Apr 11, 2008, 4:21 AM
He was accompanied by his wife Her Excellency Afiju Daramy, Deputy Ambassador Haja Saidata Sesay, Head of Chancery Andrew Kamara, Consular Officer Sheku Kamara, and Protocol Officer Husainatu Stack-Davies.
After the ‘Juma’ prayers, which was attended by over four hundred citizens, Ambassador Daramy presented, as he put it, through his Consular Officer, “a small fasting package” as his contribution to his Muslim brothers and sisters, especially the less privileged. The package included bags of rice, onions, sugar and gallons of cooking oil.
Speaking through his Head of Chancery, Ambassador Daramy said “it is not the size of the package that matters but the spirit behind it”, noting that he is no religion bias and his duty is to serve all and sundry regardless of race, colour or party.
“It is as a result of that I am associating myself with you during this holy month of fasting,” he said.
The Ambassador took the opportunity to inform the gathering of a nationwide registration of all Sierra Leoneans living in The Gambia, including those in prison and the admitted in hospitals. He also solicited the cooperation of the Sierra Leone community in The Gambia.
Receiving the items on behalf of the ‘Jamaat’, Sheik Imam Malik expressed thanks and appreciation to the Ambassador and his wife and staff of the Embassy.
He observed that since the establishment of the mosque the Embassy has always been showing understanding as it has been supportive of the activities and functions of the mosque.
“On behalf of the entire Muslim Jamaat in The Gambia, I call upon Allah’s blessings and protection to continue to be upon President Ernest Bai Koroma and the people of our beloved country,” Imam Malik said.
The donated items, he promised, will be used for the intended purpose during the fasting.
Ambassador Daramy will officially present his letters of Instruments (credentials) to His Excellency President Yahya Jammeh on Monday 7 July 2014.
By Ralph Ese’Donnu Sawyerr,
Embassy of Sierra Leone,
The Gambia and Senegal