President Yahya Jammeh has unilaterally made The Gambia the world’s newest Islamic nation in hopes to get foreign aid from Arab and Gulf states and to get votes from the country’s majority Muslim population.
But Jammeh’s move instead marginalized the country’s Christian population who said they cannot afford to stand idly by watching their rights eroded and their status reduced to that of second class citizens.
“Today we have reached a point where we Gambian Christians should organize ourselves, our thoughts and ideas as to how to approach our Christian response to The Gambia becoming an Islamic Republic. Pope Francis has given our Christian community a better guidance to position ourselves to once again play a lead role in the country`s political process,” a statement from the Christian Community said.
Christians came under attack in certain parts of The Gambia, including in Banjul, where there was an attempt to close down their cemetery at the entrance of the capital. Clerics from the Supreme Islamic Council, who support Jammeh for their personal interest tried to influence the move, nearly causing conflict.
President Yahya Jammeh is described as one of the world’s last surviving “evil dictators,” and the opposition in The Gambia may be walking through the valley of the shadow of his deadly regime, the Christian community has now decided to back the opposition coalition to vote out Mr. Jammeh.
Jammeh is losing in key cities across the country, including the capital Banjul, where a prominent Christian community exist.
President Jammeh is projected to lose in Christian dominated cities and towns likes Lamin, Banjuliding, Kartong, Kukujang Mariama and in southern Brikama.
…he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end….” is what the second-coming of Jesus Christ will be about.
President Jammeh is surely not Jesus and his kingdom seems to be coming to an end. Is Jammeh getting his final judgment by being voted out?
Judgment day might have come too early for the president who vows to rule for a billion years just after 22 years of repression and the use of fear and intimidation to rule.