Gambia’s president declares Islamic statehood

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has declared the West African country an Islamic republic, saying the decision was made because Islam is the religion of most citizens and the nation must break away from its colonial past.


Jammeh  made the declaration at the end of a political rally held on Friday at the coastal village of Brufut, about 15km west of the capital Banjul.

“In line with the country’s religious identity and values, I proclaim Gambia as an Islamic state,” the Gambian leader said.

About 90 per cent of Gambia’s 1.8 million people are Muslim. The country gained independence from Britain in 1965.

“Gambia cannot afford to continue the colonial legacy,” Jammeh said.

In an attempt to allay the fears of religious minorities, Jammeh said the rights of Gambia’s Christian community, who make up about eight per cent of the country’s population, would be protected.

Jammeh said there would be no mandates on dress. “We will be an Islamic State that will  respect the rights of all citizens and non-citizens,” he said.

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  1. Yinka Salaam

    Yahya Jammeh’s Gambia should expect and prepare for Western Crucible. It may be inform of sponsorship of mysterious militant group/s like Boko Haram whose sponsors and mission remain hazy.

    It could be inform of wrong accusations for possible invasion like America did in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It could be in form of sponsoring internal insurrection and sponsorship of opposition as in Egypt and, the least, it could be in form of decades of sanctions as in Iran.

    I wish them well. My best regards to the government and people of Gambia. Best of Luck with God’s Guidance.

  2. Adekoya Abolore

    To Gambian President, he should prepare to face western power with their falsehood and propagandas in line with their mechinarises and tools. May Allah bless him, assist him to face the battle and the battle.

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