A tribute poem for late President Kabbah
A Nation mourns the death of a Statesman,
In tears the people weep the loss of a great man.
Born in 1932, to a Mende mother from Kailahun and a Madingo father from Kambia,
His Presidency is a testament that tribes and regions form no barrier.
As a devout Muslim he serves Allah with devotion,
Yet he leads a country where Christians practice their faith without persecution.
A diplomat, an economist and a lawyer,
These professions shape him to become the President we all admire.
He takes over the mantle of leadership in a nation ravaged by war,
With many people blighted by atrocities so hard to endure.
Children, women and the defenceless people become victims of the violence,
But in his search for peace he shows great forbearance.
He establishes the TRC to preach reconciliation and unity,
Then he agrees with the United Nation to set up the Special Court to address impunity.
He creates laudable institutions to entrench good governance and economic developments,
So from ACC, NRA, NASSIT, NaCSA, IMC, PPRC, NCD to HRCSL, these institutions will form his embodiments.
Rtd. Brig Julius Maada Bio refers to him as an emblem of peace and icon of democracy,
And President Ernest Bai Koroma refers to him as a great giant of Peace and Democracy.
In our thoughts we will forever remember that Peace and Democracy are his true legacy,
Whilst in our prayers, we will always ask God to grant him infinite mercy.
By: Yusuf Keketoma Sandi (in photo)
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