Breaking News:EX-Vice Chairman SB Sabally Calls On President Jammeh To Free Baba Jobe and others!
OPEN  LETTER  TO  MR. YAHYA  JAMMEH, PRESIDENT  OF  THE  REPUBLIC  OF  THE  GAMBIA—STATE HOUSE,  BANJUL.

FRIDAY 01st DECEMBER, 2006

President Yahya JAMMEH
President of the Republic of The Gambia
State House
The Quadrangle
BANJUL
The Gambia

FREEDOM, FREEDOM, FREEDOM,

A  PRESIDENT HAS THE PREROGATIVE TO PARDON PRISONERS OF ALL CLASSES.
Mr. Bra-Rabbit says; “It is impossible for a man who is warm to understand one who is cold.”

FREEDOM,
THERE IS NOTHING
YOU CAN REPLACE IT WITH,
BECAUSE
THAT IS HUMAN DIGNITY.

Dear Sir, Mr. President,

Good Day!  How are you, Mr. President?

FREEDOM, THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN REPLACE IT WITH, BECAUSE THAT IS HUMAN DIGNITY.

ONE    LITTLE   ACT    OF   KINDNESSS
CAN   HAVE   MULTIPLE   RESULTS.
The Holy-Prophet (has) said; “If a person owning a slave (prisoner) sets him free, God will in recompense save every part of his body corresponding to every part of the slave’s body from the torment of Hell fire.”

“FAARAA  NING   JAMBA-KATANGO–
SII-NYO KUU BUKA SII-NYO KAARI” is a famous Mandingo saying, meaning; ‘What affects your neighbor can also affect you.’  For example, when a mighty blazing fire catches your next-door neighbor’s home, rush out to put it off, before the same fire will come onto your own home. Remember that every Gambian is a brother to every other Gambian.

ALL POWER, AUTHORITY, KNOWLEDGE, AND TRUTH ARE WITH ALLAH.  GLORY TO HIM!
Truth is often bitter
to the taste of those who live on Falsehoods,
and Shams and profit by them.
They hate the Truth, and plot against it.
But will they succeed?

Men cannot settle the high affairs of the State.
If they plot against the Truth,
the Truth will destroy them, just as,
if they accept the Truth,
the Truth will make them free.
It is Allah Who disposes of affairs.

The enforcement of the Gambian brotherhood is the greatest social ideal of “22nd July Revolution”. On it was based the [the now defunct AFPRC’s] Call for Gambian Unity, and Gambian Brotherhood cannot be completely realized until this ideal is achieved.
We are all Gambians (Brothers).  Allah’s Statements: “(This is) a Grace from Allah and His Favour. And Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.”  49:8   “The Believers are but a single brotherhood: So make peace and Reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; And fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.”  49:10   And, “…but, whoever forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward remains with Allah.”  42:40   “…but forgive them, and overlook (their misdeeds); for Allah loves those who are kind.” 5:13
Mr. President, I am appealing to you in matters of forgiveness (pardon) for the following prisoners, so that, on the one hand, I may not become too egotistical, and, on the other, I may not lightly abandon the responsibilities which devolve on me as a personality whose development counts in the sight of Allah.

Mr. President,
What is necessary to defeat the enemy is allowed, but inflicting unnecessary suffering is forbidden.
Who are these prisoners? They are your brothers and the source of your power. Leadership is a God-given privilege. God in His Wisdom confers temporary authority upon you over them. Their fate now lay in the hands of your government. Your government must have the courage of its convictions and pardon these prisoners come this forthcoming festive seasons of Christmas & New Year, and “Tobaski Pray 2006,” respectively: “to preserve life and the dignity of the human being and to limit suffering.”

GROUPS of Prisoners / Detainees…:
(1)  [Common law prisoners] LIFERS   & CONDEMNED
Lamin Darboe— (Convicted since 1984)
Kebba Camara
Omar Sey
(Pa) Abdoulie Sowe (a)
Abdoulie Sowe (b)
Lamin Fatty…………… [Was a policeman on duty…]
Omar Manjang……….. [Was a policeman on duty…]
Abu Jah
Harr Babou
Kissima Bajaha
Abdoulie Joof
Pa Faal
Saihou (S) Faal
[Just to name a few….]   NB:  Many have served over 16 years to 21 years!

(2) (a) [Prisoners of Conscience]  POLITICAL  CONVICTS  (Condemned):
Lamin F. Jammeh
Alieu Bah
Lamin Jarjue
[Reference: Khartong Attack…]

(b)  (Serving a 16 year jail-term)
Landing Sanneh (alias “Berek”)

(3) (a) [Prisoners of Conscience] POLITICAL REMANDS / DETAINEES?
Sulayman Alhagie Sarr
Balo Bubacarr Kanteh
Omar-Joof (John) Dampha
Issa Baldeh
AbdouRahman Baldeh
Abdoulie Sonko
[Reference: Farafenni Attack…]

(b) [Soldiers-REMANDS]
Gibril Badjie
Michael Dacosta
[Reference: Alleged Murder case…]

(4) [All those Convicted and or Detained (politically) since I discharged from prison on Monday 26th January 2004]

All Common –law prisoners with alternative sentences of fines.
It goes without saying that here both Musa Sussoh and Baba Jobe could be on the forefront since they were once National Assembly members…Forgive them! The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness! More so, I don’t think they are your enemies. Allah knows Best!

They evinced a strong desire to be reunited with their kith and kin, but in point of fact “they have no mouth” i.e. cannot speak for themselves. As I was once with them; then a fortiori I can able to speak for them so as to see their freedom but on humanitarian grounds.
Now tell me what punishment you should have for these prisoners of different grades? (Personally) I expect you to treat them as Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) treated his erring brothers.
It is harder to be patient and forgive, and yet to get wrongs righted, as was done by Prophet Yusuf [Joseph] and the Holy-Prophet, Muhammad (S.A.W.), than to bluster about and “punish the guilty” or try to “teach them lessons”.  It may look like futility or lack of purpose, but in reality it is the highest and noblest form of courage and resolution.  And it may carry out the purpose of reform and the suppression of evil even better than stern punishment. The gentleness of innocence often “persuades where stronger measures fail.”  But of course circumstances alter cases, and there is some allowance also to be made for the personal equation of the men you have to deal with: in some cases severity may be called for, but it should be from a strict judicial motive, and not merely from personal anger or any lower motive in disguise.  And Allah’s Statements; “But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an affair of great resolution.”  42:43   “…and, when they are angry even forgive.”  42:37.

They and their families are in great need of whatever good you bestow on them! They would be very much grateful if you could set them free on this forthcoming festive season of Christmas & New Year, and “Tobaski Pray 2006,” respectively: “to preserve life and the dignity of the human being and to limit suffering.”

On these great days [Christmas & New Year, and Tobaski Pray], the greatest miracle and most wonderful working of Allah’s grace will be the union of hearts [Gambian Brotherhood]. At all times we must pray to Allah for this gift above all;–freedom, union, understanding, and pure and sincere affection among all who take Gambian Citizenship. With it there is strength and success. Without it there is humiliation, slavery and moral degradation. There may be many causes of difference and dispute. The reconciliation can only come from the glory and wisdom of Allah.

Mr. President,
To do justice and act righteously in a favourable or neutral atmosphere is meritorious enough, but the real test comes when you have to do justice to people who hate you or to whom you have an aversion. But no less is required of you by the higher moral law.
You must not retaliate or return evil for evil. The hatred of someone does not justify hostility on your part. We have to help each other and forgiving each other in righteousness and piety, not in perpetuating feuds of hatred and enmity. We may have to fight and put down evil, but never in a spirit of malice or hatred, but always in a spirit of justice and righteousness.

Mr. President,
I pray and solemnly appeal to you [your high office of state] that you will carry them through their lives’ darkest hours into the daylights of the Gambian society (for reconciliation and reintegration]—a society that welcomes everyone (on compassionate grounds) with open arms, shows their appreciations and compassion for them, and offers (them) the precious gift of forgiveness and true-friendship / true-brotherhood.   

Mr. President,
You (now) already know what their circumstances are and what they need…So I’ll trust that you take care of them. I pray that you’re obligated to quickly give my appeal (on their behalf) your high office imprimatur and, at the same time set them free on humanitarian grounds…with words; “You are all pardoned. By God, you will have no punishment today and no reproof. I have not only forgiven you, but as a proof of my regard for you, I have decided to invite you to ask me for anything I can give.”

To such persons (and their families) the message of pardon (freedom) will come as good news: because it will show them the way of true forgiveness for anything wrong in the past and it will give them the promise of a “life”…How must these prisoners have felt at this time? True, they did not shed tears of regret but their hearts must have been full of regret and remorse.

Mr. President,
There is nothing more or better I can ask you for than that you should sincerely, courageously and wholeheartedly pardon these prisoners on humanitarian grounds. Forgive them the likely mistakes which have issued from their hearts. And I pray to God and ask for His forgiveness and whatever excesses and enormities they allegedly might have committed against you.

No man is perfect. Everyone has his fault. We are all human. None of us is infallible!

Mr. President,
SEE   A   FRIEND   IN   NEED?  BE   A   FRIEND   IN   DEED.
I am solemnly appealing to you [on behalf of the prisoners and their kith and kin] for a pardon come this “Christmas & New Year and Tobaski Pray 2006” respectively so that they could have a big “Welcome Home”-welcome back to the Family…!

There will be no more tears then, nor pain, or missing of dear ones…Please, Mr. President, fling wide open the gates of The Gambian Prisons so as to see about the freedom of prisoners on “that day” when you would have slaughtered your Tobaski ram (sheep). Allah’s Statement, “Is there any Reward for Good—other than Good?” GRATITUDE IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT ATTITUDE.  Despite our trials, we can give thanks for Allah’s unfailing love and goodness.

Mr. President,
TRUE   COMPASSION   IS   LOVE   IN   ACTION.
Perhaps some might argue that all [the above mentioned prisoners] cannot be released together (especially the “lifers” and or the “condemned”) [but for all to go is not impossible…and nothing is wrong with that either…] in that I’d still appeal that their “life” and or “death-“sentences be commuted to lesser sentences of 6-12 years—so that anyone who might have already served over 12 years would be a free person and those yet to do so will stay to complete the term…

There is a saying by Mr. Bra-Rabbit, “WHEN   YOU   ARE   LAUGHING,   THE   WHOLE   WORLD   LAUGHS   WITH   YOU,   BUT    WHEN   YOU   ARE   CRYING,   YOU   DO   IT   ON   YOUR   OWN.”

FRIENDS   ARE   SELDOM   FOUND;   THEY   ARE   MADE.

REAL LOVE TAKES ACTION…
Mr. President!
As I have served my undeserved 9 year-jail term with them; Brotherhood has [showed me that it’s important to share another’s (their) tears…] and cry (with them) [forgiveness and freedom through your high office of state.]  ‘I’ (an ex-convict) will (also) stand together (with) them [today, tomorrow and forever, Insha-Allah—Allah Willing!] to see their freedom.

YOU    MAY   GIVE   WITHOUT   LOVING,
BUT   YOU   CAN’ T   LOVE    WITHOUT   GIVING.

“A heartfelt tear can show (such) our true love
As words can never do;
It says, “‘I [YOUR GAMBIAN BROTHER’] feel in part your pain and I want to share your pain—
MY   HEART    GOES   OUT   TO   YOU.”

A   SORROW    SHARED   IS    A    SORROW    HALVED.
[Saying] “Weep with those who weep.”  Sometimes the best thing we can do for those who are traveling life’s most sad and lonely road is to   “HELP   THEM   CRY.”   We are to love and support one another as we travel / move together through the process of grieving.
They evinced a strong desire to be reunited / reconciled with their kith and kin in no time. And we pray, “May Allah do that!”
(Ameen!  Ameen!  Ameen!)

“WHEN SOMEONE DOES YOU WRONG, DO WHAT ‘S RIGHT—LOVE HIM.”
We must continue doing good, and let God handle vengeance in His perfect time and way. Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. And Allah has said in the Holy-Qur’an that “…and when they are angry, forgive.”  “…but whoever forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is with Allah…”  “And verily, whoever shows patience and forgives, that would truly, be from the things recommended by Allah.”   It’s been said by Mr. Bra-Rabbit that “He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself.”  My late mum used to tell me “When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand pick up anything,” that was when she asked me to forgive somebody and I refused… Allah Himself has said, “The Believers are nothing else but brothers. So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.”  And, “Perhaps it may be that Allah will make establish friendship between you and those whom you (now) hold as enemies. And Allah has power (over all things), and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”  Apparent hatred or enmity or persecution may be due to ignorance or over-zeal in a soul, which Allah will forgive and use eventually in His service, as happened in the case of  Hadhrat ‘Umar, who was a different man before and after his conversion. We should hate evil, but not men as such. But we must give no chance to Evil for working evil on our Brotherhood at any time. It’s possible that hatred can be a comfort when the alternative is grief. It’s not wrong to hate when we hate what is wrong. IF WE DO NOT HATE EVIL, WE CANNOT LOVE GOOD.

When we experience suffering,
God’s comfort will abound;
For tribulations teach us where
true comfort can be found.
GOD DOES NOT COMFORT US TO MAKE US COMFORTABLE,
BUT TO MAKE US COMFORTERS.

There’s a saying, “To Get To Paradise, You May have To Pass Through Hell…”   And the Gambian jail is a hell on earth…for them [laughter!]
God gave suffering to them not as a punishment but as a purifying influence. God can use suffering to improve a person, if only it is received in the right spirit.
I can say that all of these people are today “new individuals (born-agains)” and have “reformed beyond the description of words…”, and are very sincere and religious! There is a saying; “A change of life is a change of heart.”
Many of them entered that jail without knowing a single letter of either the Holy-Qur-‘an and or the Holy-Bible; but today they are all “Imams” and “Pastors” if I can say so. Allah knows Best!

Forgiving others is a vital ministry—an act of humanity.
It may seem insignificant
To forgive one or two persons,
But when it is real forgiveness,
What wonders it can do!

We pray:
[Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem]
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not into our hearts any Hatred or rancour (or sense of injury) against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.
May the peace and the blessings of Allah be upon the holy-Prophet, Muhammad (S.A.W.) and his family. May Allah shower His blessings upon him?
May Allah the Almighty grant us all, the understanding and the guidance to fulfill our duties and rights to one another, in the manner that has been explained to us by the holy-Prophet (S.A.W.) and may He create the bond of true and sincere unity between us all-mankind.
Aameen!!! Aameen!!! Aameen!!!

To the prisoners, I say:
DON’ T    BE
DISCOURAGED!
No matter what painful situation you may face today,
remember that Allah is holding you.
Just trust in the All-Mighty Allah.
Put your hope in Him,
and you will see
the great wonder that is
in Allah’s Love.
This is your year
of greatest success.

God is in control of our lives, nothing happens by accident. Everything occurs for a purpose.
Trials often come on the heels of our greatest success.  Life in a fallen world seldom rewards right living.  Until we are willing to accept the authority of God’s Truth, we will not have the answers we need for the things that trouble us. KEEP THE FAITH!
Mr. President,
I have no doubt that my this letter will find you today—at the table of planning for the forthcoming Christmas & New Year , and Tobaski Pray 2006 respectively—[I will hesitate not but call this one festive season “A TIME TO FORGIVE , OVERLOOK AND FORGET” (since it will be the end of one year and the dawning of another. Allahu Akbar-Allah is so Great!]

A  Happy Ending after All-
The last word is the best news of all…
For the Discouraged
Good news for those who feel abandoned and unloved…

From your Gambian [Brother]

…..SBBS….
.
(Captain)  Sana-Bairo SABALLY.

Friday 01st December 2006.

Copied to:
President Yahya JAMMEH
SoS for Interior
SoS for Justice
DG NIA
IG Police
DG Gambia Prison Service
President / Chairman—Gambia Prison’s visiting Committee
DG Dept. of Social Welfare.
Imam-Ratib, Central Mosque-Banjul
Bishop of Banjul
President GPU (Press)
The Gambia Journal newspaper (USA)
The Gambia Echo newspaper (USA)
Freedom newspaper (USA)
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P.S.
(1)  My  Email:  “sbsabally9yrs@yahoo.co.uk”

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