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Congratulations, Editor Abdul Malik Bangura!

18 May 2016 at 05:55 | 1805 views

My attention was drawn to an article written by the editor of the Awareness Times newspaper, my younger brother Abdul Malik Bangura (photo) in which he mentioned my name a couple of days ago but I did not have time to respond. I can be extremely busy at times but here goes, better late than never:

First of all, congratulations on your appointment as editor of the famous Awareness Times newspaper, brother Malik. I never knew you were the editor of Awareness Times which has had some editors none of whom I knew when I was an editor in Freetown in the 90s except for my younger brother Bakarr Shaw who edited AT briefly at one time but is now back in London.

No, I did not know you were the editor at the time we published something about you. I described you then as an "angry APC supporter" because I thought you were just an Awareness Times contributor upset over what Cowan and his team were doing at the Constitutional Review Committee. Also, it seemed to me, from a distance (in Canada) that you were on the side of the ruling party, the APC. Forgive me if I am mistaken. Click here for what we published as a gentle reminder. I even said you "sounded like", I was not totally sure you were angry.

Also, I want you to know that Cowan jailed me and two of my colleagues at the Pademba Road prison for one month in the 90s when he was a High Court judge because of an article I wrote about Sani Abacha of Nigeria. I have forgiven Cowan and others like him of course. I don’t harbour grudges against anybody. What’s the point?

As for the APC thing, you can call me an APC supporter any time; you can even say I am an angry APC supporter. I would love it if you do, but that does not mean you would like being called an APC supporter or to make matters worse, an "angry APC supporter." Sorry, my brother.

By the way you guys are doing a great job at AT. Keep it up. Bye for now.

Gibril Gbanabome Koroma,
CEO, the Patriotic Vanguard, Vancouver, Canada.