In Sierra Leone, We Pay More Attention to the Dead than the Living!
Successful children do little for their parents while they are alive. The parents of successful Sierra Leoneans live in huts in the countryside while those in Freetown live in the same old wooden houses and “pan bodies” infested with rats and cockroaches.
When the parents die, their children at home and abroad slaughter cows and organise elaborate funeral ceremonies to “honour” their dead parents. What a backward culture, if this really qualifies as part of our culture.
This same culture is practiced by the government. Our heroes are abandoned and neglected to rot in poverty.
Kama Dumbuya was neglected to wallow in poverty only for him to be given a civic funeral after his death.
Justice COE Cole, a legal luminary of high integrity who also ruled the country for 24 hours was also neglected to rot in poverty.
In effect, it was the late Frankly Bunting-Davis of the New Shaft newspaper who launched a campaign for the former chief justice to be given a car by the state to save him from the embarrassment of travelling in public transports known as poda podas!
President JS Momoh responded to the appeal and provided Justice Cole with a car.
President JS Momoh also ended in misery and was later given a state funeral.
Our problem is that, we have never created wealth but want to live in opulence! We plant the seeds that bear the fruits of poverty and destruction but hope to harvest prosperity and development.
In Sierra Leone, rogues and crooks are held in high esteem while patriotic persons are treated with scorn.
I have already disclosed how the Government of Cameroon has decorated the international football star, Roger Milla who has been appointed a life time ambassador for his country. He has official cars, body guards, a house and on full salary.
Has Sierra Leone ever accorded such facilities to anybody? Even our politicians are potential paupers! The way most of our leaders have ended is nothing to write home about.
Despite his agony, Kama was always smiling and never blamed the government for his misery. Betraying his country for money was unthinkable for Kama. He was a proud Sierra Leonean who wanted the best for his country.
How do we promote patriotism and honesty with this backward culture of neglecting those who sacrifice for our nation?
May his humble soul rest in perfect peace.
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