Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 September 2015
Disgracefully, Ernest Koroma’s first and worst mistake in delivering that speech at the UN, was to spend time praising other world leaders, whilst ignoring the efforts of his people fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone.
He failed to start his speech with the Ebola crisis that has killed thousands in Sierra Leone. And he went through several paragraphs before mentioning Ebola – albeit vaguely.
He failed to pay tribute to our fallen heroes and heroines – courageous citizens, including medical personal who lost their lives fighting Ebola.
The Ebola crisis should have been the very first words to come from his mouth: ” I am affected by Ebola”. Shamefully, Ernest Koroma’s speech was all about rhetoric and propaganda about his cosmetic achievements.
He ignored Sierra Leone, and mainly spoke about issues affecting other countries. Other leaders use the United Nations’ podium to speak about the issues affecting their nations, but Ernest Koroma was there talking about irrelevant issues.
The rest of the speech was a shopping list of issues that are of little relevance to the people of Sierra Leone. There were no quotable quotes, nothing to take from the speech, no central idea to think over, nothing to grapple with.
It quickly became boring watching a president, ravelled and nervous to speak. Speeches are not just shopping list of demands, there must be a key message, an ideology that the public can take away.
However, there was to his credit, some lines on Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs), somehow connected especially that Sierra Leone failed in many ways to achieve the Millennium Development Goals ( MDGs).
But again, Ernest Koroma was not effective in delivering the core issues and important areas were left out.
As far as I humbly know, the UNGA attended by world leaders, is supposed to focus essentially on the state or condition of the nation and thus enable the president to outline his agenda and priorities for the country.
But Ernest Koroma’s speech was the most boring and the most useless. There was no thematic content, no idea unifying what he was saying, no quality in delivery, no attempt to speak to the world outside the United Nations hall, no plan for the future and no sign he is prepared to learn from his mistakes and take some serious lessons from Barrack Obama’s excellent speech, undressing dictatorship and the famous supreme executive authority.
The failure to communicate challenges facing Sierra Leoneans wasn’t just a technical or presentational fault – it was a failure of ambition to bring change to Sierra Leone.
He spoke about equality between large and small countries in the UN , but he fell short of walking that talk and demonstrate that leaders from small countries too can and must make a change.
The UN address may allow the president to highlight his propaganda achievements, but definitely not to ignore the burning issues affecting poor Sierra Leoneans.
Ernest Koroma was more interested in speaking about and advocating for other countries, while Sierra Leone continues to languish in the bottom of the international development index, amid rampant corruption and injustice.
It was all about ego and making himself look good in the international community, at the expense of Sierra Leone.
The United Nations is not a place for cheap politics. Neither is it intended for the delivery of campaign speeches to satisfy the selfish interests of praise singers dancing in “red APC debul” outfits who have travelled as part of the 50 wasteful holidaymakers – tagged UN delegates backed by a few jobless and homeless APC fanatics in America.
They are reportedly paid and booked in luxurious hotels to enable them participate in the pro-APC rally. This is downright ironic, because Ernest Koroma is not in America to satisfy the selfish interests of misguided APC fanatics.
Ernest Koroma’s address to the United Nations, as well as his speeches in Sierra Leone, were based purely on his illusionary accomplishments, while his misguided bigots are tirelessly fighting and insulting concerned citizens who they foolishly tagged “The Opposition”.