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Charles Margai violates basic tenet of the rule of law

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

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By Aroun Rashid Deen 

For any practicing lawyer, professional codes of conduct and canons of ethics dictate that compliance with the law – at all times and under every circumstance – is not a matter of choice. Any member of the legal profession who conscientiously fails to heed not only to the letter, but the spirit of the law violates this basic tenet, whether or not he is regarded as forthright, reliable, eloquent or cunning in the discharge of his duties. This – in my opinion – is exactly what a veteran lawyer in Sierra Leone, opposition politician, Charles Margai, has done in the course of an apparent land dispute with Sia Koroma, wife of the country’s President.


Specifically, Mr. Margai, a seasoned and respected member of the bench, has engaged in conduct that completely disparages the rule of law, to wit, threatening to mobilize over a thousand kamajors, members of a now disbanded civil defense militia, he claims are at his disposal, to defend him and protect the property at the heart of the dispute with the First Lady should the need arise.

The kamajors were local hunters who banded together at the beginning of the civil war to protect defenseless villages and towns in the countryside that were being brutally attacked by the ruthless Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels and renegade soldiers of the government known assobels. During the course of their efforts in that campaign, the group also engaged in conducts against perceived enemies as well as civilians deemed to be gross human rights violations. These included summaryexecutions, making them as equally feared as the RUF. The group was disbanded following the end of the war in 2002.


Leaving aside the undeniable departure from the professional conduct and probity demanded of all legal practitioners, Mr. Margai’s statement is exceedingly reckless and inflammatory at best and liable to instigate violence at the worst. Given the known excesses of the kamajors during the civil war and the unspeakable brutality and horrors visited upon Sierra Leoneans by all sides to the conflict, it is difficult to imagine that Mr. Margai did not appreciate that his comments would cause nervousness in a war-scarred population still in the process of healing; nor can one fathom how an erudite lawyer such as Mr. Margai did not recognize such comments could undermine state security.


This article is not concerned with the question of who owns the disputed land. And while it is fair to ask questions about the involvement of the First Lady in this particular row, both Mr. Margai and Mrs. Koroma are citizens of Sierra Leone with equal rights under the law, including the right to own property.


According to Mr. Margai, as a consequence of the ongoing land dispute, he has lost confidence in the legal system to protect his right to the property he claims ownership to and to defend him, should that need arise. This he claims is the reason he may need to resort to the kamajors. However, Mr. Margai is himself an active member of the bar and frequently appears in courts of the law to represent clients. Such participation in the legal system would tend to suggest some level of faith in its efficacy and the dispensation of justice.


The justice that Mr. Margai seeks via the kamajor route clearly represents gross recklessness, anarchy and lawlessness, and is liable to enflame partisans. Indeed, it has resulted in equally untenable reactions from some who are opposed to Mr. Margai’s stance. In some quarters, it has generated arguments seeking to tie the main opposition party, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) to Mr. Margai’s attitude and conduct. Of course, his position has nothing to do with the SLPP. After all, he is considered the kingmaker of the APC government, having virtually assured their victory in the 2007 elections by breaking away from the incumbent SLPP.

Given the brutal nature of the civil war in Sierra Leone, there is little doubt Mr. Margai’s comments have brought back painful memories and caused uneasiness in the minds of those who survived the dark period of the 1990s.


If anything, Mr. Margai’s cavalier statement leads to the question: is there an organized kamajor presence still in the country? This is something the nation deserves to know.

Even with the obvious challenge of securing a judgment in his favor in a court of law, against the spouse of the President, there is no reason for a learned and senior lawyer to eschew the rule of law and resort to what amounts to “bush justice. Moreover, in an era of increasing globalization, there are also legitimate sources at one’s disposal to seek justice outside the one’s own country. Kamajor justice, unfortunately, is not one of them.


It is now up to the laws of the land to determine whether Mr. Margai’s utterances are punishable crimes. However, it was appropriate for the police to arrest and detain him because the authorities themselves would be grossly irresponsible if they had remained silent in the face of Margai’s statement. But the authorities also must ensure that the ongoing land dispute that gave rise to this episode is properly addressed, particularly given the involvement of the First Lady. This it must do in a transparent manner without interference or threat of punishment or reprisal. Accordingly, the rights of the true owner of the property in dispute must be protected by the court in its determination so that justice is done and seen to be done, especially because of the high visibility of the case.


Aroun Rashid Deen is a freelance journalist in New York.

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Minister Plenipotentiary calls for African-based media system to accurately tell the African story

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013


By Dennis Kabatto:

Sierra Leone’s Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations, Mr. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, has called for the creation of an African -based media system like the Arab media net work, Al Jazeera, to accurately tell the African story. The minister was addressing the Africa@50 Summit at the African Union UN Permanent Observer Mission Headquarters in New York yesterday.

The Conference, which was attended by ambassadors and diplomats assigned to the UN, as well as journalists and policymakers from Africa, was organized by the New York-based Center For Media and Peace Initiatives to mark the 50th Anniversary of the African Union ( AU ) which started as the Organization of African Unity ( OAU ).

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The theme of the Conference was “Understanding Africa’s Waves of Democracy: Media’s Impact on Global Policy and Perceptions”

Minister Kabs-Kanu said that the Western media, which he accused of slanting news and perspectives on Africa, were not accurately reporting Africa’s socio-economic and political developments but heavily concentrating on negativity, violence and other undesirable developments in the continent at the expense of the marvelous progress.

Citing as example his home country,  he told the Conference that Sierra Leone  has performed above expectations since the end of the civil war in 2002.

Mr. Kabs-Kanu also indicated that “since the war ended, Sierra Leone has conducted three democratic elections; In addition, under the leadership of President Ernest Koroma, there is multi-party democracy, freedom of the press, respect for fundamental human rights and impressive socio-economic and political developments.”

He said that there were some other African countries equally excelling, but the Western media continues to distort and concoct stories about these countries to the world.

He suggested that the solution to this problem is the creation of an African-based media system like Al Jazeera, which would tell the African story accurately. The hall cheered when the Minister said “we have heard the hunter’s story; it is time to hear the lion’s version of the story “.

Minister Kabs-Kanu hoped that the Conference would end with the adoption of solutions that would help to rebrand Africa in a more positive light, reflective of the developments taking place in the continent.

Mr. Palan Mulonda, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Zambia to the United States of America delivered the keynote address.

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Egypt, Ambassador Osama Abdelkhalek, noted that the rebranding of Africa must be an utmost priority during his speech on the post-Arab Spring democratic challenges facing his country.

Other participants called on African leaders to respect freedom of the press and encourage the development of the media as part of the solutions to the negative publicity attributed to the continent by Western media.

Yesterday’s Summit was part of CMPI mission which its website describes as to continuously provide learning opportunities for journalists, citizens, and civil society activists on conflict-resolving journalism, conduct research, engage in transformative mediation, produce high quality seminars and conferences to promote the sharing of knowledge and information, contribute to the development of people and organizations at all levels.


The Koroma recipe for a new Sierra Leone : People-oriented development and now an Agenda for Prosperity

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013



Sierra Leone has been on the threshold of a new era since President Ernest Bai Koroma came to power in 2007 via democratic elections. Cognisant of the fact that the country has vast potentials for socio-economic and political development , President Koroma purposed in his mind that he will utilize the country’s resources and foreign participation in national development to create a new Sierra Leone.

President Koroma  launched the ambitious Agenda For Change program, which has become a huge blessing to the country . According to President Koroma ,  ”The Agenda For Change reflects our people’s belief that the government they elected in a free and fair election will work in partnership with them to improve their social and economic conditions”.This explains the reason that Sierra Leone has been a beneficiary of people-centred development projects during the reign of President Koroma. Improvement of the social and economic conditions of the people was really the focus.

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Unlike many African nations, President Koroma has not engaged in any development projects that could be deemed WHITE ELEPHANTS. A white elephant is a massive structure , for instance, that imbues no direct benefit to the poor people and appeals more to the satiation of the ego of the President or the ruling class. As Africans vividly recollect, past African leaders have been vigorously condemned for development projects that had no bearing on their lives. In Sierra Leone, it has been a different story. Every project undertaken by the President is designed to improve the quality of the people’s lives. Alleviating the quality of life of the people is behind every development project by President Koroma.

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Thanks to neglect by previous governments and the 11-year war that destroyed the country’s infrastructure, life for Sierra Leoneans was nasty, brutish and short. Our people lived in stone -age conditions. President Koroma realized that there was no way that anybody would talk of transforming Sierra Leone without transforming the lives of the people. The government has therefore spent its first term revolutionizing the lives of the Sierra Leonean people. Electricity , water supply and road construction and infrastructural development — indispensable ingredients of development and living a better life–were made priorities by the government.






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President Koroma ensured that he restored electricity supply in Sierra Leone through the employment of thermal plants and the completion of the Bumbuna Hydroelectricity dam. The government has not stopped at that . Cities and towns in Sierra Leone have been illuminated through street lights powered by solar energy. This is the first time in the history of Sierra Leone that every city and town in the country is enjoying not only  electricity and water supply, but bright lights all over their streets and alleys. President Koroma’s people-oriented development has made  a dramatic difference in the lives of  Sierra Leoneans and foreign residents. This  urban and rural electrification program comes at the same time as the government is transforming the movement of people, goods and services through the construction of modern highways throughout the length and breadth of the country. Now, even Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora who visit the country, return to sing praises about the excellent developments taking place back home.

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The President and his government also revived mining  activities with the result that mining companies have provided thousands of jobs for the people, apart from the revenue they are bringing into the country’s economy. Farming was also prioritized and the goal of President Koroma is to make Sierra Leone self-sufficient in food production. The President also took a monumental step to improve health care delivery with the refurbishment of existing facilities, building  of new health centres and clinics and launching of the free health care scheme for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under 5. Another priority was quality education and the government set up the Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry , whose recommendations have provided the government and policymakers the road map needed to revamp and uplift our educational system .



Now, the government has launched THE AGENDA FOR PROSPERITY, another bold plan , this time designed to put more money into the coffers of the country and the  people. We now have electricity, water supply, good roads, improved health care delivery and a good educational system. Now , it is time for resource mobilization and utilization , specifically designed to  make the country and her people  benefit from her abundant mineral and natural resources.



Monday, May 27th, 2013

By Tony Bee, Sydney, Australia :

The term trauma can generally be caused by any event, action or sound that may bring serious shock, stress, depression or life-threats to a human being’s normal life.  This can be in the form of, for example, losing a very hopeful political election to an opponent, the loss of a loved one, a horrible accident, war, a fire disaster, earthquake, even the sound of a gun or other objects, etc.  Trauma can also affect people by their conscious or unconscious reflection on past horrible events, like reflecting on the 11 years of an uncivilized and brutal war that devastated our country Sierra Leone and left indelible scars on the minds of citizens.



In most of my recent writings, I have always not hesitated to remind Maada Bio and his tribal and regional-minded SLPP “Pa-O-Pa” that the political situation of the country would result in their facing a horrific traumatic political disaster that would be difficult to be treated by any specialist therapist.  I also did not mince my words to remind Bio and his SLPP that they would have to seek the services of specialist psychiatrists,  psychotherapists, and therapeutic counsellors because of the traumatic stress, the uncontrollable anger and the tormenting  depression that they would experience after a dramatic hands-down defeat in the hands of the ruling APC.

Well, Bio and his supporters obviously thought I was joking, their usual reaction to serious things, including serious national issue. To prove me right, I am challenging sober-minded Sierra Leoneans to take a closer scrutiny ofMaada Bio and his Pa-O-Pa cabal and you will see the anger and depression that are eating deep into their hearts and souls after Dr. Christiana Thorpe announced the unquestionable victory of Ernest Bai Koroma and his APC party. To tell you the truth, they are all seriously sick, inwardly and outwardly, and I suggest that the government increases the size of the Kissy Craze- Yard, the only psychiatric centre in Sierra Leone. Dr. Nahim, our only and hard-working psychiatrist, can help in that direction.

All those SLPP blind supporters, the so-called educated blokes who wrote spurious articles in newspapers in order to poison the minds of the electorate before the elections, are now as silent as a broken bell. Disappointment has made them so dumb that you will think they are no longer in existence. This is what disappointment can do to over-ambitious fools who would rather betray their country for their own self-aggrandizement. Take the case of one destructive half-baked media outlet, The New People online newspaper, which was one of the vociferous SLPP newspapers but which has suddenly gone underground or, to put it more appropriately, gone into coma since their SLPP lost the elections in November 17, 2012. Not until few days ago when it starts recovering from it long sleeps.

Those who are knowledgeable enough will know that the SLPP executive and supporters are presently seriously engaged in their usual political blame-game and regrets. While some are blaming their executive and political advisers for their preference of Maada Bio over Usman Boi Kamara and Kadie Sesay, others are eating their heads for being so naïve in blindly following a party that is steered by greedy and mediocre politicians. SLPP has been like this from time immemorial and they need drastic transformation if they really want to win the hearts of the people of Sierra Leone.

Wise Sierra Leoneans know that the reason why SLPP chose Bio was that being a former junta leader who betrayed his former boss and colleague by toppling him in a coup d’etat and took his place as Head of State, he would therefore be able to plunge the country into another war if the SLPP lost the election. The SLPP wanted to use him as a cat’s paw to pick their chestnut out of the fire! They later became disappointed when they realized that Maada Bio’s troubled past and financial impropriety were haunting him and Bio himself became afraid that if he made any false moves in present-day Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Court (ICC) would handle him for both his past and present crimes. As a result, the lion that the SLPP wanted to build out of him disappointingly became a lamb.

Another school of thought says that Maada Bio could not get hands on the millions of dollars he stole in Sierra Leone and deposited in foreign banks. He and a few of the SLPP executive members thought the only possibility of Bio getting his wealth back from foreign banks was by becoming a Head of State. According to the school of thought, Bio therefore made a deal with the said executive members that if he became the president of Sierra Leone and got his money back, he would share it with them. Nobody knows how true this is but rumours in Sierra Leone are usually built out of authentic happenings.

To prove that the SLPP is in regrets and that one member of the party is ignominiously blaming the other for their demise, read an article by one James Fallah-Williams in the Patriotic Vanguard online newspaper and you will see what I mean. Fallah-Williams wrote a very brilliant and educative article about some of the causes of SLPP’s never-to-rise fall.  He says the SLPP are always sleeping in their wings because of their chronic tribalism.

I knew for sure the effect of the elections on the SLPP and I have therefore often advised President Koroma and the APC, in my writings, to give more encouragement to the country’s psychiatric doctor, Dr. Edward Nahim, so that the doctor would be able to treat the numerous SLPP patients that the elections have produced.

The country should also create numerous counseling centres and should appeal to international organizations for professional counselors to practise in Sierra Leone. Moreover, the APC government of Ernest Bai Koroma should train more professional psychiatrists and trauma counsellors in the country.

The reason is that only a few fortunate SLPP die-hards are able to get psychiatric treatment and counseling therapy abroad; I sympathize with those thousands who cannot afford to go abroad and who are not able to get treatment in the country. Lack of appropriate treatment will make them face some serious post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). President Koroma and the APC government, please help. The SLPP may be your opposition but we should also not forget that they are your brothers who got entangled in their own web.

I still continue to launch my appeal to all peaceful and development-oriented Sierra Leoneans to continue opposing fellow Sierra Leoneans who are enemies of the state, enemies of progress, and enemies of the hard-earned peace in the country. In view of that, I encourage all patriotic journalists, the Independent Media Commission (IMC), National Electoral Commission (NEC), Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), the Bar Association, Teachers Union, religious groups, civil societies, human rights organizations, Labor Congress, women’s groups, youth organizations, musicians and other artists, traders associations, market women’s associations, student unions, disabled organizations, cassette sellers associations, booksellers associations, photographers associations, newspaper vendors, etc. to rise up and oppose the promoters of tribalism, violence, regionalism, hatred and dishonesty, especially the turn-coat politicians and the devil- incarnate political chameleons in the country before it is too late.






How Are The Mighty Fallen : Why Africans Are Running Back Home To Queue For Jobs

Saturday, May 25th, 2013


The undisputed fact is that the West has fallen. The United States of America , Britain and the Western world are no longer the land of opportunities they once were in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and even in the early 90s. Today, America, England and Europe have nothing remarkable to offer anymore and Africans are running back home to queue for jobs from their governments.

How things change. Only yesterday, the vogue was to keep  whole day vigils in Western embassies in Africa for visas to come to America or England to seek the golden fleece.  Today, Africans in the diaspora have come to the startling realization that the golden fleece is no longer in the West and if anything , it is now in their African countries. Therefore, there is now a dramatic reversal of trends–The same Africans who once scrambled to come to the West to seek opportunities and good fortune are now racing back home in Africa where they think they will have better opportunities for that slice of luck to open doors of opportunities.



The truth that nobody would dispute now is that the West is in a serious socio-economic  decline .  The one-time Mecca of golden opportunities and better quality of life has become a huge let down . One is better off staying put back home today than coming to the diaspora to seek uncertain opportunities and better living.  The jobs are drying up. Even the nursing and care-giving fields, which used to be the only source of redemption , are suddenly stricken with non-hiring policies, layoffs, cut-backs and trimming of benefits. In the educational field, universities prefer  adjunct professors while schools would rather make do with substitute teachers ( who get mere honorariums and no insurance benefits ) .   Due to excessive and inordinate greed for more profits and to cut costs, companies  and corporations or businesses are hardly hiring,  using the global economic downturn as scapegoats. While it is a fact that there is an economic recession out there, it does not excuse the employment practices prevailing today in the diaspora .Too many companies and corporations have become so greedy for profits that they are slamming the brakes on employment. Where they hire at all, it is on temporary basis and where it is permanent,  callous and insensitive bosses are scaling down on the benefits once enjoyed by their employees. Some no longer offer insurance benefits . For all the beating Africa is receiving  from the Western media about poverty and  poor working conditions, many employees  today in Africa enjoy better job security and protection than their colleagues in the diaspora. As late as the early 2000s, it used to be the opposite. Things have changed.Countries like Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, Kenya , Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and South Africa have become lucrative magnets for diasporans seeking better lives.

Nothing makes life in the diaspora more objectionable now than the hawkish and ripoff tactics of utility companies and other service-providers. Most of the bills ferreted by these companies and service-providers are inflated and criminally exorbitant. Too many people are disgruntled with the ruthless manner ripoff bills encroach on their take-home salaries. Rent and mortgage do not reduce in the diaspora. They keep escalating and one begins to wonder how many people will be able to pay their rents or mortgages in the next 15 years, given the alarming manner the rates escalate every year, while salaries remain stagnant. Homelessness will be the order of the day. In the diaspora, man is at the mercy of the greedy, exploitative capitalist system. There is nobody to complain to, unlike Africa, where some governments have on occasion intervened to force landlords to reduce their rents or implement measures to control prices at the markets .

Life is also very boring in the diaspora, as any newcomer would soon discover. Here , it is work, work, work whole day and for some people even whole night. There is no time for recreation or entertainment. When one thinks back nostalgically on the good, old days in Sierra Leone (The Super Combo or Purple Days era ) or Liberia ( The Moga Band and the Holiday Inn era ) , America and England are prisons. The weather provides no consolation. When it is not snowing, it is raining or there is a heat wave.

We, African journalists living in the diaspora, have to be frank in our assessments of life here. After all, reporters and correspondents representing Western media in Africa do not flinch to write about our socio-economic and political problems. It is high time that we too began to paint an accurate picture of what we see out here  so that our people in Africa would stop fooling themselves that the grass is still greener on the other side. It is no longer the case. Too many young people in Africa are building their hopes and future on coming to America or England , thinking that the streets of New York or Washington , or San Francisco or London or Paris are paved with gold or that money falls from the trees. They need to be advised ahead of time that things have changed in the diaspora and that if it used to be true it is no longer so.

The vicious, malicious  and undignified manner diasporans  try to slay  the character of government officials they think have not done enough to help them get government jobs is inexcusable, but our people back home need to know why suddenly once-content diasporans are becoming very desperate  for jobs back home  and have started competing with them for the scanty jobs and opportunities available. The West has fallen .


Pasco Temple defends Ambassador Stevens and Minister Kabs-Kanu

Friday, May 24th, 2013


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.

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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

Information Attache
Embassy of Sierra Leone to the United States
1701 19th St. NW
Washington, DC
Tel:+202 4466958



Sierra Leone Political Updates: Joseph Sherman Goes Berserk

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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.
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. 

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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.
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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.
Idriss Kamara
Sherman’s Victim
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.
IB Kargbo
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:


Wednesday, May 22, 2013 3:42 am, 0 | DIASPORA NEWS 

People and Enemies that have led to the Retrogression of the Republic of Sierra Leone (Part-One)

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.



Saturday, February 16, 2013 4:47 pm, 1 | DIASPORA NEWS

Is the APC Government of President Koroma Resorting to its Old Dirty Tricks of Ingratitude?

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.

IMF Says Sierra Leone’s Economic Growth Has Accelerated And Predicts 13 % GDP Growth In 2013

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013



PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA has been handling the Sierra Leone economy excellently. The International Monetary Fund ( IMF )  has just concluded a three-week mission in the country and the conclusions that the organization has drawn provide further proof that President Koroma is doing well with the Sierra Leone economy .


Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to Sierra Leone

Press Release No. 13/188
May 22, 2013 

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Ms. Malangu Kabedi-Mbuyi visited Freetown during May 8–21 to carry out discussions for the 2013 Article IV consultation and for a three-year economic and financial program that could be supported by the IMF under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The mission held discussions with Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Kaifala Marah; Central Bank Governor, Sheku Sesay; members of Parliament; representatives of the business community; development partners; and other senior officials.

At the end of the mission, Ms. Kabedi-Mbuyi issued the following statement in Freetown:

“Sierra Leone’s economic growth accelerated to15.2 percent in 2012, reflecting the emergence of large-scale iron ore extraction as well as sustained expansion in agriculture, services, and construction. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to grow at 13 percent in 2013. Consumer price inflation declined from 16.9 percent in 2011, to 12 percent in 2012, aided by prudent monetary policy and stable exchange rate. It is forecast to decline further in 2013. Sierra Leone’s external position improved in 2012, strengthening the reserve coverage.

“In the fiscal area, the overall budget deficit reached 5.6 percent of non-iron ore GDP, up from 4.6 percent in 2011 partly reflecting infrastructure investment scaling up and higher spending in goods and services. The deficit was financed largely with short-term treasury bills. For 2013, the budget deficit would be contained below 4 percent of non-iron ore GDP, thanks to the expected increase in revenue mobilization, and enhanced expenditure management.

“Policy discussions focused on creating fiscal space to continue supporting investment in infrastructure and human development, reducing inflation to single-digits, facilitating access to financial services, and creating an environment conducive to private sector development and job creation. The mission agreed with the authorities that medium-term structural reforms should focus on bolstering revenue mobilization, strengthening public financial management, maintaining prudent borrowing policies, and deepening financial intermediation.

“The mission reached preliminary understandings with the authorities on key elements of a medium-term economic and financial program that could be supported by the IMF under the ECF. Discussions between the mission and the authorities will continue in coming weeks.

“The mission wishes to thank the Sierra Leone authorities for candid and constructive discussions in Freetown.”

President Ernest Koroma Has A Clean Heart And A Right Spirit Within Him

Monday, May 20th, 2013


King David  in Psalm 51: 10 cried out to God : ” Give me a clean heart , oh God, and renew a right spirit within me “. One man who may not have to recite this prayer over and over and over is PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA, who has proved enough since he came to power in 2007 that he has a clean heart and a right spirit within him. In a world where people are very unforgiving, devillish and vindictive and will go all out to exact vengence on anybody who hurts them , even in word, it is fascinating and refreshing to know that we have a President in Sierra Leone who is completely different from the breed of vengeful people.

Many Sierra Leoneans and observers of the country’s progress from outside the nation, have commended the President highly for his leadership style and personal demeanor which are devoid of acrimony and the penchant to pay back or settle old scores.Since President Koroma came to power , journalists have taken liberties to write all manners of provocative and malicious articles against the Head of State. Even now, some errant media practitioners are still at it trying to defame the President, but Dr.Ernest Bai Koroma has remained so cool, unruffled and unmoved that to this day no journalist has ever been cautioned, not to mention harassed or the Lord forbid, arrested and jailed.



For the kind of tabloids and online news sheets which pass for newspapers, this is an amazing and unbelievable feat. In all the five years+ that the President has been in power, he has demonstrated remarkable grace, courage and tolerance under fire and provocation from the press. What is even more amazing about the President is that he is very friendly with the journalists that constitute themselves as thorns to the President’s character. The manner that the President lovingly and with impeccable camaradie hugs, embraces and hobnobs with these journalists in public functions is the stuff of legend .

Opposition members in Sierra Leone can be caustic and vituperative and oftentimes many of them have directed their venom at the President, saying bitter and unjustifiable things about him that are untrue and alien to his character and persona, but President Koroma never takes these things to heart like many other African and world leaders who consider members of the opposition sworn enemies. The President is a loving friend of all opposition members , including even the former Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) Presidential candidate, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio. Imagine what leaders like Samuel Doe , Mobutu Sese Sekou, Jean Bedell Bokassa, Marcia Nguema ,Idi Amin and others would have done to Bio if they were the ones whose convoy he had  blocked during the heat of the last elections  ! ! ! President Koroma is so tolerant that if there was another route, he could have told his security and drivers to take it to avoid a confrontation between his supporters and Bio’s. For a post-war country still scarred by the ravages of the last war, President Koroma has the right spirit within him. Only a tolerant, forgiving and non-vindictive leader will be able to build and consolidate peace in Sierra Leone. For being that kind of leader, we doff our hats to the President.

Let us also look at the awards and insignia recently presented to worthy citizens by President Koroma to mark the 52nd Independence Anniversary. While it is a fact that all the recipients deserved their honor for contributing to the social, economic, cultural and political development of Sierra Leone, one or two  of them would be first to acknowledge that if President Koroma was the kind of man with a touchy, unforgiving and vengeful spirit, they would not have made the list. Either they or their family members went out purposely to derail the re-election efforts of the President. But for the magnificent fightback by the Presidential press corps, the song “YESTERDAY BETTEH PASS TIDAY”  would have undermined the President’s re-election drive.

The song stunned supporters of the President and citizens who saw all the socio-economic and political developments bursting forth throughout the nation– modern roads and highways, restoration of electricity and water supplies, the revival of economic, social and political institutions that had collapsed before the President came to power; the resuscitation of the economy, the restart of mining activities and farming and the respect for fundamental human rights –and wondered what Emmerson was chewing when he sang that life yesterday under the SLPP was better than life today under the APC. Emerson was definitely wrong and we in the media wasted no time to take him to task for the divisive and ungrateful song at the risk of being eaten alive by his numerous fans. WE HAVE TO SAY TOO THAT PRESIDENT KOROMA PROVED EMERSON WRONG THROUGH HIS MANIFEST SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS .

Today, Emerson is a proud recepient of Presidential honour and insignia. The President thought he had contributed so well to the cultural development of the country that he deserved national recognition and honour. A man with a clean heart and a right spirit within him, the President forgot about what Emerson had sung against his regime and gave him the award. This is the kind of attitude all Sierra Leoneans should inculcate as we rebuild our country. We must forgive those who transgress against us. We must give the squirrel his bunch of palm nuts if he deserves them , regardless of political affiliation or creed.

President Koroma is really the right man to rule Sierra Leone today . God saw whom our country needed and chose President Koroma as he chose Moses to lead his children out of the land of bondage. Many Sierra Leoneans are in bondage to unforgiveness, bitterness and vindictiveness . The Sierra Leone of today needs President Koroma  to come and teach us the opposite and what a difference it would make if we all emulate the President. People will achieve what they strive for and social, political and economic justice will reign throughout the land. Our citizens must get the honors and awards they work for diligently , regardless of political schisms and this is the message President Koroma amplified powerfully and eloquently during the 52nd Independence Anniversary celebrations.

President Ernest Koroma’s Agenda For Prosperity is a reality

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
 By Dr. Augustine Kamara :

As we move on with, prosperity in Sierra Leone it appears the rate of development is faster than the naked eye can see. Yes it is true that hard times are banging every corner of Sierra Leone, the truth of the matter is hard times are now a global phenomenon. However one thing is certain, the government of President Koroma is focused in fulfilling its promise to the nation. The president and his able ministers are bent on providing basic amenities like water and electricity for the nation. It is unbelievable the president is such a busy man and have so much in his plate to do for both national and international issues, that one wonders where he possess the energy to attend to all the issues , so are his able task force ministers.

Unemployment is a big problem but has been drastically handled by the government, and most of the youths have developed a self-help mechanism by being self employed and are making gains as ‘Okada riders, construction workers and mining labor force.

It is easy to blame the government now for not doing enough but when things that are happening in the prosperity agenda are finally visible then the unbelieving Thomases will swallow their words or blame game

Solar Street Lights in Port Loko Town

As a brief testimony, I witnessed the inspection made by H.E. President Koroma at the Port Loko district where the solar energy was at display lighting not only the streets of Port Loko town but bringing new life and hope of progress to the inhabitants of the Port Loko town after a long time of darkness and hopeless for any progress. The president Dr. Ernest Koroma paid tribute to the late vice president S.I. Koroma and late honorable minister S.A.T Koroma both he referred to as mentors and motivators for his political ideologies. The president used the occasion to consolidate divisiveness that seems to undermine the strength of the A.P.C. party. In the presence of cabinet ministers like the minister of energy the honorable, Robin Coker, deputy minister of energy honorable Martin Bash Kamara ,both ministers of political affairs, the honorable Alhaji Alpha Sahid  Kanu who doubles as information minister, and the honorable Kemoh Sesay; including elders  of the Port Loko district Dr. Sheku Kamara, chairman of the chairmen Yahya  Deen Kamara the hosting member of parliament Alhaji Dumbuya and chiefs from and around the Port Loko district, President Koroma urged the elders of the community to work out modalities for Port Loko politicians to work amicably for peace and prosperity. The president rounded his visit by inspecting the Bankasoka dam currently under construction by the Chinese, estimated to add two mega watts to the energy supply of Port Loko.


The president was also seen officiating a fund raising program at Makeni. He was energized as ever preaching peace and progress for the nation. I was fortunate to see road construction in full force for the Makeni- Kabala road. On arrival at Kabala one could see water borne pipes are under construction for the entire town.  Lunsar town is also undergoing construction for water borne pipe and solar energy poles. While kailahun is already alight, Magburaka is all paved. I guess construction of the new airport at MA MAMA will soon commence. The facelift of the Lungi airport is a big plus for prosperity that would make every Sierra Leonean to be proud of.

Magburaka town is completely paved

It is however disheartening to hear comments from detractors that mama Salone should go backwards to our ugly past. Fellow Sierra Leoneans let us wish ourselves well and work towards a better mama Salone. Bravo president Koroma and ministers of government keep the flame of prosperity burning never feel discourage and god bless SALONE


Lunsar towards development, Highway in improved condition

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Executives preach prosperity, positive attitude, patriotism, nationalism

Friday, May 10th, 2013


Courtesy of ABC Communications Office : 

The Executives of the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) Secretariat have delivered brilliant, educative and interesting lectures to public service workers at a one day workshop held at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown on Thursday 18th April 2013.

During one of the technical sessions in the workshop themed: working towards prosperity with positive attitude, the ABC Executive Director, Dr. Ivan Ajibola Thomas delivered a paper on ‘The relationship between positive attitude and prosperity’, while the National Coordinator and Second-in-Command, Nanette Thomas spoke on ‘The relationship between and among patriotism, nationalism and respect for the law’.


Dr. Ajibola Thomas, in his presentation, emphasized that the agenda for prosperity is not a political project but a constitutional mandate. The youths, he said, should serve as the engine for prosperity, as according to him, they are the productive base of the nation.

He said the barriers to prosperity include corruption, lack of transparency and accountability, lawlessness and indiscipline, non-compliance to code of conduct and lack of empathy among others.

Prosperity he said can only be sustained when the nation’s wealth is equitably distributed, when transparency and accountability come to play, when high performance in duty is recorded, when all and sundry put hands on deck for development, when freedoms and rights are upheld, when there is commitment and cooperation among the citizens.



In her lecture, National Coordinator and Second-in-Command of the ABC Secretariat, Nanette Thomas, highlighted various definitions for the word patriotism, among which she said, patriotism is a devotion to one’s country.

She described nationalism as ‘showing unconditional love for your country, and putting your country first or above personal interest. It means making sacrifices for your country, and being prepared and willing to defend your country at anytime and at all costs. It means showing loyalty and commitment to your country”.

Madam Thomas furthered that respect for the law is behaving in such a way that you act affirmatively to manifest and respect the law.

She said ‘unless you take control and set goals to shape your own life, circumstances will shape it for you’