Chimamanda under fire over letter to Biden
Chimamanda Adichie, a Nigerian writer, has faced criticism from high-ranking members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party for urging US President Joe Biden not to accept the result of Nigeria’s February 25 presidential election. Adichie had cited alleged discrepancies and irregularities during the polls. Festus Keyamo, Director of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, called Adichie’s letter a reflection of “pathetic colonial mentality.” Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity for the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign, and Dr. Josef Onoh, an APC chieftain, also criticized Adichie for her actions. Onanuga asked President Biden to trash the letter, calling it fiction, while Onoh argued that Adichie’s letter was in bad faith because her preferred presidential candidate, Peter Obi, had suffered a colossal loss. Adichie’s international clout-chasing acceptance ego trip, according to Onoh, led her to use any medium to promote her brand, regardless of its relevance. He claimed that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the president-elect and incoming president of Nigeria, and Adichie should accept this reality.