Friday, February 23, 2018

We cannot forget

 I was flabbergasted by what I heard coming out of the mouth of Imam Yasin Abu Bakr this past week. We are almost close to the 24th anniversary of the 1990 attempted coup, and here we have this perpetrator uttering pseudo-threats to the nation. 

During an interview aired live on WIN Radio 101.1 FM, Bakr was asked for his response to a raid by the police on Tuesday night at the Jamaat’s mosque in Carapo, in which the son of the mosque’s imam, Rajaee Ali, and several others were arrested by police. 

In a loud, angry voice, Bakr said: “The coming into the mosque at Ramadan and detaining people unlawfully will not and I repeat will not be accepted.

“Big man Mr Alexander, if you think that you can do whatever you want and you not accountable to God, Mr Commissioner of Police, Mr Griffith, this is Abu Bakr.

“I am saying that if you continue this transgression against us, we will respond appropriately. End of talk!” 

I know that he was granted amnesty for his actions, but we cannot forget what this man did to our country. We nearly lost everything we hold dear to our hearts and we suffered immense material and psychological damage, all because of what he chose to do.

It shows we have one of the strongest democracies in the world when we can have such a transgressor making statements like that in the public domain. 

Kenneth Lee-Pow