Money Misrule in Sierra Leone
Nowadays, Sierra Leone has become a country where money can speak a loud language that even the deaf can understand. We agree that money rules the whole world but in our own case, money is misruling us as we have sacrificed almost everything on the altar of money; most of us have sold all our values to our desperation to amass money.
In Sierra Leone today, almost everything has gone commercial, almost all our institutions, even the most sacred ones, have been commercialized. Whether you have all the integrity, all the knowledge, all the skills and all the capabilities, if you do not have money, you are relegated to the dustbin.
Money has misruled us to the point that school pupils now need money to pass their exams, not their intelligence and diligence. Whether you are the most handsome man on planet earth, if you lack money in Sierra Leone, forget about the beautiful babies, they are not for you. Love and Marriage have become highly commercial to the point that whenever you propose love or marriage to a lady, the first thing that lady will demand from you is money to solve her immediate problems and if you cannot afford to give her the money, then you are not serious about the relationship.
Even our national politics has been highly commercialized to the point that most candidates are voted to power because of their material wealth, not because of their integrity or ability to deliver the goods. This commercial pattern of voting has resulted in giving us very rich but woefully incompetent politicians. Just jet in from overseas with a flashy jeep and few thousand dollars and join one of the traditional parties, APC or SLPP, the next day you are in parliament. Economic strength has now become the main yardstick we use to measure successful people; it has become the main qualification to become a parliamentarian.
In most of our churches and mosques, you need to spend money to be recognized. Whether you are the most faithful member of a congregation, going to church or mosque every blessed day, if you cannot make a meaningful financial contribution to that church or mosque, you will remain occupying the back seat the rest of your life.
Sadly, even our universities have been commercialized. If you cannot afford to buy pamphlets and to grease the palms of some money-hungry lecturers, forget about having a sound degree, no matter your intelligence and assiduity. Consequently, we are now having graduates brandishing attractive degrees but whose performance does not resemble the degrees they possess.
Clearly, our mad rush for money has drowned all the values we need to push this nation forward. We agree that money is very important to our well being but we should not allow it to swallow all our values.
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