I should like to join you and I'm sure, many other concerned Sierra Leoneans in expressing not only disappointment (that's putting it too mildly & far too politely) but more properly, our utter dismay that as iconic a Sierra Leonean as Peter L Tucker (May the Almighty bless his soul) should pass unto the Hereafter, without any official acknowledgement not to mention appreciation and fitting eulogies from the sorrowful authorities that Sierra Leone now has in place as a government - it's deplorable - SHAMEFUL - for this sin-gle omission, they ought to be ashamed of themselves and repent - a government that is soabysmally lacking in common human decency, having deliberately failed to recognise the very patriotic Dr. Tucker's outstanding contributions to meritocracy in the Civil Service and thereby having failed to reward that excellence. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
This deliberate and inexcusable failure on the part the Ernest Bai Koroma's APC government is not due to wilful ignorance; I surmise, and correctly too, that's its due to the ancient pernicious tribalism that is still gnawing at its soul - a failure that often appoints and rewards mediocrity among its own political clans and shuns excellence - all to the detriment of the nation.
Beyond my own personal admiration and appreciation, Peter Tucker will not be forgotten easily. The last time I heard someone talking about him was way back when another great soul, Professor Cyril Foray was SL High Commissioner to the UK - he spoke highly of him and indeed at that time was in the middle of writing a review of The Tuckers of Sierra Leone, 1665-1914
To my own chagrin, I was informed years ago ( by the rumour mill/ kongosa box ) that Mr. Tucker had passed away: Didn't I know?
Likewise, a once dear friend, Babatunde Edward Blyden ( the father of Dr. Sylvia Blyden) also passed away without a tweet in this forum, and I only found out on his birthday this year when I posted happy birthday wishes and scrolled down too look at his other birthday greetings and read someone’s lines" Even in death, u re still a friend of mine on fb."...
Likewise, being so out of touch with my contemporaries, belatedly, the passing away of my dear friend Blyden Jenkins-Johnston of whom I had these few good words to say:
Sierra Leone : Blyden Jenkins-Johnston..