Government Will Not Interfere in Religious Affairs

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Dembo Bojang, President Adama Barrow’s special adviser on Religious, Traditional Affairs, and Culture has told religious leaders on Friday that Gambia’s new government would not interfere in the country’s religious affairs neither to influence the responsible authorities decisions.

Speaking to authorities of The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council at State House on Friday, Dembo Bojang said religious authorities should speak to people, noting that: “We are in New Gambia and we must always remain as united,” he urged. “From now on, all the religious affairs would be run by the competent authorities and not government interfering,” he added.  In the report published by Daily Observer, Mr. Bojang further emphasized the key role of religious leaders in the Gambia: “Religious leaders play important role in the country so they must take up their responsibilities by correcting the wrongs committed by people.”

In the past years, government interference in Islamic religious affairs in the country has caused some controversy particularly in the start and the end of the month of Ramadan but Mr. Bojang assured that the Barrow administration would never participate or influence the decisions of the religious authorities.

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