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By  | 3 February 2016 at 07:58 | 1761 views

Burundi chaos
With the election of Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno as the new African Union chairman, President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi should do everything possible to avoid a military invasion of his country and personal tragedy for himself.

I am constrained to write this because I recently read an interview in Jeune Afrique magazine in which Idriss Deby categorically stated that as AU chairman he would not rule out a military invasion of Burundi to avoid another catastrophe like the one that happened in neighbouring Rwanda. The Chadian leader is a man well known for his no-nonsense fighting spirit. Time to head to head to the negotiating table, Nkurunziza. I hear you are a fervent Christian that prays a lot and that your wife is a pastor. That’s good, prayer is good, but it also needs action. Act now and talk to your brothers and sisters on the other side to save yourself, your family and your country.

Fires in Freetown
There has been a spate of fires all over Freetown in the last couple of weeks. There have been conspiracy theories too. But I prefer the explanation that says the fires are due to faulty electrical installations blowing up as more and more homes in the capital get electricity. I hope all concerned would do something about that; prevention is better because I don’t think our fire brigade is up to the task of dealing with fires at this point in time. That’s putting it very nicely.

Also,I would like to express my sympathy to Professor Eldred Jones, my Principal at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone when I was there in the late 70s and early 80s, for losing his house including a very valuable personal library containing priceless books and documents to what has been described as a bush fire at Leicester, where he lives. I hear some Sierra Leoneans writers headed by Mallam Osman Sankoh are raising funds to help. Good initiative, guys.

Good news for FBC now. Some Arab entity, I hear, has provided a 12 million dollar loan to repair and restore FBC to its former glory. Very good news indeed. Thanks to all concerned.