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If not T-K, who ended the rebel war?

If not T-K, who ended the rebel war?

I still maintain that my brother Alpha Kanu ought not to have made the controversial statement about President Ernest Bai Koroma being our greatest leader since Sir Milton Margai and Siaka Stevens. The man has been in office for barely two years and suddenly he has become our greatest. It has encouraged others like Mohamed Sankoh (one drop) to come out with the even more ridiculous statement that President Tejan-Kabbah did not end the 11 year rebel war which had caused so much havoc and devastation throughout the length and breadth of Sierra Leone. Alpha Kanu should have listed those qualities and achievements of President Koroma which made him come to that conclusion. Is it governance and respect for human rights, fight against corruption, development, agricultural food sufficiency, health. (Here let it be stated clearly that what His Excellency is going to launch on April 27 IS NOT A SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE BUT AN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME WORLDWIDE) or is it Bumbuna etc. (Photo: Dr. Sama Banya)

If as Mohamed Sankoh alleges that Tejan-Kabbah never ended the rebel war, then who did? Over the years I have been disappointed with the output of many of these fellows with eye-catching pen names. They often make bold headlines but the content of their articles lacks substance, and no flesh. The question the likes of one drop should answer in relation to recent conflicts is who takes credit for the different victories?

Did British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ever go near the battle front in Britain’s war with Argentina over the Falklands Islands and yet who got all the credit for it? Who singlehandedly led the British to victory after the fall of France in the Second World War? Apart from going to operation headquarters like North Africa did Winston Churchill ever fire a shot? Did he go anywhere near Rommel in the north African desert? France fell and surrendered to nazy Germany early in the same Second World War. Charles de Gaulle formed a government of Free French in exile in Britain from where he rallied his countrymen. Was he in fact ever near a battlefield?  The ANC waged their war of liberation against the racist regime of South Africa for most of the time that Nelson Mandela was incarcerated on Robin Island. And yet with whom is the victory over apartheid associated?

So what is all this crap about Tejan-Kabbah not ending the rebel war even though it was a major election pledge? The unfortunate thing is that the likes of Mohamed Sankoh are well aware of all these facts but they pretend that they are non-events or twist them round because it would take the sting out of their venom, how long?

The Awoko Newspaper has been publishing the result of opinion polls that it has been collecting about what people think about President Koroma’s performance half way in his Presidency. While the figure for those who believe he is doing well has persistently stayed below 30 percent that for those who think negatively about his lackluster performance has climbed to 15 percent as of today. Come 2012 the President will not be judged by what his supporters put out, but by what the people see on the ground.   

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  • No doubt, the credit for the War-don-don goes to Dr Kabbah, but let us not forget that His Excellency Dr Ernest Koroma, as the Leader of the Opposition also made significant contribution towards this.If not for full support and blessings of Dr Koroma, Dr Kabbah could never have ended the war.
    Let us forge ahead, and Alpha Kanu’s statement is stale and outdated.Now we are not talking about Sierra Leonean Leaders, and according to Gordon Brown and Her Majesty the Queen, Dr Koroma is, if not the best, then one of the best African Leaders ever.This automaticlly puts Dr Koroma in the same cataegory of Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere and Kenneth Kaunda

    14th April 2010

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