Gambia’s Information Minister, Ebrima Sillah, has Friday offered a resounding mea culpa to journalists over a controversial statement he made and which continues to generate headlines. “I want to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for what I’ve said and it was misunderstood,” Ebrima Sillah in a statement he delivered on the occasion of activities marking World Press Freedom Day, which was held at the Auditorium of the University of The Gambia (UTG), located along MDI Road in Kanifing.
In a continent where top gov’t officials tend to be viewed as more godly than God, Sillah’s gesture came as a surprise to many has people. In a rare move, he humbled himself and came down to apologize to the media fraternity.
He further disclosed that Gambia Press Union (GPU) President, Sheriff Bojang Jr, and the second-in-command of the country’s press body, Mustapha K. Darboe, reached out to him with a view to containing the controversy, and making sure it will not spiral out.
“It is important when the vast majority of people think that you have erred, it is human to accept it,” he said while provoking a wave of applause.
Sillah then added that as a journalist, it had never been his intention to smear the media. “As a human being, we need to be humble enough to accept our mistakes.”
Information Minister reiterated gov’t unflinching support to the media as he outlined the important role journalists have played in ending Yahya Jammeh’s two-decade long dictatorship.
Written by Abdoulie John