NAM says SIC leadership brawl can set Gambia on fire


By Aisha Tamba

The National Assembly Member for Kiang Central, Bakary Camara has said the ongoing dispute over the leadership of Supreme Islamic Council can set the country on fire.
The current leadership is locked in a dispute with a group called Rawdatul Majaalis, who has set up a parallel Council headed by Sheriff Muhammed Nano Hydara.

Speaking recently during the adjournment debate at the assembly, NAM Camara said: “I am not happy with the way or manner in which certain religious groups are conducting and portraying themselves in this country. We have the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council that is the apex body in terms of regulations and issues relating to Islam. Of recent, we have seen the re-emergence of another group claiming to be the Supreme Islamic Council. This can be a dangerous thing, which if not resolved can easily set a country on fire.”


Camara called on government to resolve this matter by getting both parties together and talk to them.

“It is easy to address these issues in their infant stage rather than leaving them to outgrow solutions. We must all maintain peace and stability we are known for,” he said.