By Mafugi Ceesay
An Islamic preacher and heads of Majilis houses in Niumi have called on the government to allow the annual religious festivals, Gamos to be held. The festivals were stopped in the wake of the Covid- 19 restrictions imposed in March.
Speaking to The Standard, the spokesperson of the Niumi Kafo Yusupha Darboe said:
“We the people of Madina Sidia (Bakalar Madina) have a Gamo which is a long tradition that attracts thousands of people in addition to the Quranic memorisation courses that are taught there. But all these have been stopped for months now. But now that many public places have been allowed to operate, we want to tell the government to come out and speak to us because we don’t want to be in conflict with the law”.
He called on his fellow religious leaders to add their voices to the call.
“The government only remembers us when they are in trouble. That’s the only time they will remember us to pray for the country. We are appealing to the government to tell us whether we are also free to go ahead with our Gamo, and yearly Quranic recitations,” he said.