By KABS KANU :
The commitment expressed by the Sierra Leone Government towards the Mamamah International Airport project has nothing to do with the government damning her financial partners, the International Monetary Fund ( IMF ) and the World Bank.
During a high-level bilateral meeting at the margins of the last UN General Assembly between Sierra Leone’s President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the Chinese Head of State, Mr. Xi Jinping ( Which COCORIOKO reported in full details), it was the Chinese leader who assured Sierra Leone that his country would do everything possible to ensure that the international airport is constructed. It was within the spirit of this commitment by the Chinese President that President Koroma said in Freetown last week when China sent a delegation to Freetown to discuss the way forward that he is still committed to the project.
In other words, President Koroma was saying that if China was still committed to its promise to help us construct the international airport, he was still interested. Afterall, the project would bring immense socio-economic benefits to the country and President Koroma wants to see his country flourish. The President’s statement was in no way meant to disparage the IMF and the World Bank.
However, when you have men of ill-will like BBC reporter, Umaru Fofana, who wants to damage the good relations between the President and the country’s financial and development partners, even such an innocent statement by President Koroma should be occasion for Fofana to batter and twist it out of context and make it seem like President Koroma was thumbing his nose at the IMF and the World Bank.
President Koroma is the sovereign and constitutionally-elected Head of State of Sierra Leone. He was elected to bring good things to the country. The President knows what is good for Sierra Leone. He does not therefore have to damn financial partners to state his commitment to any good thing that a goodwill nation wants to help him bring to the country.
The banner headline in the POLITICO newspaper, owned and operated by Umaru Fofana, is another typical example of Umaru’s bad motives in his brand of Journalism . He is so determined to have this APC Government fall, so that his political party, the SLPP will come to power, that he wants to drive a wedge between the government and her financial and development partners, so that if they are lily-livered and petty-minded like Fofana they will withhold all financial commitments to our government to strangulate the country economically. What a shame . What would make a man hate his country with such a passion and perpetually seek its downfall and not its good ?
We at COCORIOKO blame the Western media .
We blame the western media because it is their wont to always hire negative-minded , divisive and destructive individuals who would help them perpetrate their negative and stereotypical ideas and perceptions about striving third world countries, especially in Africa. Umaru Fofana is doing what the western media loves to see–False, damaging and negative reports about African nations.
In the light of this seditious journalism going on in the country, we think it is high time the APC Government gingered up and stopped treating seditious journalists with kid gloves. Journalists must start being brought to account in the courts of law for the false, misleading and seditious articles they write or send to the international media to injure the reputation and good name of the government.
Enough is too much for a feast.
SEE BELOW SOME COMMENTS MADE IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA BY SIERRA LEONEANS ABOUT UMARU FOFANA’S LATEST PERFIDY :