By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Monday, December 2, 2019.
A member of the National Assembly of The Gambia representing the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Banjul South constituency has opposed the construction of more mosques in the territory.
Fatoumatta Njie told members of the National Assembly Wednesday, November 27, 2019, she stands against more mosques being built in public places, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Njie said building more mosques in public departments in a secular state is unjust and injudicious highlighting. “We shouldn’t have mosques in all these places, Madam Speaker. Let them call me whatever they want, I serve my community, not a selected few.”
She furthered that there’s nothing wrong in allocating prayer points for people. She, however, opined that doing so on the basis that The Gambia is a secular state and not an Islamic state is erroneous.
The speaker, National Telegraph gathered is a Muslim herself. Reports say her comments have been received with mixed feelings in different quarters.
“With this idea of having these mosques in our public places Madam Speaker, we should revisit them. We can have prayer places for every Gambian who would wish to pray but a mosque?” she echoed.
She also spoke against Imams being paid by the state saying “When I mentioned this – paying of imams on my social media platform, I received insults.
In my view even if one Imam is put on the government payroll, then all other imams, as well as all priests and other religious leaders, should equally be paid by the state. Madam Speaker, we should stand against and remove all these things.”