After coming under fire by a section of Gambian online community for his remarks that ‘Gambians are sick and need Vitamin C, one of the country’s youngest contenders for December 4 presidential election, Prof Momodou Bah alias MB2, has fired back at critics who he said took his statement out of context.
In a short statement, Prof Bah, who was among first candidates to file nomination documents with IEC, said in response: “Our country is sick and and needs Vitamin C’ is a metaphor that depicts the general situation of The Gambia and makes allusion to its solutions by linking it with the campaign colour (Orange) which is rich in Vitamin C. So now your assignment should be to find out the benefits of Vitamin C and link them to our current situation. Only the intelligent people will know that! To find out my program, you will have to read my political book called 4-3-3 ATTACK!”
In an interview with journalists on Saturday at the Election House, Prof Bah, leader of the African Federalism and Republican Orientation (AFRO) movement, said: “Previously I came with an orange colour that means Vitamin C because the country is sick. We need to give it medicine. We need to give it a Vitamin and orange is Vitamin C. I came with Vitamin C, but they told me someone already took it. So that is okay. We will have to add up a black colour. We will have to join orange and black now.”
An English language teacher, Prof Bah is a master’s degree holder who studied Africa and post colonial history at Cheikh Anta Diop, was born on the 2nd November1984 in Sinchu Balia, West Coast Region.
“I am proud to have been born in The Gambia, raised in The Gambia, and studied in The Gambia. That said, this beautiful country has given me everything; that’s why I decided to put myself at the service of The Gambia and the Gambians.
Additionally, I will fight day and night for this beautiful country. I want and dream a prosperous Gambia, developed in peace and harmony,” Prof Bah posted about himself on his official Facebook page.
Meanwhile, Prof Bah also reacted to his colleague Momodou Bah 2, who said if he wins Dec 4 polls, he will build a wall between Gambia and senegal.
“This is a message to clarify a statement made by my fellow presidential aspirant
(Momodou Bah 2). Senegal and The Gambia are interrelated. I have studied in Senegal and worked there as a teacher for six good years. I was an activist promoting peace and integration between the two countries; through our efforts, we’ve witnessed the inauguration of the Senegambia bridge. So building a fence between these two countries did not come from me. As a pan-African, I will never promote cutting ties between two African countries particularly Senegal and The Gambia.”