SIERRA LEONE AT 48 - THE SHAME OF IT ALL AND A TRUE BETRAYAL OF TRUST
Another anniversary, another day to remind ourselves that 48 years ago the mother country became a part of the international community as a nation among nations in the wake of Africa's struggle for independence.
48 years on - was this the dream of the founding fathers of a truly independent Sierra Leone?
Apart from the usual speeches laden with insincerity and falsehood marking the day pouring from the lips of nation-wreckers at the helm of affairs, how patriotic and sincerely have the country's leaders served the people for whom independence was granted 48 years ago?
You do not have to be in the mother country to know that the usual facade of celebratory antics would be on the cards where only those in the know and close to the powers that be would wine, dine and dance on the tombs of the poor, the oppressed and those without the right connections even as their God-given resources are used to pour scorn on generations past and those yet to exist within the borders of the mother country.
Leaders have betrayed Sierra Leoneans to such an extent that quite a good number who were around at independence now seem to regret the attainment of this status as Sierra Leonean leaders became more uncaring, more deceitful and more dishonest in their quest for luxuries and wealth they could only have dreamt about.
It is not surprising to hear this generation expressing deep sorrow and regret at those who had emerged as political leaders and wishing that the British never went away or at least, the country was still a part of the apron string of the United Kingdom. They argue that this could have stopped the downward spiral of Sierra Leone.
At least that could have ensured the unity, freedom and justice that should have been the spirit and backbone - the spine of the new country as well as her guiding light.
But alas the lack of respect for these ideals plunged the mother country into a ten-year war, saw the manipulation of legal instruments for the repression of free speech and provided the channel for the state execution of fellow Sierra Leoneans who dared to question and to dissent against the rising tide of intolerance, nepotism, plunder and theft of state resources and a host of other ills that cropped up only after independence.
However the greatest threat to the integrity of the nation came from a new and malevolent quarter - sycophancy where those in power played god and expected to be regarded thus with any queries being raised regarded as "unpatriotic" while the "patriots" brought the mother country to her knees - an extremely rich but poor country.
Today and the days leading to our great day could have seen a number of activities ranging from so-called "dances" and "shows" to "dinners" thrown in - all a shameless attempt to obscure the truth about the agony of suffering Sierra Leoneans.
Focus on the motto - Unity, Freedom, Justice and put the spotlight on the justice issue and then can we truly appreciate just how governance had been turned on its head by the "educated and enlightened" to hold the poor and unconnected in perpetual servitude and underdevelopment.
On the website of the House of Parliament on the Sierra Leone Independence Act, 1961 there is a reminder thus