Indeed: Joseph Sherman (Saidu) can’t be trusted
By Pasco Temple
I have read part one of an article written by Joseph Sherman, titled “People and Enemies that have led to the Retrogression of the Republic of Sierra Leone”, including reactions by contributors to various social media networks.
The article consist of personal complaints- confused by unsubstantiated allegations of negative contributions by two people towards the backwardness of the Country.
Unfortunately, the article lacks specifics when it comes to negative National Contribution, which I had yearn to read about.
Though the protagonist was angered by the appointments of other sober minded Compatriots, he could not also bear the way his hopes were dashed for a Ministerial appointment like a lightning bulb falling from a tall building.
Joseph Sherman absolved himself of any wrong doing and further described himself as the best among the lot that is fitted for any political office.
My take on Mr. Sherman’s article has to do with the expression of his rancorous feelings in a very bad-mannered and uncouth way: while at the same time not only blaming others for his weaknesses, but also blaming others for his problems and shortcoming.
A Grade one student in the United States of America is well abreast with the fact, good mannerism coupled with sober mindedness are the traits of residents of the United States. The grade one(Class One) student will also tell you that Insults, bad-mannered and discourteous conducts are not in any way accepted in the USA.
I am of the view that Mr. Sherman ought to know this, because one of the reasons why he cannot be trusted to teach students anymore in the USA is directly related to lawlessness. In addition, lawlessness is the chief reason why he has not been allowed to ride a bicycle in any part of the United States. To make mention of Sherman driving a car in the USA is a farce, because the privilege has been withdrawn from him due to lawlessness.
From my observation, it is easier for Mr. Sherman to blame others for his shortcomings, than he is to take responsibility for his deficiencies.
It is also easier for Mr. Sherman to blame others for his indecencies, than admit that he is not that good. It is indeed easier for Mr. Sherman to blame others for his excesses, than to work on them.
It is indeed very easier for Mr. Sherman to blame others for his fake qualities, than face his own reality.
Instead, he chose to abuse freedom of the press and used it as a conduit to impinge on the character of people who have worked hard to contribute their own fair share to Sierra Leone.
This should now be a lesson for all to learn, that “not all that glitters is gold”.
But before going further: let me categorically state that it is very insulting to described the two gentlemen: Ambassador Bockari Stevens and Minister Plenipotentiary Rev. Kabbs Kanu as people who have contributed to the backwardness of Sierra Leone. Ironically, these two gentlemen have significantly contributed in diverse ways towards the development of Sierra Leone.
Mr. Sherman gave a brief synopsis of meetings held between himself, and two other Ambassadors: Bockari Stevens and Reverend Kabbs Kanu and alleged that the two gentlemen promised him a Ministerial position.
Is this the reason why rumor was doing the rounds in some parts of the United States, that “Joseph Sherman was perambulating the length and breadth of some communities with an information that he was a potential for any of the two Ministries- either Finance or Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation?
Suffice it to say that an alleged meeting was held and many topics discussed in good faith: if he was so incline about any topic discussed, why did;nt he revert for further consultations, instead, he exposed his naivity by figeting the agenda by not only painting a bad picture about those who have been helping him out but he also attempted to demean them.
At first, I was puzzled by the action of Mr. Joseph Sherman- because I don’t know anything about his background.
But coming to think of the real person- I got to know that Joseph Sherman is a facade of Saidu, who was born in Kamasasa, Northern Sierra Leone. A real portico into the privacy of hard working people.
I was told that he was named in Sierra Leone from birth as Saidu.
Later, he went to the Republic of Liberia and had his name changed to Joseph Sherman.
According to sources close to Saidu (Joseph Sherman) he has always been an opportunist. He briefly worked as a cub-reporter for a catholic radio in Monrovia, Liberia where he sowed series of seeds of discords-and later sought for greener pastures in the United States. So you now see, why Saidu (Joseph Sherman) cannot be trusted.
It is a shame that Saidu (Joseph Sherman) should be belittling others at the instance of his ego.
These are the type of people who have been causing stress for others – through their friends.
They are the elements who have been causing some heads of institutions to say so many bad things about their subordinates without any justification whatsoever.
But the Almighty God will reward them accordingly.
As for Me, I take my life in my own hands-I am to blame when I procrastinate.
As President Ernest Bai Koroma recently said when addressing a cross section of the Fullah Community who went to thank him for honoring one of their brothers, “Sierra Leone belongs to all of us.”
It is important to note that people are rewarded accordingly. The likes of Saidu (Joseph Sherman) should realize that people have genuinely – worked very hard with sobriety for the country to move from where it was to its present state; and from its present state to where it is heading. He and his likes should also realize that the days when foul – mouth guys whose main hobby is to make negative comments about colleagues are over.
Pasco Gerald Temple
Embassy of Sierra Leone to the United States
1701 19th St. NW
SEGBWEMA BLOGGER RESPONDS TO JOSEPH SHERMAN’S ARTICLE AGAINST AMBASSADOR BOCKARIE STEVENS AND MINISTER KABS-KANU
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013
Sierra Leone Political Updates: Joseph Sherman Goes Berserk
Joseph Sherman Plaintiff
Joseph S. Sherman the perpetually disgruntled editor of the online Propaganda rag sheet “The Salone Monitor,” who got into a fitting rage earlier this year after having been passed over for appointment in the administration of Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, accusing the president of ingratitude in his now infamous baboon buttocks article, is back to his usual lamentations of discontent once again.
THE SEGBWEMA BLOGGER ( SHEKU SHERIFF )
This time the subjects of Joseph Sherman’s frustration and tirade are Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Bockarie Stevens and clerical blogger turned Minister Plenipotentiary to the UN Rev. Wilfred Leroy Kabbs Kanu of the pro-government propaganda outlet, Cocorioko.
In an incendiary article laced with venom and unveiled contempt, Joseph Sherman writes that sometime in 2011, there was a meeting between himself, Ambassador Stevens, Kabbs Kanu and a certain Foday Morris, in which he Sherman was recruited as a propaganda agent of the current All Peoples Congress government in Sierra Leone with the special assignment of using his journalistic skills to launch a concerted propaganda campaign that was aimed at vilifying the members of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party and embellishing the successes of the All Peoples Congress. In return for his intellectual thuggery, Sherman claims he was made certain promises that have yet to be fulfilled and he insists that his efforts to remind Kabbs Kanu and the Ambassador of their promises to him have so far gone unheeded and unanswered. He therefore feels that he is highly educated compared to Ambassador Stevens and Kabbs Kanu and he swears he will not be used and discarded like trash.
|Ambassador Bockarie Kortu Stevens
In a very frustrated and resigned tone, Sherman acknowledges that his current tirade will surely cause him to be branded as an enemy of the President, but he has reached a level of discontent and disenchantment in which he just does not care anymore, hence his description of Ambassador Stevens and propaganda Reverend Kabbs Kanu as “evil, malicious and self-centered people” who appear great in the eyes of President Koroma but who Sherman says in reality are “gifted with fraudulent and deceitful attitudes in making fake things appear real while real things appear fake” Sherman further goes on to allege that Ambassador Stevens and Kabbs Kanu are self conceited individuals who only think of themselves, their immediate families and those acquaintances willing to dance to their whims and caprices. He accused both men of lacking what he describes as a moral conscience.
|Kabbs Kanu- Political Clergyman
I really do not know the intention of Joseph Sherman in launching these serial public tirades, but unfortunately for him, he usually comes out worse than the people he tries to portray. He claims to be a highly educated man about to get his PhD, but these articles put a serious doubt on the veracity of his claims, as what the learned gentleman is doing is nothing short of intellectual blackmail.
In the first instance Sherman has just exposed his lack of credibility for all the world to see. If an intelligent man is paid to spread lies about the situations in a country that he is away from and he wants people to continue to take him seriously, why would he go publicly and state that he was hired by men who made fake things appear real and real things appear fake. Surely if you are being paid to write lies, then are you not also a liar? By exposing himself so publicly, Sherman has just succeeded in reducing himself to a public tool for hire, to be used and discarded. So sad for a man who claims to have so much potential.
For a man who claims the sort of intellectual prowess Sherman brags about, one would not expect him to put all his hope and trust in Sierra Leone government employment after all these years. If he himself is to be believed, the fellow even has more academic credentials than the Secretary General of the United Nations. Sure there are thousands of nonprofits, international agencies, nongovernmental organizations and private sector firms that would pay thousands of dollars a month for Sherman’s self professed academic skills. Why cry like a toddler when refused a government appointment in Sierra Leone that would not even pay you the money you could get at the World Bank, the UN, IMF or even the IMF. Sherman’s serial whining like a child who has just been refused his second helping of toffee is getting really irritating.
Another Sherman Victim
Sherman’s recent political foray can best be described as ” a series of unfortunate events.” He has two traits that are causing him the current grief. He likes to put things on paper before he gets all the facts and he thinks that being foul mouthed against people you disagree with is a sort of intellectual superiority. When he was given his brand new propaganda assignment, not only did Sherman devote himself to making up false stories about the opposition, but he used his rag sheet to vilify the members of his party that he disagreed with. From Rtd. Colonel Idriss Kamara, to former Information Minister I. B. Kargbo, Sherman wrote nasty articles about these people, many of who were close to the president. By now coming out and writing such a vicious and malicious article, Sherman has just cut his foot with a cutlass and then taken acid and poured it over the foot thinking it was water. I do not know if Sherman passed this article to any of his friends or acquaintances before his unfortunate decision to publish it, but if he was ever promised a job in Ernest Koroma’s government, I am not in the President’s confidence, but I can say with certainty that he may as well as kiss that promise goodbye, and permanently. The fellow has just assured himself that for the next five years he will not even be a messenger in the Sierra Leone government, let alone have a high government appointment . He may as well stop the propaganda and concentrate on finishing his PhD, as he has put his foot in his mouth permanently and has just driven away his few remainig friends and admirers.
Sherman is one of those few individuals who view education as a certificate of arrogance. He has promised to write more letters and we will continue to wait for them. These people feel Sierra Leone is a trophy to be divided among them. As things continue to come to light, the President may soon start to kick back against this sort of entitled nepotism and many of those in the country who need jobs and are qualified to get them, will be favored instead of these unhinged diasporans who feel that the country is a reservoir for failures and no gooders in the diaspora.Follow the link below to read Sherman’s catalogue of frustration in his own words:http://www.salonemonitor.net/people-and-enemies-that-have-led-to-the-retrogression-of-the-republic-of-sierra-leone-part-one/
READ SHERMAN’S ATTACK ON AMBASSADOR STEVENS AND KABS KANU BELOW —AND HIS PREVIOUS ATTACK ON PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 3:42 am, 0
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By Joseph Sherman, Editor-in-Chief, Salone Monitor, USA
From the time the nation of Sierra Leone was founded which has today become a republic certain individuals have been in forefront of individualism, nepotism and self-centeredness to detriment of many Sierra Leoneans. The high rate of poverty, high illiteracy rate and lack of development in the country is due to the existence of these self-conceited individuals who only think of themselves, their immediate families and acquaintances who dance to their whims and caprices. Even if these individual succeed in cajoling people to dance to their tune, in the final analyses their wicked and deceitful hearts that lacks moral conscience would not allow them to use their reasoning faculties to do what is right.
The Honorable Ambassador Bockarie Stevens and Honorable Kabbs Kanu, Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations cannot be exempted from the evil, malicious and self-centered people existing in the Diaspora and Sierra Leone. They appear immaculate in the eyes of President Koroma and the public but in reality they are gifted with fraudulent and deceitful attitudes in making fake things appear real while real things appears fake. While we cannot question the prerogative of President Koroma in appointing these individuals into position of trust but it is the right of every patriotic Sierra Leonean to expose their ill-intentions motives towards the government of President Ernest Koroma because adopting the culture of silence is aiding and abetting the enemy. Ambassador Bockarie Stevens and Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations, Kabbs Kanu sought the help of Journalist Joseph Sherman to defend and promote the government of President Ernest Koroma in the USA. In that regard Ambassador Bockarie Stevens set a meeting for three of them to meet in Somerset, New Jersey on October 2011 at a restaurant to enlighten them (Joseph Sherman, Kabbs Kanu and Foday Morris) about the President’s intention for them to promote and defend his government prior and during the elections of 2012. In that regard Ambassador Bockarie Stevens asked them to take up the task and defend the government and should deliver to him a proposal which Joseph Sherman and Kabbs Kanu prepared and submitted to Ambassador Bockarie to be presented to President Ernest Koroma.
Since October 2011, Joseph Sherman carried out the assignment that Ambassador Bockarie Stevens delegated to him to the best of his ability until the opposition SLPP has branded him an enemy of their political party which is well known to Ambassador Bockarie Stevens. However, based on the agreement they arrived at the time, two letters have been written to Ambassador Bockarie Stevens reminding him of the agreement and a copy of the letter was forwarded to Kabbs Kanu but both party have not responded and had become tight-lipped on the issue.
Looking at President Ernest Koroma, I believe he is a man who does not renege on his promises or make promises without fulfilling them. It is in this regard that I have decided to go public so that justice and fair-play which is the cornerstone of the Sierra Leone constitution will be exercised. In the United States and the world over you cannot employ someone verbally or make a written agreement without meeting your obligations.
I could be branded as an enemy of President Koroma at this time but let it be known that I have gone the extra mile of protecting and promoting the regime of President Ernest Koroma, even before he became president in 2007.
Ambassador Bockarie Stevens and Minister Kabbs Kanu cannot use me as tool to achieve their personal agendas neither are they ignorant of the law that when you hire someone for a specific purpose you should meet that obligation. I am categorically saying to Ambassador Bockarie Stevens and Kabbs Kanu that I am not a thug to be used and trashed, I am highly educated compared to Ambassador Bockarie Stevens and Kabbs Kanu, therefore keeping tight-lip on your agreement is taking me to be a fool who lacks understanding and knowledge.
This is the first communication I am releasing to the public, the next publication will include letters written to the Ambassador Bockarie Stevens with copies to Kabbs Kanu and a letter of complaint written to the Minister of Information, Honorable Alpha Kanu and the President of Sierra Leone, President Ernest Koroma.
READ JOSEPH SHERMAN’S ARTICLE AGAINST PRESIDENT KOROMA
Saturday, February 16, 2013 4:47 pm, 1 | DIASPORA NEWS
Joseph Sherman, Editor-in-Chief, Salone Monitor
Joseph Sherman, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief,
History is repeating itself. As S.I. Koroma once said, “When you allow a Baboon to go upstairs, the first sign of gratitude it will show to those that lifted it, is its red buttocks.” This saying is reminiscence of the APC government of President Koroma whose evil machinations and old dirty tricks of showing ingratitude to the APC chapters of the Diasporas is crystal clear.
These acts of ingratitude by th e APC in the past has sent many to their early graves and for those who survived the ordeals are left with no alternatives but to form splinter groups or joined other political party of their choice. Is the APC government of President Ernest Koroma not learning from the demise of the SLPP party because certain partisans were aggrieved and decided to abandon the party? Is President Ernest Koroma playing it safe because he is in power and he is no more dependent on the “power of the purse” of APC in the Diasporas to usher him to victory? Mr. President, if you forget so soon what individuals in the diasporas have done for the APC party both logistic-wise and monetary-wise for you to get to power the second time then you have to be reminded.
When we look at the appointments you have included in your government, people who have been critiques of your government and political prostitutes and those who have squandered public funds, it leaves us in the Diasporas to question what wisdom do use to appoint such individuals. The APC Diaspora has done a lot to promote the image of your government when it was at stake with the opposition.
Gratitude is the oil in the machinery of great and good leaders. Learning to be grateful to those who supported you when you needed them is an essential virtue to an effective and prudent leader and even more important inSierra Leonethat is undergoing the transition from relatively authoritarian to democratic regimes. On the contrary, with the present trend of events in the APC Diaspora in which certain elements in your government are conspicuously and surreptitiously destroying, achieving victory and support in your second term is farfetched.
As the saying goes, “don’t bite the hand that feeds you,” this literally means harming someone who has been helping you. It is a great disservice to bite the hand that feeds when you needed help. If we forget that a person has been doing something to help us, especially in times of need then we are harming the relationships that once existed.
As humans we need to make sense of what can be bewildering variety of life experiences. Life is not particularly consistent. Happiness comes one day, sorrow the next. It can be easy sometimes to forget to express the appreciation we feel for the little day to day things that happens in our lives and many overlooked the blessings we have receive from our respective supporters and those in our circle of influence.
The multitude of challenges facing war-ravaged Sierra Leone includes improving education, health care, adequate housing, reconciliation, agriculture, peace add stability and so forth. These challenges cannot be met without the active participation of citizens-yea Diasporans. Active participation of the APC Diaspora partisans is impossible if certain elements you have included in your government continue to manipulate an organization like the APC in the Diaspora where they would have used their talents and academic qualifications to contribute to your “Agenda for Prosperity”. I am not questioning your prerogative of appointing whoever you feel like appointing but certain individuals have left their lucrative jobs in the United States, Britain, Germany etc to answer to your call to go back home and contribute to the development of Sierra Leone, in the final analysis not a squeak of appreciation is extended to them.
Finally, Mr. President Koroma by muzzling the APC in the Diaspora is an act exterminating well meaningful partisans to the detriment of the APC government. Mr. President you are not only violating the human rights of the APC Diasporas, but also denies them the opportunities for them to participate in the democratic process towards solving the multitudes of problems facing that war-ravaged country.