President Bio renews wedding vows today as economy goes belly up

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 February 2020:

Today president Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone takes his wife – Mrs. Fatima Bio to the altar at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Regent , where they will renew their matrimonial vows which they first took in London in 2013 at a low-key Islamic wedding.

According to ministry of information sources, today’s ‘wedding’ will be a private affair. But critics say it will have all the trappings of public office – the Presidency, which makes the wedding a public matter.

Although a public holiday has not been declared, few in Sierra Leone will have much to talk about today other than what is now dubbed “Sierra Leone’s Royal Wedding”.

Estimates put the cost of the wedding at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But according to ministry of information officials, not a penny of this cost will be met by the taxpayer. But many in Sierra Leone are doubtful.

Some are suggesting that the Bios have used their public offices as President and First Lady to raise most of the cash they will be splashing out today, in a country where over 4 million of its citizens will be going to bed hungry tonight.

Sierra Leone has one of the highest mortality rates in the world, with fewer than 50% of all adults expected to live to see their 50th birthday; almost 20% of pregnant women and children under 5 years old – dying needlessly because of poor healthcare and poverty.

A recent World Bank report warns that Sierra Leone’s economy is facing serious challenges, as the government runs out of cash to pay the salaries of public sector workers; export revenue falling at an alarming rate; prices of basic goods and foods in the markets and shops rising; the value of the Leone falling against global currencies.

Unemployment, especially youth unemployment continues to grow – year on year, as the capacity of businesses to expand and create jobs, are hampered by high interest rates and poor access to investment finance.

Hundreds of university graduates entering the labour market every year, are faced with the hard choice of staying on the path of ‘honest living’ or enter the world of criminality. Many, turn to drugs to dull the pain of daily existence.

Sierra Leone’s economy has been in serious recession for the past five years, especially as a result of the twin shocks of Ebola and global economic downturn in 2014.

The former APC government of president Koroma was voted out of office after two terms in power, as citizens became disenchanted with its inability to manage the economy and the rampant corruption at all levels of government, costing hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

The Koroma government survived on foreign aid and rising government borrowing, raised mainly through the weekly sale of treasury bills, as well as taking cash from commercial banks that should have gone into private sector business expansion.

In 2018, after winning presidential election with a very narrow majority of about a  few thousand votes, and unable to win  parliamentary votes, president Bio vowed not to default to similar pattern of reckless economic behaviour in governance. He began with an economic austerity many applauded, which he said was designed to close leakages in government finances.

Two years on, there are signs of avarice and vanity creeping into the psyche of the Bio-led government, stemming from State House, from where much discipline was promised. There are financial leakages reported by the Auditor General in her latest report across government, as Billions of Leones cannot be accounted for.

Today as president Bio and the First lady renew their wedding vows, most people in the country will be worrying about where their next meal will come from.

The wedding celebrations started in earnest last night with a lavish, mouth-watering all night party, few in Sierra Leone can afford.

Has president Bio got his priorities upside down, as the economy goes belly up?

In three years’ time, president Bio will face the people at a general and presidential election, where he will seek to renew his vows to the people of Sierra Leone. Will he be remembered as the president who took his eyes off the painful economic circumstances people are facing today?

Will he also be remembered as the president who looked inwards for self-gratification and fulfilment, rather than the gratitude and happiness that comes from the people after a job well done as president?

President Bio is not alone in seeking self-gratification in painful times of economic misery. Take a look at his Finance Minister – JJ Saffa throwing cash at his wife’s birthday party, and you will begin to see where this New Direction government is heading (see video below).

This is the Finance Minister who promised to fix the economy and ease the suffering of the people in six months. Today he is one of the wealthiest people in a country classed as one of the poorest in the world.

Wedding bells will be ringing in Freetown today, but few will hear the sounds which will be drowned by crying mothers, who will lose their babies in hospitals lacking vital medicines, trained staff, and suitable medical equipment.

Wedding bells will be ringing in Freetown today, but few will hear the sounds which will be drowned by the hustling and bustling sounds of unemployed youths, elderly and disabled men and women with young children begging in the streets for their next meal.

No one is denying the Bio’s right to renewing their wedding vows if that’s their priority. But when the private life and decisions of the president affect his public life, questions must surely be asked about his sense of judgement, his ability to govern and lead the nation out of the deep economic mess and social divisions that have opened up in the last twelve years.

Highlights of the wedding so far:


  1. Sierra Leone will never fail to surprise the world in the most negative way. What a laugh … for other countries to discover that the current President of Sierra Leone, the land of iron and diamond, was so broke he couldn’t even afford to marry his ‘second’ wife in a church ceremony. He had to settle for a traditional Muslim wedding in the first instance; albeit against his wish. Was it a marriage of convenience intended to legitimize for what the country is witnessing today?

    The maverick Retd Brigadier Dr Julius Maada Bio had a short spell as the country’s military leader, and then drained the state coffers and fled to the United States with his ‘first’ wife. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out for him, and was somehow deported from the greatest democracy in the world. He eventually landed on his feet in London, where he met the love of his life – his second wife.

    For over two decades, the poor guy couldn’t secure a reputable and meaningful job. And it is alleged that while in London, he had to survive on state charge, coupled to his wife’s meagre earnings as a third-rated cameo actress. However, he went back to Sierra Leone and controversially won the 2018 presidential elections. Hmmm. What happened, or what corrupted the thinking facilities of the gullible people of this tiny country?

    Today, the country is in dire straits. All economic indicators (micro and macro) are pointing in the wrong direction. The prices of basic food commodities are skyrocketing, people are going to bed on empty stomachs, and some are hopelessly becoming destitutes and dying. Nonetheless, amid all the suffering of the masses, the President doesn’t give a monkey’s and he is so insensitive about the plight of the people in his quest to renew the marriage vows to his second wife in an extravagant church ceremony.

    To the eyes of many patriotic Sierra Leoneans, they see this President as a waste of space, a fraudster, and hence unfit to lead the country. All he cares about is self-fulfilment and gratification. The critical question is, will he continue to sucker the nation, next time around? Or is it a fait accompli that the people of this beautiful country are dumbfounded when it comes to choosing their leader?

  2. Hahahaha…you’ve got me rolling on the floor with laughter; So you were misled like millions of others huh?You got sold base metal for solid gold didn’t you?(lol)You wanted a Virgin wife but got tricked into marrying a loud,loose woman, instead. (lol) Oranges, are lemons look alike,but they one is very sweet and the other sour; always remember that. (lol) A butchers giant knife,and a barbers tiny blade,are clearly not the same thing.(lol)Now concerning your intention to sue,and take the Honorable Mr Thomas to civil court, I would seriously advise just forget it, because it will be a wasted effort.

    Your single opinion will not stand against hundreds of others that his lawyers can bring as witnesses, citing that they also heeded his advice, have found it fruitful and have not regretted at all. Again,his lawyers can argue that he is an Editor that has the right to express his heartfelt observations, and that he didn’t coerce, bully or trick you into voting for the inadequate SLPP.

    Answer – what will you do then when judgement is given against you? I would advise that you let this one go, and become more vigilant in future endeavours. I feel your pain man; switching sides and voting for bunch of losers is truly a heartbreaking thing. But the damage has already been done; there’s no need crying over spilt milk – stand firm now that you have learned your lessons very well and vote Red…Come 2023,Vote APC. Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  3. Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to personally sue the Editor of the Sierra Leone Telegraph Mr Abdul Rashid Thomas for misleading Sierra Leoneans, including me to make a very poor choice. I have a snap shot of my ballot paper to show that I voted for President Bio even though I was and I am not an SLPP member. I just wanted a change, as Mr. Thomas was advocating. Regrettably, I voted for General Bio, based on what I read everyday on the Telegraph website authored by Mr Thomas or edited by him.

    The last article that convince me was on March 2018 and it was titled: “Rising poverty in Sierra Leone – voters must vote for regime change”. Here is the link:

    Today, I have come to the realization that Mr. Thomas got it wrong just as he is still getting it wrong. In view of his deception, I want to sue him in a civil court. Can readers Please advise me as to which court I should go?

    • David Samura, please confess that you voted for the useless APC in 2018, got disappointed with the outcome of the elections and that you are clandestinely trying to revive the moribund APC from life support. If you are not telling the truth, Mr. Abdul Rashid Thomas has a way of ferreting the truth.

      No one is advising you to cease supporting the decrepit APC with its Chairman for Life who lives in a $10 million mansion in Makeni while the rest of his towns men and towns women wallow in abject poverty. Go ahead but don’t come here to hypocritically promote your dying political party under the guise of a dry humor. APC is forever dead, never to rise from the shallow grave in which it was buried.

  4. Its totally insensitive,foolish and degrading, for a public official,JJ Saffa,our Incompetent Finance Minister,to be recklessly showering cash money on a singer as if he was a cold-hearted Pimp in a strip club,promoting the lust of the eyes,and flesh. Totally repulsive,in bad taste,and outright disgraceful. No doubt, these are the kinds of men who see young women as objects,and cheap commodities that can be bargained for, bought,and sold.

    His attitude in the video speaks volumes;Watch it keenly and you will see a menacing predator without a heart; A hopeless, miserable,incompetent drunkard,already rotten to the innermost core of his being by thefts,and fraudulent activities. These people should not be holding any kind of Public office,at all,because their judgement totally STINKS! Strange is it not;that in these hard times,they are marrying,and still being given in marriage? (lol)

    They are celebrating, overfeeding, drinking, after wickedly stealing truckloads of donated rice belonging to the! starving, hungry, poorest of the poor among us. Do those lame,and mentally I’ll sleeping on the pavements of the cold,evil streets of Freetown tonight know that this President is renewing his marriage vows, flushing away our meagre revenues? How can someone, anyone expect half-witted criminals like these to make sound decisions on behalf of our nation?

    Who still believes that these SLPP dimwits,that stupidly allowed our struggling nation to be dragged to court,instead of on to the tables of dialogue,
    in order to negotiate their way out of this mess they have created,are still on the right track towards progress? They are marrying,and still being given to marriage,celebrating,acting the fool,honoring themselves,while the masses continue to suffer,in hunger.

    Instead of finding pragmatic ways of improving the standards of living for all our people,they are applauding failed efforts,that stemmed directly from the thoughtless indiscretions, of an inept,pathetic government.Good for nothings,countless as sand,with efforts that count as nothing.(lol) Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  5. If that’s the case Mr. David Bangura, let them enjoy their wedding. Happy days. God bless the President and the First Lady.

  6. President Bio is a Catholic. Correct me if I’m wrong. Is it possible in the Catholic church to marry the same woman twice? I don’t get it. President Bio divorced his first wife or vice versa, I don’t know. He married his second wife sometime ago in London. Was the wedding in a mosque or church? My question is this – How did the Catholic church come to the conclusion of accepting the approval and blessing of this second wedding? Can anyone help? God bless/help the Catholic church with their decisions.

    • Sahr Matturi, President Bio’s first marriage to Ms. Frances Bio was a traditional rite. It was not done in the catholic church. The Archbishop of Freetown has verified this. Bio and his first wife divorced a long time ago. The president got married to Mrs. Fatima Bio in a Mosque in London seven years ago.

      Since he had never been married in a catholic church before, there was no impediment for him to marry there today. The man is a devout roman catholic and wanted a catholic wedding in addition to the Muslim wedding that he had with his wife seven years ago. God bless the Bios.

  7. There are many more senior/elderly Citizens in Sierra Leone but they would never go in public/media and call the President of their country a boy. The President of a nation is the Fountain of Honour. It is very pathetic that the level of Moral has gone so low.

  8. Hip hip hip, hurray. Again and say it after me forever. Hip hip hip, hurray. Welcome to the big wedding party in “PAOPA” city. See all the “Cut-Ariah”. Ah tell you! This is the sort of achievements that the Bio Administration has interest in. Just imagine the ungentleman Minister of Finance being so unwise and behaving ungentlemanly with our LEGAL tender. He should pay a fine for such reckless and silly behaviour with our currency.

    As regards to the wedding celebration of the President and the first lady, all I would say is this – What you are doing is your right and is fine, as long as it’s not from the taxpayers pockets. The only problem is that, the celebration will not go down well with the citizens of this country, especially at a time like this, when hardship is felt throughout the country. People are really struggling. Remember that, 2023 is not far away when you shall face the realities of your actions.

    Personally, I don’t think President Bio is serious about reelection. He knows he won’t win. His behavior ever since Sierra Leoneans became aware of his failed reckless policies, he no longer gives a damn. I have since judged the behavior of this President one year in his presidency and became consistent in my push for an APC government in 2023. By the grace of GOD, Sierra Leone is going to have a APC government in 2023, that will improve the lives of all Sierra Leoneans, rule the country as a government and unite everyone.

    As for the first lady, she should be careful of what she says in public. Saying that, she’s the first Muslim first lady, does not make sense and does not call for. It’s just another divisive rhetoric which I will condemn outright. The First Lady Fatima Bio must have an aid to edit or advice her on what she writes or says in public. A Teleprompter can help in my view. My advice to her is this – Please First Lady, be careful of what you say and how you say things in public. What you say has some weight and people might interpret in their own way.

    Our First Ladies in the past have always been very helpful to our country. They were always interested in the development of our country and not politics. People like me are supportive of our First Ladies because of their compassionate attitudes to fellow Sierra Leoneans and their neutrality in politics. Think about that. First Lady. A word for a wise is quite sufficient. God bless our First Lady.

  9. Lol – Ar tell you Adewale. These people are getting out of control and cant seem to be able to help themselves. Enough is enough already.

  10. I’m starting to think that most of this guy’s actions are hinged on fantastical thought processes – ways in which only Nollywood is capable of capturing. Which wouldn’t be a far fetched assumption to conclude with, since his wife was a part of that lowly, uneducated, mind-wasting industry of theirs.

    The posturing images that have gone viral of him and his wife on claimed business trips, which never fail to show him and her wrapped in the finest threads man has ever assembled, had steered me to think that this man is in la la land, embroiled in romanticism. But now that this despicable, absurdity – making a mockery out of a depraved nation has mounted, it has become apparent that I was right all along.

    This man is fancy and has no humility in him. People like him don’t deserve to be in position of power, because they will abuse it as we can see. Nonetheless, none of this really surprises me, because we have seen this type of things play out in front of our faces for far too long. This isn’t any different from the guys driving around Freetown in cars with alarms, making all kinds of noises and unnecessary cluster on roads that are already jammed up.

    Also, I’m not sure if he and his wife have made a bet on who will be fatter faster. She is looking chunky lol! These undisciplined Africans want to rule a whole nation, but are failing to rule their body weight. What a Joke.

    • Mahmoud says: “Also, I’m not sure if he and his wife have made a bet on who will be fatter faster. She is looking chunky lol! These undisciplined Africans want to rule a whole nation, but are failing to rule their body weight. What a Joke.”

      Oh Mahmoud, please dont kill me with laugh!! They are the proverbial African madam and Pa! They are expected to go large to show they are living a good life. Lol. Power and free access to State resources are like honey – so sweet, they cannot take their hands off the honey pot. Lol

      In all seriousness though Mahmoud, I wonder if Mrs Bio is pregnant. Or is it Mr Bio who is carrying the pregnancy. Perhaps Bilal can help us with answers. Lol. What say you Mr Coleman?

  11. Splashing 100x Le10.000-Notes is just equal to the price of petrol to tank two SUVs, which is not too much money. Who knows if he had not instructed that they should collect the money and return it to him. Mohammed Kamarimba Mansaray had splashed 4 or 5 times more Notes per day earlier in 2018. Today you will hear him too critizing the Min. of Finance and the Pres.

    This Wedding really makes no sense and it is not necessary, but it is not extrvagant, compared to some similar Public Weddings, e.g. that of Haja Dankay (Daughter of Former Pres. Koroma).

  12. I can’t for the life of me understand the ire, anger and hullabaloo about the decision of president Maada Bio to renew his wedding vows to his beloved and beautiful wife Mrs. Fatima Jabbi Bio under the roof of his own place of worship, the catholic church where he privately prays to his god and say thanks for all the good things the almighty has done for him and his family? When has celebrating one’s own achievements and being thankful to those who have been by your side through thick and thin become a problem in our country?

    Love Maada Bio or hate him, the man has worked hard by making some real sacrifices in his life. He has been focused, disciplined and achieved concrete things in his life and must be respected for that. Just because he is the president of our country does not mean he should not have a personal life. If he decides to celebrate his achievement with friends and family, he should be able to do so without the rancor and negativity around it. For It is only when a man is emotionally stable and satisfied with himself that he can adequately and effectively perform at his highest ability in a demanding and stressful job like the presidency.

    Congratulations to President Bio and his able and adorable wife for renewal of their wedding vows. The haters should stop the hate and allow the president to live his life like any other Sierra Leonean. After all, he earns a salary and he should be allowed the social space to do what he wants with his hard-earned income.

    Do we expect the president to put his life on hold because of the dismal economic situation in Sierra Leone that is not of his creation and making? The former corrupt APC government created this problem and all the Bio government is trying to do is clear it up. The economy can be compared to a farmer clearing an area to plant his or her crop. The farmer should first brush the area, burn the dry brush, plough the field and then plant the seeds, nurse the seeds until they grow to a full crop, be it rice, corn or cassava. Analogously, the SLPP government is working hard to create an enabling macroeconomic environment by developing policies to lower interest rates, minimize corruption, lower taxes to encourage investments in the economy through Foreign Direct Investments.

    These policies take time to percolate through the economy to inject confidence for take-off. These things take time to mature and materialize. In retrospect, we must produce and sell before we can earn foreign currency to be able to stabilize our foreign exchange problem. So is the situation with interest rate. APC operatives who took loans from the two local commercial banks must pay up before funds are available to lend to the public.

    It is the toxic loans sitting in the books of our commercial banks that is responsible for the huge cost of borrowing in the financial markets. Thus, the whole episode seem to be political to me, as the APC party and apologists are trying to milk propaganda out of the president’s domestic life and use it against him. It’s not going to work because honest and sincere people can see through this manufactured crisis.

    In fact, from an economic perspective, the celebration is good for the economy because the spending of the president and friends’ earnings injects effective demand into the economy with concomitant multiplier effects that will boost economic activity

    Effective Demand is what creates economic activities in any country or economy. The rural mountain area where this wedding is taking place is going to reap a windfall as goods and services will be purchased which is how income is created for those providing the goods and services.

    Sierra Leone is moving on without the APC in power. Just because the APC is not in power does not mean the country is in crisis because some lazy Freetonians are no longer having a free reign with our national wealth through thieving and corruption. J.J. Saffa and Maada Bio have every right to spend their hard-earned income the way they deem it fit without their critics and jealous people crying hell fire!

  13. This article could have made more sense had the author provided tangible proof that the President had used his office “to raise most of the cash they will be splashing out today.” Human beings don’t cease to be human beings when they become president. Wedding vows are celebrated in Sierra Leone every week. Thus, to argue that the president is insensitive because he has decided to receive the holy sacrament of matrimony in the church that he belongs to is unfair.

    President Bio is a staunch Roman Catholic who has been denied Communion in his church because his marriage was never blessed by the Catholic faith. So, does it not make every sense in the world for the President and his wife to receive the holy sacrament of matrimony in the Catholic church so that both would henceforth receive Communion in the catholic church?

    The unfortunate thing about this memorable day in the lives of the president and the first lady is that the entire process has been exploited by the opposition and unwisely lambasted. But the truth is, the process of a church wedding is all about faith and nothing else. Thus, the question that begs an answer is, are public officials not free to exercise their faith in a secular society?

    For goodness sake President Bio and his wife are not poor. They have never been poor and hopefully, in future will never be. The president is employed by the State of Sierra Leone and does receive a salary. Moreover, weddings in Sierra Leone are only expensive for the poor. Those that have a job, including the president, can afford it. I was at a couple of weddings in Freetown in December last year and can estimate that a wedding with a guest list of 300 at a decent reception place in the capital would cost no more than $1300 (One thousand three hundred dollars). Are we now insinuating that the president whose monthly emoluments are in excess of $1300 would stoop so low to steal that money from the public?

    It has been said that Ernest Koroma’s State House was frequently visited by Ariogbos and juju men and that the man himself was on a few occasions seen dancing to Paddle while splashing some of his ill-gotten wealth on other dancers. Conversely, President Bio’s faith is rooted in the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church. And unlike his predecessor, there has never been any evidence of the president going on an extravagant spending spree of public money.

    Yes, the economy is not yet where it is supposed to be. But should that stop us all from going about our normal and usual engagements, exercising our faith included? Should the president be openly weeping everyday because poverty exists in Sierra Leone? Interestingly, contrary to the pessimists of the APC and the NGC, in a recent interview with our own Umaru Fofana, the outgoing IMF First Deputy Managing-Director, David Lipton, uttered the following words: “we see the economy continuing to grow as it has been in the neighborhood of 5%.”

    Folks, we should all chill as good times are just around the corner. The president is doing a good job in stabilizing an economy that was in a free fall due to the depravity and profligacy of men that had no business spending even a day in the corridors of power. Thus, instead of trying very hard to draw a nexus between the president’s humble exercise of his faith and a phantom “belly up” of the economy, we should be praying for President and Mrs. Bio as they walk to the altar to receive the holy sacrament of matrimony. A couple that prays together stays together. And a couple of faith that stays together to work for the people leads their country to economic prosperity.

  14. I just watched the blessed Marriage between President Bio and his beautiful wife First Lady Fatima Bio. May the Almighty continue to bless the Union . “ What God have joined together let no man put asunder .” Happy wife happy and longer life.

  15. Watching this videos I will say am very proud to be part of this civilised nation. This is the type of progress we are looking forward to come to Sierra Leone. So keep on going pa Bio. Sierra Leone loves you. May God bless pa Bio and the land that we love our Sierra Leone. Peace and love. United we stand.

  16. Wait a minute – do I hear people complaining, and whining? Perhaps,you should have payed closer attention to the warning sounds of the trumpet I was playing.(lol) Didn’t I warn you people using loud wailing sirens,to get out of the way of a disaster in the making? Since day one, I have always insisted – Beware of these Freeloaders,and Conmen?Now they have taken their masks off, showing you what I saw veiled,and hidden,a long time ago – a mans true character is like smoke, it cannot be contained; eventually it is bound to break free,spread,and soar for all to see.(lol)

    They are celebrating in hard economic times, wasting dough, popping champagne, renewing marital vows, rubbing it in the faces of poor people who cannot afford a meal a day. I told y’all that this Potbelly President and his Hangman JJ Saffa were up to no good. Now my words have all come to pass, like an evening sunset many hours after a mornings sunrise – You can now all, call me PROPHET! (lol) Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  17. But in 2013 I congratulated and wished the couple God’s blessings and a happy union. What has gone wrong now that they are in a rush to get wed again. This is not a renewing of wedding vows already taken. This is self-gratutious and insensitive act of selfishness. Do these people really care about the poor masses who will be watching this helpless, and believing that those in power only care about their own welfare and happinness. Wow. Mugabe and Grace comes to mind!!

  18. What in heaven’s name is going on!! This is my government in power. As a staunch SLPP, I am appalled at what is going on in my country and in my name today, Friday 21st February 2020. I am ashamed to see this kind of insensitive behaviour by people I trusted to do the right thing. Bo, my friend you wan renew you marade nar so for do am with all the problems this country is going through? I stop here. I am saddened and appalled at such display of callousness.

    My government is struggling at this moment to solve the economic problems of the country, but please let us not stick our fingers in the eyes of the poor people who are watching this wedding as I am right now on TV. Its a disgrace.

  19. It’s now loud and clear that our current president along with his cabal of ministers are in power only to serve themselves and families. There is no mistake about it, only a fool with inadequate mental processing will believe all the rhetoric that these selfish unpatriotic individuals have been spewing. Upon assuming office, these crooks claimed they inherited a bankrupt and worse economy ever in our nation’s history.

    Believing that it’s true what they had claimed, let’s examine what their actions were in the months that follows: 1. The size of government was dramatically increased, making duplicating positions to accommodate party loyalties and sympathizers. 2. The president engaged on a spending spree taking huge entourage as he crisscrossed the globe with the disguise of seeking investors; in Dubai for example, the president’s family were filmed entertaining themselves in luxury yachts while lodging at over $500 a night hotels. 3. After taking office for just over a year, the president disappeared for over a week; we later founded out that he had been crisscrossing between the Safari (Kenya) and London treating his family with the most luxurious vacation.

    Leaving aside the many corrupt practices like the 141 billion Leones unaccounted for in the audit report, the 1.5 million dollars by the chief minister, the over 50,000 missing rice supplied by the chinese, etc, we are again witnessing a full display of self-gratification and personal enrichment with this expensive wedding at the expense of our national coffers. Absolutely no individual with a good sense of judgement can tell me this is all done with the president’s personal money. No way can this be any near from the truth.

    The fact is, our current president was a jobless citizens for almost 20years. After wasting the millions of dollars he corruptly obtained during the NPRC junta regime in Ghana and other places, he basically depended on handouts to survive for a good number of years. There was no established business or firm by the president, so he was basically an unemployed, broke citizen.

    • We are missing the point! Sierra Leone is a religious and political country whose citizens are blind and have strayed from academic prudence. How can they ignore the things taking place in a once academic Athens? Educated individuals critically think, research, and find answers to problems; in our government, we solve problems that don’t exist and leave unsolved issues to continue feathering their nest. What a shame

  20. That picture of the finance minister splashing money while the economy he is overseeing has gone weary says it all. Bio and his team are taking the resolve of the people of Sierra Leone for granted. Their insensitivity will come to hunt them soon.

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