Tumana’s parliamentarian Foday N.M Drammeh this evening claimed closure of mosques could lead to a surge in crimes in The Gambia.
A vocal voice in debate matters in the house, Drammeh was chipping in his assessment of the National Assamebly Special Select Committee’s report on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Suggesting the need for relaxing lock down restrictions but with a cautious approach towards avoid the virus spiraling out of control, including curbing the hiking price of food commodities in the face of reduced gasoline, Foday insists the shut down on public prayer places could have a knock-on effect and lead to criminality.
“The way we are going as a nation, it will indeed kill our religious commitments in the hearts, minds, and souls of our young people. We will be very relaxed and lackadaisical in our worship and that has a lot of impact on the livelihood of the people of this country,” he said.
Continuing, he said: “And the impact will be , it will raise the crime of this country. Most of the young people are not involved in crimes because of their religious perspective but the moment people are staying at home with outgoing to the masjids -observing their compulsory prayers and even Jumaa’h prayers -we are becoming very relaxed.”