Ebola – our opportunity to face our realities squarely and collectively

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 December 2014

palo conteh and president koromaBenjamin Franklin s’ famous “Two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner”, aptly describes the realities of our convulsing, blood-soaked Sierra Leone today.

Between Ebola and razzmatazz governance, stand the distressed masses.

With our leaders obviously otiose, we cannot take it for granted anymore that the future prosperity of our nation is guaranteed. However, remembering our socio-political past can bring the much-needed honesty.

But just as we – our leaders in particular, can take inspiration from the high points of our history, so also should we be humble enough to take perspective from the low-points, including the events of the immediate few years.

Sierra Leone is where it is today, simply because for so long, we’ve always had a problem with political conversations that we believe can’t, or should not have for the sake of the sensibilities of particular individuals or ethnic groups, while the allure of sentiments over substance was gradually being raised to an art, in our see-no-evil-speak-no-evil studio.

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