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Imam Fofana Urged President Barrow To Exercise Patience And Dialogue With November-11 Protesters

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Imam Ba Kawsu Fofana and President Barrow after performing sermon at the State House mosque earlier today (PhotoCredit: Saul Touray)

By Buba Gagigo

Imam Bawsu Fofana has urged president Adama Barrow to exercise patience and open up avenues for peaceful dialogue with the group preparing to stage a protest on November 11th, 2022.

“I am appealing to President Adama Barrow to exercise patience and restraint. There is an old Mandinka adage that surmised that a leader is akin to a trash dump site where anything and everything is dumped. That’s why I am calling on you, Adama “Suntukungo” [dump site] Barrow, to be patient. Be patient with everything that is and will be thrown at you. That is what will make you a winner.

“While I urged the government to be patient, I am also appealing to the November Protesters to do the same. Let them open avenues for dialogue and maintain peace. Let us manage issues with patience and dialogue, not law and power. That is the reason when you go to the police, they ask you to go and dialogue first. I was detained at the police station for four days recently, and I am here today giving a sermon at state house. That is why I will tell President Dumpsite Barrow to be patient,” he said.

The outspoken Imam made these comments during his Friday Qutbah [Sermon] at the State House Mosque earlier today. This marks the first occasion he led prayers at that venue. President Adama Barrow and many cabinet ministers were congregants at today’s prayers.

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