May 8, 2012, 1:34 PM
The Supreme Islamic Council has elected its new executive. Momodou Lamin Touray and ten others were elected having stood unopposed. The other executive members are: Alhagie Sheriff Bajan, 1stVice President; Sheikh Gibril Kujabi, 2ndVice President; Dr. Mbye Kebba Kah, Secretary-General; Ebrima Touray, Deputy Secretary-General; Ajaratou Jainaba Dibba, Assistant Secretary General English; Cherno Darboe, Assistant Secretary-General Arabic; Baba Drammeh Junior, Treasurer; Alhagie Mamadou Lamin Kanteh, Assistant Treasurer; Alhagie Baba Bubacarr Drammeh, Auditor and Aja Maimuna Savage, Assistant Auditor.
We wish the new executive the best of luck in their new roles but also appeal for calm and unity in the ranks of all Muslims. Directly in the aftermath of the election the offices of The Point were stormed by a group of people who were not best pleased with the outcome of the election. They were irate and discontented with the turn of events they had just witnessed. The group had supported an alternative candidate for the presidency. What is called for now is a period of calm. Let each group assess their situation with cool heads and try and seek a peaceful solution.
In his farewell speech, the outgoing president of SIC, Alh. Banding Drammeh, assured the new executive of his continued support. He called for unity and understanding among Muslims in the country. The names of these executive members were announced by the Returning Officer, Alhaji Mustapha Carrayol, Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). We add our voice to this call and hope that unity, prosperity and peace will flow for all Muslims during the life of the new executive. Fighting has no place in Islam, it is a religion of peace. We ask all Muslims in The Gambia to remember this at all times and try to live in a fashion which adheres to these Islamic principles.
"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."