Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has issued an apology correcting an earlier statement he had made condemning the Nigerian government for congratulating the Gambian people after the conduct of the country’s presidential election.
Thinking that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh was re-elected once again, Mr. Soyinka criticized the Nigerian government for congratulating the winner of the election. Unbeknownst to him, challenger Adama Barrow, not Yahya Jammeh, was the winner of the election.
Upon learning that Mr. Barrow was in fact elected president of The Gambia, Mr. Soyinka retracted his statement and apologized for the confusion. In his apology, Mr. Soyinka took the opportunity to rejoice with the Gambian people as the 22-year reign of Yahya Jammeh comes to an end.
“I rejoice with the long-suffering citizens of Gambia, encourage the rehabilitation of that land strip, and recovery of its existence in full liberty, freed of fear, and restorerd to dignity as part of the sentient species,” he said.