Kairo News investigation has proven that the detained Imam of Brikamaba Darsilameh in Central River Region has been “lied about.”
Imam Cherno Gassama’s arrest and subsequent detention incommunicado followed shortly after he had delivered a sermon on the importance of responsible leadership on October 30th. He explained why “Allah enjoins leaders to be responsible, impartial in their judgment, honest and tolerant.” Imam Gassama also preached that “leaders should be God-fearing at all times.”
Imam Gassama’s sermon was not directed at anybody, Kairo News was told. However, some members of his congregation [ruling APRC supporters] lodged complaint against Imam Gassama, accusing him of using the pulpit to “badmouth President Yahya Jammeh.” This led to the arrest of a man who has spent his entire life in the service of Allah on November 2nd.
Imam Gassama, also a religious scholar with large family and several students, has neither named nor pointed accusing fingers at anybody during his sermon which is why his congregation and family are in deep pains. “The old man is victimised for preaching the word of Allah,” said a source.
The venerable cleric is reported to be held in Jan Jan Bureh prisons, along with the Imam of Kanifing Alh. Ousman Sawanneh. Neither of them has so far been charged or appeared in court.
The arrest has already put financial strain on the family and students of the sole breadwinner. “Imam Gassama’s family is suffering mainly due to his illegal detention,” complained a family member.
The family of Imam Cherno Gassama is appealing to the general public to help them keep up with daily feeding. Those who want to donate can do so through Suntou Touray on 07411248764. This number is both on watsapp and viber.