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Comments: 46th Independence Anniversary of Sierra Leone. My Reflections.
West Africa”. Today, just after 46 years of independence, Sierra Leone is one of
the poorest in the world, at the bottom of the UN Human Development Index. I
will not go into the statistics here, as most of us are familiar with them. But
what I would want to focus on here is the question: what went wrong, and what
can we do about.
the path of development for economic and social prosperity, and yet can not
you will, the wisdom to manage our natural resources for the benefit of our
people, and yet we still can not deliver.
our own standards, for good governance, and yet we still can not deliver.
moral leadership not only at state house, but in all government ministries.
• A leadership with wisdom, moral character and integrity
• A leadership that understands the needs of its people and provides for their
It is said: “A society that is morally bankrupt is hollow, and is bound to
collapse. This is where we are, a collapse nation with no sense of direction.
leaders will drive in Mercedes on pot holes in a dark city, while our kids go to
school on foot with no shoes on.
leaders will live in “glass houses” with light and running water, while our kids
go to bed hungry, and sleep in the dark.
leaders will despise the most needy in our society like the amputees, the
victims of the war, and seen as a burden to society.
shelter, food and water. But we are just too greedy and selfish to provide them
will understand that we cannot afford them as a nation.
vision and opportunity to put Sierra Leone back on the track of economic
development. It is said in the Qur’an (in interpretation) that:
“Allah will not change the plight of a nation until and unless its people are
ready for a change”.
especially for the youth of Sierra Leone, for our fathers have failed us, and we
cannot afford to fail our own children. Just as we are holding our fathers
accountable today, so will our children hold us accountable tomorrow if we fail?
determination to put Sierra Leone back on its track to economic development and
political stability. In whatever we do as individuals, political parties, civic
and non-profit organizations, let it be first in the interest of Sierra Leone,
and then it will ultimately be in our individual interests. One thing we should
have learnt from the decade-long rebel war in Sierra Leone, is the fact that we
can only survive as a family, a community and a country. Let us all work
together irrespective of our political philosophy and aspirations, cultural
diversity, and above all our individual differences.
Justice, and we will leave no Sierra Leonean behind.
Earned B.SC (Hons) in Zoology at FBC, and M.Sc. (Eng.)in Environmental
Management at University of Technology in Germany.