The Executive Director of the Rhode Island base Refugee Dream Center Omar Bah, who was recently issued visa together with his wife and family by the Gambian mission at the United Nations to visit his native country, the Gambia, after living in exile for many years in the United States, says he has been threatened by a Gambian diplomat working at the Gambian Embassy at the UN, the Freedom Newspaper can report. First Secretary Isatou Badjie, the daughter of Dembo Badjie, the former Gambian Ambassador to India, has been at the helm of Bah’s accusations that she allegedly threatened the journalist’s life. She contacted Mr. Bah via Facebook to inform him that she (Diplomat Isatou Badjie) was aware of Bah’s pending Banjul trip with his family; hence she told Bah that she is not the type of person Omar Bah should be messing with. Mr. Bah had earlier discussed Isatou Badjie’s recent appoint to serve as First Secretary at the Gambian mission at the UN on Freedom Radio Gambia, which never went down well with her. Bah quoted a past Facebook posting made by Ms. Badjie, in which she lambasted president Adama Barrow and his government; calling them names. This was a day after dictator Jammeh, has left the West African country for Equatorial Guinea. Ms. Badjie wasn’t happy that Jammeh was leaving, according to Mr. Bah.
“I have just been informed that you have been the mouth piece of the devil spewing lies and envy on Freedom radio against me and my family in this holy month of Ramadan. Have no shame and no fear speaking ill of people you know nothing about? Or you think you can silent me or kill my spirit by your satanic ways? Well you thought wrong,” Diplomat Isatou Badjie wrote in a Facebook inbox message to Omar Bah.
“I am not the average Gambian you will destroy and succeed with. I have seen that you are to be with your family in Gambia soon, beh boba (Wollof word meaning until then),” First Secretary Badjie remarked.
Ms. Badjie was recently appointed by the Barrow government to serve as First Secretary at the Gambian mission at the UN. She was working at Gambia’s Foreign Ministry prior to president Barrow coming to power.
Below is the message Diplomat Isatou Badjie sent to Omar Bah:
I have just been informed that you have been the mouthpiece of the devil spewing lies and envy on Freedom radio against me and my family in this holy month of Ramadan. Have you no shame and no fear speaking ill of people you know nothing about? Or you think you can silent me or kill my spirit by your satanic ways? Well you thought wrong. Omar Bah yaa muna dool, yow yaye mbaliti Gambia teh teki wulor dara. That’s why you’re envious and want to witch hunt me and my family. Envy and hatred for that which you do not know will consume your dark heart like fire and you will one day wonder why you cannot have peace in your life. Allah will destroy you mark my words. I am not the average Gambian you will destroy and succeed with.
I have seen that you are to be with your family in Gambia soon, beh boba InshAllah.
Contacted for comment Omar Bah said: “She used her position at the Gambian mission at the U.N. to spy on the purportedly planned trip to Gambia by me and my family. I applied for a visa through the Gambian mission at the UN. And she issued such threats simply because I criticized this government. I will follow appropriate rightful action and will let the public know in due course. America is a country of laws. So this act of lawlessness and threats to people’s lives can occur in Gambia but certainly not in America.”
Omar Bah said he never responded to Ms. Badjie’s unsolicited Facebook message. He vows to take up the matter with the US authorities. He said Badjie’s conduct amounts to communicating threat to him and his family, and also violation of confidentiality associated with her job.
” My family arrived in the Gambia this past Saturday. If anything happens to them, I will hold this government responsible. I will join them in few weeks. Nobody can prevent me from visiting my native country, the Gambia,” said Mr. Omar Bah.
Ms. Badjie could not be reached for comment.
The Gambian Ambassador to the UN Momodou Tangara, was contacted for comment during the weekend, but he was indisposed. His phone went on voicemail, when contacted by the Freedom Newspaper.