians? Were u not seeing that Jammeh was looting our money and giving it to forefingers ?you once said that Jammeh never had a girlfriend, and u cursed people who hate Jammeh, so I’m Wonder u will behave like this because u lost your faith, that’s why Allah demoted u!

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  6. Muhammed Lamin Dumbuya · Edit

    Fatty plz give us a break, u really don’t have noting to say here….were u not seeing Jammeh was killing innocent Gambians? Were u not seeing that Jammeh was looting our money and giving it to forefingers ?you once said that Jammeh never had a girlfriend, and u cursed people who hate Jammeh, so I’m Wonder u will behave like this because u lost your faith, that’s why Allah demoted u!

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  7. Imam Fatty is rendered obsolete and discredited by Jammeh’s atrocities. Imam fatty has lost the moral compass and trying to garner sympathy from a supposedly sympathetic followers based on ethnic sensibilities will fail. Your legacy just like Jammeh is stained for ever.

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  8. W ho are these anonymous anonymous cowards and disingenuous snakes. It is peak of cowardice and hypocrisy to hide behind spurious names and throw dirt on others. If you believe in what you say and is truthful, you must be manly enough to remove the burga and debate.
    One have get a conscience and belief in yourself and your utterances especially in a new democratic dispensation. Please lets have real people taking responsibilty of their statements rather spreading calumny and hatred masquerading your real identity. This deceptive and awesomely foolish.

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  9. The trueth shall set us free & may ALLAH guide and protect us on d straight path.ALLAH is d protector & defender of d believers.No man is perfect so this IMAM FATTY & OJ saga should STOP ! cuz they are all family men and respected elders in The Gambia !

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  10. Sidat Yaffa, Ph.D., UTG, Farafenni Campus · Edit

    I know many Gambians with the full name Lamin Darboe. Now I want to know which of those Lamin Darboes this one is. Full disclosure of identity would be helpful in this discourse. I have already disclosed my identity by stating my full name and place of work. Thanks.

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  11. Abdoulie fatty! Shot up, if you have nothing to say. Gambian were not sleeping. We heard you loud and clear when jammeh was there buying you and some of your fellow greedy imams not to speak the truth. Is it now that you are talking? When jammeh fired you, we’re you not interviewed and you said “it’s today that am APRC than yesterday.” Were you not the one praying against all those who are against jammeh? As an imam, you speak against shirk but yet still fight for the ritual water that jammeh got from his idols and you wash your face with it. You know very well that the 100s of that sands jammeh was giving you and your fellow greedy imams was not legal for you, it’s from the National coffers. How come you never told jammeh not to kill those 9 people in mile 2 but instead tried to justify the killing using you own interpretation of the Holy quran. Back in the days when you and the SIC were giving jammeh those bogus titles, shaikh, nasirudeen, and so on what we’re you thinking. Is it now that you are speaking? Shot the folk up! How come you never told jammeh not to arrest our religious leaders, just because they spoke the truth. Why now? when we fought against your prophet jammeh and sent him to exile, now you want to be a lion. Are you trying to credit yourself? What are you thinking? Do you think gambians are stupid? Do your self a favor, continue to enjoy the freedom that you fought against for many years because of money and fear. It’s now that you are shamelessly trying very hard to fit in the Gambian society. Look, Gambians are very forgiving but do not think they will forget so quickly. You did a lot of wrongs and we know that. So don’t try to act like you were a lion while in reality you were a goat. My advice to you is to shot up and leave us alone. You used to be so powerful back then that you even order the arrest of people by the NIA. you are the most shameless person I have ever seen. You better repent to God because you have blood on your hands.

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  12. Imam Fatty for the sake goodness stop the politics. Islamic leaders should not be fighting on the media with politicians. Imaam Fatty fear Allah and stop this politics cos no good will come from it. We do not care about the Ahmadis because for us mountains will move but not our Imaan. Please let us all fear Allah and learn from our past mistakes. We all have our short comings and dont see why we should be pointing fingers at each other. Imam Fatty if you an Imam i dont expect you to bring yourself this low fighting for dunya because you will not call these deen. It is sad you are saying Jammeh was working. working for who? Gambia, you or himself? What work did Yaya your friend did? You have your many secrets with Jammeh just check yourself and recall your memory on the Ramadan and Eid issues. If Jammeh was sincere in developing this country then Gambia would have been far ahead by now. Imam Fatty wake up from your sleep and fear Allah and know that Gambia is a secular state and Jammeh have used you enough. Wake up Imam

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  13. Both the imam and the minister are equal responsible for the last fifty plus years of inaction and chaos in our belove country. Mr Omar jallow and some of his cabinet colleagues objected to the announcement by President Jawara to step aside due old age in 1991. It was the screams and shouting of then vice president seikou saballey, and Mr Omar jallow , Mr Jawara, cannot step aside and the end result of their objection brought Yahya jammeh and his cohorts.
    Mr jallow is calling out the Islamic council for its objections to the application for the Hamadya television license .The Islamic council has right to not allow corruption of the minds of practicing Muslims in the Gambia. If the right of this group can be defended ,what about the right of supreme islamic council.so calling out individuals or organizations for expressing their right to speak up for or against something shouldn’t divide Gambian.

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  14. please. help and save The Gambia from giving this FATTY so call S I C preacher the free publicity he dying for we have enough of his. ugly face. The Gambia immigration should depoet him back to M F D C LAND in casa and give us peace shameless to come back explaining

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  15. We are. fedup with this lmam Fatty telling us kind Of stupid and senseless things about yayah jammeh the news and radio stations are inviting this fool to prolong this drama for GOD ,s please stoooooop thos drama

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  16. Lying hound he is this Fatty Kunda Funto.
    I keep wondering why he gets to be accorded the forum to continue spewing out his hateful sermons. This evil serpent must learn that his days are over. His time for making hay (TERRETEH) is gone as are the days of Free BENAKINO from all those JEGGS in the corner.
    A WULU KABAANO. If anyone cares to check, FENYO BA ALA KURRTO KONO.

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  17. Let us as Gambians investigate whether Imam Fatty is a Gambian in the first place,if not he should not be allowed to sow seeds of discord to distabilise our country.If he really is he should be matured enough to bring Gambians together as one family and not hide behind religion to seperate us.

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  18. Imam fatty has nothing to say again he was dancing with jammeh for the whole of 22yrs .So keep quiet imam you assist jammeh to jailed and killed pls keep quiet and apologis the gambia’s.

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  19. Imam fatty are a big hypocrite and a big shameless imam in the Gambia.If are stupid and arrogant in makeling noise in the Gambia again.Your colleague one imam Ceesay was attacked in my present by a man that you and that so called imam Ceesay, he also used to lead prayers in State House during Dictator Jammehs time reported them to Baster Jammeh and the his dead from the brutal tortured from Baster Jammeh killers tortured.The man said you so called was part of people who reported them until the other man dead.That day was General Savage who safe your friend that imam Ceesay.

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