Please permit me this space to complain, just a little. You are not being fair to me.
Oh these monikers, behind which some people hide and shoot! You give me the impression that you are a seasoned politician and by skilfull means, I mean by wrongfully accusing me you’ve got me into a corner from which I have no other choice but to defend myself by making the following quite clean and clear so that you don’t further accuse me of condoning or aiding and abetting pernicious corruption and the usual misuse of “power” , of their office, call it what you may, to “graze” where they are tethered, where corruption blooms like grass and to ” taste” what the good for nothing criminals call their “entitlements” , “the fruits of office”
I didn’t make any “ untruthful statement” - and heaven forbid that I should support a tyrant or a corrupt dictator who prides himself on being above the law ; as a matter of fact I am the one challenging you - especially you on the ground ( in Sierra Leone) when I more or less ask how come it’s 783 charges that have been brought against South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, with the implied question in the form of a statement : “ no charges have been brought against, the APC’s king of kings…” ???
Whilst all this corruption is supposed to be ongoing
directly under your noses, Cocorioko and other mouthpieces of his master’s voice
have been busy crowing -.
like Jesus sitting on the right hand side of his Father in Heaven, flashing pictures showing King Ernest Bai Koroma sitting right next to Barack Obama for dinner at the White House and advertising such photographs of “Obama’s favourite African president” as evidence of O’Bai’s status in the international community. These photographs which are supposed to legitimise / certify O’Bai’s democratic credentials are calculated to fully nullify your last paragraph and to thereby deceive the poor, innocent, long-suffering people of Sierra Leone...
Reminds me of this joke:
“ A member of one synagogue said to a member of another ,
“Our wonderful rabbi talks daily with the Almighty!”
“ How do you know?” asked the other man
“ He told me!”
“ He might have been lying!”
“ Nonsense ! Do you think that the Almighty would be talking daily with a liar?”
Talking about skillful means, here’s another cause for worry : just because the Electoral Commission certified Yumkella’s eligibility to contest the presidential elections we are taking the integrity of that Commission as for granted. The sorry fact is that without The Rule of Law Sierra Leone is going nowhere, and after all this hullabaloo , who is it that’s going to certify the credibility of what is supposed to be a free and fair election?
Skillful means number 2:
Obasanjo having made his spiel - ( does he know anything about the other candidates?) his own credibility thereby assured, when, as an election observer, he declares that the elections were free and fair, on which grounds are you going to challenge him? Surely not for that which he did not see and did not hear?
Of course, if even just a few of your allegations are true then I assume that O’bai and his crown prince are going to fight tooth and nail ( by hook or crook) to win the presidential election, failing which, I’m sure that Bio especially would be all steamed up ( real ZEAL) to bring his former president to Justice , should he Bio be declared the Winner…
It’s 7.10 am in Stockholm and I’m now going to pray a little and then go to bed.
At this point I’m really missing Mohamed K Kutubu who I’m sure would be shooting from the hip at anything APC that moves - and I do hope that I have not just stirred the hornet’s nest.
Two days ago was the birthday of my POW classmate Nestor Cummings-John. I wish that he was here to help give a true picture of what the hell is going on over there.
What seems to be lacking is Civil Courage such as that displayed by my neighbour in Ghana, Eboe Hutchful in 1970, when he challenged President Kofi Busia´s use of a Mercedes Benz etc. and accused Mr. President of having “ left his brains in Oxford”. This happened just around the time that Busia was challenging Ghana's, judiciary. But what is the point of this example anyway, as you have rightly pointed out the climate in Sierra Leone is not that democratic and of course , Sierra leone is not Ghana, has never been nor is Ernest bai Koroma, Busia
Civil courage, civil disobedience not by a few, but by many may be what is required and if the elections are rigged, as Brer Bio has already told us, he is not going to take it lying down, Amen......
I hear this question ringing in my ear ; For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul?May be that as we sow , so shall we reap