No Inauguration for Gaddafi Mosque Chief Imam!
Mr. Momoh Kamara alias Santigie Momoh of 313 Bai Bureh Road, Wellington, Freetown, addressed a news conference at his residence that there will be no inauguration for the self-style Chief Imam, Alhaji Sheik Osman Bangura of Gaddafi Mosque as is expected for October 6th this year.
According to Satingie Momoh, the self-style Osman Bangura did not consult members of the United Muslim League (UML) of the 14 Mosques, which include Baitullah, Thamba, and Rasululkari,. Haysa, Thaqua, Ridwan, Rasululah, Rashideen, Rahmann, Ansaru, just to name a few.
He added that he has informed His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, Minster of Political Affairs, Hon. Alpha Khan, Minister of Mineral Resources, Hon. Minkailu Mansaray, Alhaji Yayah Deen Kamara, President UML, East District Chairman, Mr. Amadu Bangura, Councilor Bai Sama and Hon. Alimamy G. Kargbo of Constituency 99 that there is a rancor between the UML and the self-style Chief Imam of Gaddafi Mosque.
He pointed out that even chiefs such as Pa Komrabai of Portee, Pa Alimamy Bongo of Rokupa, Pa Komrabai of Rokupa Wharf and others have advised him to hold consultations on issues regarding the harmony of the mosque, but failed to listen knowing that one man decision is a recipe for chaos, many a times causes disunity and disaffection.
The pronouncement of Alhaji Sheik Osman Bangura was not made known to the people as it was the self-style Sheik Osman who delivered the message to the people, adding that announcing oneself as the Chief Imam creates a feud amongst the worshipers as they say it is not in consonant with the Libyan Government or better still representative through President Koroma to do the announcement.
He maintained that it is now imminent that people are becoming impatient due to the stubbornness and selfish determination of Sheik Osman Bangura, in his senseless decision to stifle the affairs of a peaceful and harmonized organization. Proclaiming himself president, Chief Imam and leader of the league against the very wish and support of the vast majority of membership of the organization is a decision to reverse.
The self-styled Chief Imam has formed his own executive disregarding the one the former Vice President advised.
He revealed how the so-called Sheik Osman Bangura boasted in public that he is being supported by the APC Government and argued that whosoever interferes with his administration would be arrested and detained. It also revealed that each time the self-styled Chief Imam, is absent the Mosque is left uncared for with no electricity supply.
It is also noted that the self-styled Sheik Osman had cowed many of his relatives to handle key positions in the Mosque as if it was his family heritage.
He articulated that the Chief Imam has forced members of the UML to desert the mosque, underlining that he has also closed Community toilets and centre where the league use to hold meeting on the affairs of the mosque.
He maintained further that he has converted many scholarship opportunities given by the Government for Hajj for his own personal business venture.
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