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Sierra Leone: One Country, One People?

3 January 2007 at 23:23 | 591 views

"Rather than using tribal bonds to create despair in our land, Sierra Leoneans need to involve themselves in dialogue and establish some level of consensus, co-existence, tolerance and mutual cooperation to re-ignite and re-establish sustainable development in the country.

It is wrong to uphold our cultural identities with an inability to demonstrate love. There has to be a concerted effort by all and sundry to adopt new, sustainable and patriotic measures to defend the fundamental rights of all Sierra Leoneans."

By Ayo Mason,Holland.

Sierra Leone, a country of emphatic beauty, is not moving in the right direction inspite of its sad past of mismanagement and war.It has always had a leadership that is not alert in its commitment to provide credible services and programmes.

It is a land of exquisite beauty and abundant wealth in its fields and waters.But,given its inhabitants’ ability to falter, the country is struggling to keep a firm grip on its natural resources. When a government neglects to learn from previous mistakes and the citizens care less about politicians’ public record, there is bound to be inertia and perfidiousness in the society.

Many Sierra Leonean politicians hail from poor hamlets and towns but sadly, nothing is being done to uplift the massive poverty in their areas. If universal values hinge on the rights to life, liberty and freedom, then in Sierrra leone, the framework which creates the necessary balance has been distorted and too often the people fall victim to naked political bullying.

Experts say the world has changed its old face in every respect. The concepts of good governance and democracy allow the principles of care and assistance, the drive to fight against injustice and to promote the interests of people who experience disadvantages in society.However, an examination of the realities in Sierra Leone, reveals a disturbing trend.

Questions are being asked about why Sierra Leone is always tormented by crises? One of the main reasons is the negative attitude of its citizens to embrace tainted politicians who have subjected them to despair and grief. In our increasingly complex country, the tasks and duties of the citizens are becoming more challenging every day.Sierra Leoneans must respond in a positive and progressive manner to events affecting their lives.

They must have an open mind to be able to ponder differently and to see from different perspectives. Democracy provides the environment for debate and the exchange of ideas. The truth is the people are grossly being used and set apart to be divisive and unpatriotic. The quest for social justice, free expression and fundamental rights is largely absent and too often, politicians use their tribal and regional ties to distort those attributes.

Therefore, it is imperative for the people in the country to turn their attention towards the development of their society and forget about trifling matters.Political analysts say the concept of freedom allows an individual to make free choices, hopefully informed by moral values. Liberty, of necessity, implies that individuals hold divergent views about things,situations, their own commitment in society and how that society should best be governed.

Rather than using tribal bonds to create despair in our land, Sierra Leoneans need to involve themselves in dialogue and establish some level of consensus, co-existence, tolerance and mutual cooperation to re-ignite and re-establish sustainable development in the country.

It is wrong to uphold our cultural identities with an inability to demonstrate love. There has to be a concerted effort by all and sundry to adopt new, sustainable and patriotic measures to defend the fundamental rights of all Sierra Leoneans.

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