His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, may have his flaws like every other human being, but he has his very good and commendable side. His awards marking the 52nd Independence Anniversary of Sierra Leone were very meritorious, HE gave the awards to the most deserving citizens, so, we laud him for his sincerity.
President Koroma’s awards to Mohamed Kallon, Emmerson Bockarie, Professor Strasser King, Professor Redwood- Sawyer, Rose Konima Stevens, Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay, Francis Munu and others deserve big accolade. The president gave the Independence Awards to the right people. His awards were free of partisan, tribal, regional, religious and sectarian sentiments. We praise the president for exhibiting such fairness and neutrality.
But the unique aspect of President Koroma’s Independence Awards is that they were not limited to only highly placed people, other citizens who have contributed immensely to the political, social and economic development of this country were considered.
We have observed that President Koroma’s most popular awards were those of Mohamed Kallon, the soccer legend and Emmerson Bockarie, the celebrated musical giant. Emmerson and Kallon are icons in the entertainment world and, therefore, are sitting right in the hearts`of especially the Sierra Leonean youths. These two Sierra Leonean stars have put this nation high on the world map via their extraordinary talents displayed nationally and internationally.
Consequently, we highly congratulate President Koroma for awarding especially Emmerson and Kallon, they deserve the decoration.
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