“Mr. Former defense minister, the national security of Sierra Leone and its citizens, is not at stake; it is the national ambitions and aspirations of certain political heads and their factions at stake”. I know you are aware of the suffering caused by the ten-year brutal civil war and its aftermath. I know you are equally aware of the tensions in our society and the trajectory of our democracy. Hence, I am puzzled as to why you had to speak in the manner you did, despite knowing that fragility exists in our national discourse.
Whole citizens are engaged, active, and objective when it comes to governance and participation in nation-building, regardless of their individual, social, political, or tribal affiliations. Citizens’ apathy or their lack of interest in governance presents a real challenge to our developmental aspirations. I am confident that by empowering a responsible, whole citizenry, we can nurture pathways and provide opportunities for citizens to discharge their civic rights and responsibilities confidently and productively.
I want to begin by asking several questions. As a nation, what would we lose if we put Country First? What would we gain if we put Country First? From where I stand, we stand to lose nothing but gain everything when we seek the common good and put “Country First” in all our human endeavors. So, what do I mean to put Country First?
What should the government of Sierra Leone (state, local and municipal level) be doing to keep the Coronavirus from reaching and spreading in Sierra Leone? Less than 72 hours ago, the President of Sierra Leone empathized and warned all Sierra Leoneans, saying, “It is no longer a question of whether the Coronavirus will come to Sierra Leone, it is a question of when”? In his nationwide broadcast speech, President Bio further urged all Sierra Leoneans to respect the protocol, including social distancing and personal hygiene.
Africa was an opportunity.
Africa is an opportunity.
But, how do Africans see Africa?
The queues are long
and their hopes are high
with the nation’s economy on its knees to foreign agencies
and unemployment of its population sky high
we should all be wary; we should all be alert.
We speak about rights
but frowns on its responsibilities
We seek social change
but are unwilling to change ourselves
“We cannot change a culture by a new law or decree, we can only change a culture by education.”
Do you remember when our television screens and newspapers were full of pictures of migrants struggling and dying trying to get to Europe?