The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has congratulated the people of The Gambia on their victory over tyranny.
WAJA says, the December 2 defeat of President Yahya Jammeh at the polls, ends the 22 years wait for answers to the cries and fears of The Gambia people, who had been brutally repressed.
The result of the Gambian elections has been largely greeted with surprise, but WAJA believes the peaceful outcome was a divined intervention by Allah to end the suffering of the people at the hands of the dictator, who had wished to rule for ‘a billion year.’
In a statement issued on Sunday, WAJA says the result also means freedom and justice for the very many Gambians, including and especially journalists, human rights and political activists who were either killed, imprisoned or forced into exile for fear of been persecuted.
“We applaud and celebrate the resilience and courage of our colleagues of the Gambia Press Union for staying the course, but we also pay tribute to our colleagues who went missing and tortured during the course of the struggle,” says WAJA President Peter Quaqua.
While describing the media as the true winners of the democratic rebirth, Mr. Quaqua urged: “As the Gambian people look forward to new beginning, under new President, Adama Barrow, we challenge the media to remain resolute, fearless and watchful for the vestiges of the past that might attempt to steal the victory and happiness of the people once again.”