May God Almighty forgive the chief minister – Op-ed

Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 November 2019:

Professor David J. Francis – the Chief Minister of the Republic of Sierra Leone, has spoken on the universally recognised Human Rights to privacy and good reputation.

He was specifically referencing his rights to protection of any data concerning his banking details, when a press release from his Office stated that the Chief Minister “wishes the public to know that he has instructed the bank to waive his data protection rights should the bank wishes to make any official statement on the allegation”.

This means Chief Minister knows banking details are private and can only be publicised if one waives one’s right to data protection.

Francis also said he “has built his reputation over several decades through hardwork, integrity, humility, transparency and high moral values”.

He said he decided to serve as Chief Minister “because of his love for country and passionate commitment to transform Sierra Leone…”

This writer empathises with ostensibly palpable pains that Chief Minister purports to feel. In that vein, I want to draw the attention of the Chief Minister to his July 2018 Governance Transition Team Report, as well as to some recent happenings at the Commissions of Inquiry – where other citizens, just like him, had to suffer the indignity of being labelled most egregiously.

Some had their private banking details publicly read, cheaply without any judicial merit – when they never waived their data protection rights.

I want Chief Minister to know that the exact same way he is feeling today is how many of us are also feeling, over the actions of an unfortunate set of events that they steam-rolled against us – just because we had chosen to serve, out of the same good motives as he now proclaims for himself.

May God Almighty forgive the Chief Minister for the pains his actions have caused so many patriots. Amen.

About the author

Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden OOR (Former Cabinet Minister in Former APC-led Government).


  1. A hell of a thing fear can be,(lol)All the stratagems and tactics, the SLPP has used against me on this forum, because they just cannot cope has failed miserably and will continue to fail.(lol) An excruciatingly painful, hell of a thing fear is indeed! Rest assured my sincere, candid, attacks, crafted with laser-focused precision will intensify and not go away anytime soon.

    I’m just getting warmed up gentlemen!(lol) Hey, fearless young cubs, come and go, but Saidu is different, rare because he was born and bred in the dens of the most ferocious and merciless lions of the APC. Gigantic creatures that never retreat, surrender or back down. So you see, unlike you caterpillar, the blood that runs through my veins is red, not slimy, yucky, greenish hemocylom. (lol) Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  2. Here we go – agents of the Criminal SLPP government, now insisting on knowing the confidential sources from which she got her credible information.(lmao) You can’t cover this one up or sweep it under a rug, no matter how hard you try. This is what happens to pretenders, to self-righteous, self conceited people. All their promotions in Life will end in humiliation and complete disgrace. What you had whispered quietly and privately with your corrupt Cabal,has now been made public (lol) A damn shame! These incompetent people do not know that – WALLS HAVE EARS! Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  3. “Chief Minister says his sister gave him this money in installments that’s now amounted to $1.5 million. In that case, the sister should be investigated to make sure she is not laundering money. Where did she get that kind of money from? She MUST give account.”-Patricia

    Patricia – When and where did the chief Minister say that his sister gave him $1.5M? This is new and I would appreciate you to direct us to your source or reference. Or is it the adage “when you tell lies repeatedly it might hoodwink the weak minds that it is true?”

    The last time I checked, the Police and ACC reported that their findings indicate that Chief Minister does not operate an account with ECO Bank and that he has only a Credit card with them which he has not used or remitted with funds. I have an Apple Silver card even though Apple is not a banking institution. But it is supported by Visa and so I can use it anywhere where Visa cards are accepted as long as I remitted money into it?

    To Madam Blyden, the analogy you are drawing from the Government Transition Report which the Chief Minister co-authored and the journalist SMSing questions to the chief Minister at night demanding a true or false answer, or else he was going to Press does not correlate.

    The government Transition Report is a report on an audit of outgoing holders of public offices by the Transition Team. Because it is an audit report, it was recommended for a legal inquiry to be instituted to either corroborate or dismiss the audit findings. This culminated to the setting up of the COI.

    With the journalist, he said that he had information. However, he was not willing to share his information with the bodies constitutionally tasked with investigating such matters contained in his information. He did not find any witness, no effort to get a corroboration from the bank or a third party, rather he confronted the suspect directly with some “yes or no” multiple like question in an SMS – and you want to call that investigative Journalism?

    If the target who in this case is the Chief Minister alleges that this is not the first time that this journalist has tried this colophon like behavior. The Chief Ministers saw the situation as blackmail and he reported to the authorities charged with investigating blackmail. The Police are trained to carry out their job professionally. What they did is no business of the Chief Minister as long as his complaint has been investigated. And I hope an example would be set in this, as this is not how investigative journalism is conducted.

    So where is correlation in the two incidents? Fact Findings and blackmail is not the same madam.

  4. “Chief Minister says his sister gave him this money in installments that’s now amounted to $1.5 million.
    Patricia, where did you get this information from? Is it from your fake Facebook or WhatsApp page or forum? Because nothing of that is mentioned in either this credible newspaper, Radio Democracy or AYVTV. Can you please verify or substantiate that statement. Thanks.

  5. There you go – that mean-spirited, wicked, resentful attitude of SLPP supporters in full display. The Former minister said; “May God Almighty Forgive the Chief Minister,” Now that sounds like a brief,kindhearted,thoughtful, reflective prayer,doesn’t it? And then a Caterpillar dressed in green comes along and says the silliest thing ever spoken by any human being; “But until you ask for forgiveness from the people of Sierra Leone,for betraying their trust,the Almighty will not forgive you “(lmao)

    Sounds like the spokesman for the SLPP doesn’t know the difference between his knees and his elbows. Listen,Its not up to a Caterpillar to decide who the Almighty should,or should not forgive. In the bestowal of spiritual gifts,mercies,and consolations,there is no favouritism, discrimination,tribalisms,or marginalisation – everyone qualifies for Almighty God’s eternal mercy,and forgiveness;listen again; ” In him we have redemption,through his blood,the forgiveness of our trespasses,according to the riches of his grace.(Ephesians 1: 7)

    According to this verse,it was Christ Jesus who died for mankind,so that everyone can be forgiven by Almighty God for their mistakes,and sins. And remember,Christ has the final say,on all things Mercy,and forgiveness comes from him,not from a leaf chewing,plant gnawing,delusional Caterpillar dressed in green(lol) Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

    • Saidu Conteh, to be honest I am most of the time lost in your post. I am lost not because of sophistication but because of the rambling and incoherence that have nothing to do with the topic under discussion. Can you try to stick to the point and topic so that the thread can remain meaningful?

      I know the first person who made that name Saidu popular was incoherent and always rambling his words until he was driven out of that important office. But this is an interesting forum created by our good-hearted brother ART for all of us to contribute, learn and share ideas. Rambling should be the last thing expected here.

  6. Fighting corruption in Sierra Leone especially in the mining sector. What a shame. Dont blame chief minister; blame Sierra Leone. We are the children of the proud kono district; most of us don’t even know what is a diamond. Pa siaka sell our land to the NDMC; after to the lebanese business men. So stop the stupidity and hypocrisy. May God bless sierra leone.

  7. Indeed,Almighty God will continue to show his mercies, of that I am quite sure,because,with the Master of creation,who sits unchallenged on his tremendous throne “the quality of mercy is not strained,but droppeth like the gentle rain from heaven,upon the place beneath” (William Shakespeare). That place beneath he was referring to centuries ago, perfectly fits our corrupt,tribalistic Sierra Leone today.Since this criminal SLPP government came to power,disguised as priests and religious monks,all they have done is harass,bully,and intimidate the opposition APC. True.

    Instead of celebrating with smiles,handshakes, laughter,and joy for a smooth transfer of power,that they received at the hands of the APC,they came belligerently like guerrilla fighters,frothing at their mouths with guns drawn,ready for war.The Chief Minister,followed by Bio’s handpicked stooge Kaifala, are the ones leading the mindless assault against the APC; And heaven knows these two good for nothings are gravely in need of copious,ceaseless showers in divine mercy.

    So many families have been torn apart,ruined,shattered to unfixable pieces like broken glass,by Sierra Leone’s power hungry, questionable, tribalistic Chief Minister. Didn’t the Professor know that karma is the most merciless,and ruthless of all hunters? That it is unrelenting, and tireless in its pursuit of Justice, like a lioness,whose young cub,has been brutally killed by the hands of poachers? Well,now you know – knock, knock! Whose there? Karma! Karma who? Karma that y’all know is a…..(lol) Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  8. The last time I checked, the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, gender and children affairs exposed her boss the then Minister Dr. Sylva Blyden of massive corruption and abuse of office. The only thing Chief Minister has done is to give you an opportunity to defend yourself. But until you ask for forgiveness from the people of Sierra Leone for betraying their trust, the Almighty will not forgive you.

  9. oh, sorry for me the whole affair is very mysterious. When will the truth come to light? But again the action against this journalist is no glory for a country with a democratic claim.

  10. According to Professor Francis, ‘he has built his reputation over several decades through hardwork, integrity, humility, transparency and high moral values”. Well if you say so Sir. But I heard differently; anyway that’s another story for another day.

    Chief Minister says his sister gave him this money in installments that’s now amounted to $1.5 million. In that case, the sister should be investigated to make sure she is not laundering money. Where did she get that kind of money from? She MUST give account.

    Also if Chief Minister cares so much about his intergrity and his beloved country, when his ‘sister’ contacts him and says she wants to send him this amount of money, he should have refused point blank, because it looks very very suspicious. If she sent it to his bank account in the UK, the UK government will investigate and probe her to trace how she came about such a huge sum of money. And they will not stop until the truth is found and they are satisfied.

    Anyway I do not believe this sister story. I say this because there was a video done of Professor Francis, making a speech sometime this year. He said if you have a $100 million contract to do roads, make sure you do the road, and if you keep $1 million for yourself, ‘no to bad tin’. That is terrible. In fact it is theft. If something does not belong to you, you have no right to take it.

    Let us see what will become of the investigation in SL.

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