Our late President , Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah who peacefully departed time for eternity in dignity 4 days ago on the 13th March this year was sent by God Almighty with specific assignments to Sierra Leone in particular and the rest of the world in general.
|LATE PRESIDENT KABBAH
I am convinced considering the circumstances of his birth (Tejan Kabbah was born with a clasped left hand containing what was thought to be a piece of paper with an Arabic inscription. That may have been the prophesy of his destiny)- this indicates what others may describe as the signature of the gods or nature’s way of arranging the destiny of a man. Late President Kabbah developed his leadership capacity through various forms (He was a very good negotiator from the onset and was greatly admired by the late Sir Milton Margai- Sierra Leone’s first Prime Minister. This was when he solved a political unrest in Samu Chiefdom where he also survived an assassination attempt. He was protected since that time; that is why two attempts to overthrow and assassinate him backfired during his presidency. My friends normally say that coming events cast their shadows before them. Tejan Kabbah had been an anointed man since his birth). He came in contact with many fine and inspirational characters as he marched towards his path of leadership which was God’s special assignment for him.
PA Kabbah was refined. It is often said that leaders are made not born but I believe leaders are born and great leaders are made. The late leader had a lot of charisma, a radiating personality with captivating potentials which singled him out for the office. He had an exceptional diction and of course his soft spoken nature always illuminated any audience and drew the attention of the most unruly ones. I remember when people within his party became so furious over any issue and seemed not to find a solution; his aura as he walked into the room and his first few words would calm every nerve and cool the hot blood of the very angry ones. At the end of such meetings people whisper to themselves about how their hearts cooled off when he spoke to them. “Could this be magic or was it just his personal charm”, people speculated. These were some of the ways the late leader touched the hearts of many people. He was humble and could not easily utter hurting words to people. That is why he is so fondly remembered for his comments on the attitude of Sierra Leoneans when he said, “mi pipul dem una escus mi fo bad wod; Salone man tu get baad hat”. The words he used were not swear -words but words that were merely used to make Sierra Leoneans understand the need to change their attitude.
Tejan Kabbah was fluent in many of our local dialets and spoke French very well. His legal and administrative acumen including his seasoned diplomatic panache came in as handy ingredients to his leadership style and character texture.
Kabbah was a well trained and well groomed gentleman who was guided by good moral principles, good parental upbringing, a great Islamic heritage and showed exceptional academic and intellectual superiority. These ingredients were more than enough to make him a worthy presidential candidate for the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in 1996. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was destined to unlock the doors of political authority for the SLPP. He came as a messiah who took away the shame and political bareness of the SLPP; like a knight in shining armour he led his party to two electoral victories.
The SLPP was lucky to have him as their leader; because in 1996, no member of the SLPP then could match Tejan Kabbah at any level whether it was cash, status, experience, international influence, regional balance, religious support and vision. To be continued next edition.
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