Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 February 2017
Fellow Sierra Leoneans, Sisters and Brothers in the great SLPP:
The quest to make our beloved Sierra Leone a happy progressive nation is one that deserves all of our energies and every pull of our efforts.
This is a sacred journey that we should all walk together, as a people, if we intend to arrive in the right place.
The unfortunate challenges that threatened to divert the focus of our party and diminish the prospects of electoral victory are now receding very fast.
Thanks to everyone who continues to put so much energy into the peace effort, working from the inside, pushing from the outside, and praying on the sidelines to bring about this positive change in the direction of our democracy. (Photo: Maada Bio – left and Alie Kabba – right).
Of course, a lot of challenges still remain even as we try to forge ahead with the current efforts to achieve functional peace in the party. These challenges are not unexpected, but they are also not insurmountable.
All of us in the SLPP must redouble our efforts to ensure that everyone continues to hold on to peace and embrace unity, which are indispensable conditions for achieving victory.
The realistic challenges that we still face as a party should never be used as reasons to undermine the collective move towards the greater goal.
The fact is that the terms of peace can be amicably negotiated and its implementation satisfactorily perfected, but peace must never be sacrificed on the altar of pessimism, narrow interests, and fear of stepping outside our comfort zones.
Ultimately, a true leader is one who is selflessly prepared to sacrifice everything for the good of the many rather than someone who sacrifices the many for the good of the self.
I want to take this opportunity to call upon all members of our party (especially the grassroots) to hold every single one of us aspiring for (or in position of) leadership accountable for anything and everything that happens in our delicate quest for peace.
This is because when those with the privilege of leadership swerve and skid, it is the ordinary members who suffer the ugly consequences of the crash. In other words, the grass suffers the most when elephants clash.
The drivers need to be told that the passengers are not prepared for the Peace Train to slip down the hill after climbing so far to escape a sludge that offers no hope for the long-suffering masses.
There is only one way to victory – the path of peace.
Brothers and sisters and all, the wheels are turning and we are heading in the right direction. Let’s keep moving forward, together, in pursuit of peace in our party. There is no stopping us! There’s no looking back! There’s no holding back; and there’s no turning back to the frustrating era of division and acrimony.
Millions of voters are yearning to reward us with victory if we stay the course of peace, promulgate the merits of our policies for the country, and reject the politics of petty divisions.
One Country, One People!
Everyone in, No one out!
Everyone up, No one down!
Your Humble Servant,