Ernest Bai Koroma Flamboyantly Welcomed Home
The arrival of the former President of this Republic, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, who doubles as the Chairman and Leader of the main opposition party- the All Peoples Congress (APC) on Sunday 5th August, 2018 has been the recent subject of debate across the country.
That prestigious valiant welcome by party members, supporters/faithfuls and multitude of ordinary citizens has convinced quite a good number of Sierra Leoneans both at home and abroad that the exemplary performances of the erstwhile President are highly appreciated and that the pragmatic APC party remains the prominent and consistent political party in this country.
Emphasizing on the level of elations whilst his convoy drove along the route from the border with neighboring Guinea through Kambia, Gbere Junction, Port Loko, Lunsar, and Bombali and finally in the heartland of Makeni city would definitely be an elaboration of the obvious.
From a vast number of our interviewed audience, SEM was told that the mobilization of that mammoth crowd and extraordinary enormous welcome of their sagacious Chairman and Leader like that ever by road, was primarily done to demonstrate appreciation for EBK’s triumphant quality leadership in adhering to the needs of the people, sustaining and perpetuating democracy and Human Rights in Sierra Leone for the past decade.
Former President Koroma being a compassionate grassroots leader, lavished thanks and admiration on the APC party’s national executive, members and supporters for the great affection they had shown to him whilst addressing the party’s chain of command at the Northern Regional Headquarters in Makeni.
Conspicuously looking at that well attended unique populace, EBK confirmed the high level of gratitude, esteem delight and unflinching honour the people of this country hold for him pertinent to his diligent, selfless and relentless services rendered to this great nation. In no time, he refuted the baseless allegations made against him by some scrupulous self-centered individuals as unfortunate. Upon sensing the national mixture of adequate representation, the former President was left with no option rather than stepping out of the vehicle at the border and carefully looked at the wide assortment of grateful Sierra Leoneans who have left their respective homes to honour and welcome him at the border. The astute Chairman and Leader revealed that he was initially not in favour of such proposal but after been persuaded by the party’s stalwarts, he later agreed as he is a listening leader.
He commenced by calling on the supporters and members of the APC party to be law-abiding devoid of all the pains and mortifications they had terribly gone through in the country during his absence. He treated what was posted on social media with a pinch of salt (that he is training mercenaries from Guinea to attack Sierra Leone). He disproved such rumours as baseless by saying that no Sierra Leonean will ever think of waging war to this country reflecting on the past 11-year senseless war.
“I have served this nation for two consecutive terms as President and I was successful in leading this country peacefully. What else would I want that will make me wage war?” exclaimed Former President Koroma.
His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, expressed genuine and patriotic concern to the Bio led SLPP government that such baseless and terrifying allegations on social media against him poses the tenacity to drive investors away, thereby stagnating our economic growth as a nation with adverse effects on the commoners.
Furthermore, he being a true patriot was urging the SLPP government to desist from disseminating baseless allegations on social media in order to encourage investors to come rather than leaving them with mixed feelings.
Amongst those present were the Deputy Chairman and Leader, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray who had been acting in the absence of the Chairman and Leader, the National Secretary General (NSG), Alhaji Dr. Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh, the former Presidential Candidate of the APC, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara with his Running mate Honourable Chernoh Maju Bah assembled at the border between Guinea and Sierra Leone to flamboyantly receive and welcome their Chairman and Leader.
The NSG, O.F. Yansaneh related to their leader all the killings, intimidations, Human Right abuses that were going on while he was on vacation. He further informed the Chairman and Leader of the witch hunt going on under the pretext of a fight against corruption whose selective scenery has been widely damned. The other party stalwarts who received former President Koroma from Gbalamuya and drove with him all the way to Makeni were Women’s leader Madam Elizabeth Mans, Youth Leader Bai Mahmoud Bangura, National Deputy Publicity Secretary Robin Faley, Sidi Yayah Tunis, Moijueh KaiKai, Madam Diana Konomanyi and other well-known APC figures. The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) provided the required and quality professional policing throughout the process. The excellent and assiduous SLP’s performances are worth emulating because the entire welcome was very pleasant-sounding and delightful. At the end of it all, former President Koroma and his wife, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma who was by her husband throughout that well attended event, left together to their retirement residence inside Makeni city.
By: Allieu Lamin Kamara
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