A Gambian Imam has made threatening remarks against Imam Baba Leigh after branding him as a Muslim, who has allegedly ignored the teaching of his religion. Imam Baba Leigh wouldn’t disclose the name of the Imam during a Freedom radio interview, but he said the Imam’s remarks amounts to hate speech.
According to Imam Leigh, the Imam in question had been calling on Gambian Muslims to abandon his congregation and also to treat him as a non-Muslim. This followed claims that Imam Leigh was a pro-gay rights activist.
“This particular Imam has communicated threats against me. In my view, his statement amounts to hate speech. He is using his congregation to promote hate against me. All that they have been saying about me is false and unfounded,” Imam Leigh said.
Imam Leigh said some of Imam colleagues have been silent when dictator Yahya Jammeh, was arresting, torturing, and killing Gambians with impunity.
“They are all talking now. I wonder where they where, when Jammeh was here killing our people. They never condemn Jammeh, when he killed the nine death row inmates. They never condemn Jammeh, when he persecuted our people. They were all silent. The Gambia doesn’t have issue of gay and lesbian. What are they saying about the issue of land dispute? Land dispute is about to render this country unstable. What are saying about the issue of corruption? What are saying about honesty? They are merely using the gay issue to show seeds of discord in the country,” Imam Leigh remarked.
Imam Leigh maintained that he had been consistent with his role as an Imam. He said Gambians can bear him witness for principled stance to openly condemn Jammeh’s power excesses against our people. He says he was exiled by Jammeh because of his refusal to budge to his intimidation campaign against Gambians.
“I stood against Jammeh. What they are saying today, they were afraid to say it during Jammeh’s rule. We know each other in this country. There are Imams, who had impregnated their maids. There are Imams, who had murdered people, and ran away from this country. There are Imams, who had been living the life of lies, cheating, and adultery. They slept with different women and that is against the dictates of the religion,” Imam Leigh added.
Imam Leigh wouldn’t name names during this interview. He warns that if the said Imams continue to provoke him, he will disclose their names.
“They know themselves. I will reveal their name if they do not stop their lies and smear campaign against me. I know this Imam, who had impregnated his maids. An Imam shouldn’t engage in infidelity. Per sharia law, adultery is prohibited. Islam says people, who engage in adultery should be executed,” said Imam Leigh.