*Eighteen years since the brutal Freetown Invasion…*
Today January 6 is a day every Sierra Leonean should remember. It marks the 18th anniversary of the January 6th brutal invasion of Freetown.
Today should be a moment of reflection and truth, it should not be a moment of misrepresentation of the facts, it’s should not be a moment to perpetuate negativity… It should be a moment to call out corruption in the public sector, to call out thieves in civil society and thieves in the private sector. It’s a moment to call out and make resolutions against all those tendencies that led Sierra Leone to that dark history.
Those who arrogate to themselves such roles should do so fairly and honestly because it’s also a moment to reflect on the progress we have made 18 years on.
Certainly, Sierra Leone is a better place today than ten 18years ago. Our country’s democracy is better than it was 18 years ago, Sierra Leone is by far more cohesive now than 18 years ago. Sierra Leone is by far more peaceful now than 18 years ago. Sierra Leone is certainly better in upholding human rights now than 18 years ago and if some people do not recognise the progress Sierra Leone has made in the last 18 years either because of foxy eyes tinted by political mischief, or by sheer dishonesty, the majority of the people of Sierra Leone clearly see how far we have come and the important gains we have made through our collective efforts. We still have challenges but we have certainly move forward; Sierra Leone is certainly not where it was 18 years ago!!
May the souls of the departed rest in peace!