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Julius Maada Bio is Legitimate Sierra Leone Brigadier Ė NONSENSE!
By Awareness Times Editorial team
Aug 22, 2011, 20:20
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We read the attempt by the editorial team of New People newspaper to justify the illegality of the promotion of Julius Maada Bio from a so-called Captain to a ĎBrigadierí. At first glance, one might think they were trying to deceive the world. However a closer look reveals their problem to be a lack of understanding of simple English.

 

New People is trying to tell us that what the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) said is that the Head of State can even pick up a Corporal or Sergeant or Lieutenant and turn him into a Brigadier if the Head of State feels like so doing. No way New People! That will only be in the land of the crazies and neurotics! Please go and read the Letter from the CDS. The CDS did NOT say that the Head of State can elevate Ďany officerí.

 

Allow us to interpret the English language that the CDS wrote. What the CDS wrote is thus:- when an officer has gone through the ranks to finally attain the position of Colonel, it is at this point, now left with the discretion of the Head of State as to whether he wishes to promote him beyond that point to Brigadier and/or Major-General.

 

In other words, what the CDS is saying is that all positions up to Colonel have to go through a pre-determined fixed period of time in which military exams are sat to (Junior Staff college, Senior Staff college, etc. etc.), Field and Administrative military assignments are given; during which leadership aptitude is evaluated before one is promoted to the next rank.

 

If the Head of State can, willy-nilly overnight, just pick up a junior officer and turn him into a Brigadier then the Armyís enviable command structure will be destroyed. There are Ďdouble-promotionsí in school days but no Ďdouble-promotionsí in the Army let alone triple-promotions and quadruple-promotions or quintuple-promotions (i.e: Captain to Brigadier)!

 

Bottom-line, the simple English that Major-General Robert Yira Koroma wrote informed us that Valentine Strasser as Head of State, simply did not have the authority to promote anyone below the rank of Colonel to a position of ĎBrigadierí. Strasserís discretion could only have been exercised for officers who had first legitimately attained Colonel rank.

 

What the CDS has educated us civilians on is that all Officers have to go through the prescribed minimum time periods of training and maturity before they can be elevated to the next rank. It is only those who have been trained to the rank of Colonel who can enjoy the prerogative of the Head of Stateís discretion to make them into Brigadiers and Major-Generals.

 

Not even a Lieutenant-Colonel can be promoted a Brigadier by the Head of State let alone a Captain or Lieutenant as Julius Maada Bio was on April 1st 1995. Therefore, as the CDS has educated us all, even if we wish to be generous to him, Retired Lieutenant Julius Maada Bio can be nothing more than a retired Captain.

 

We hope this matter now lies permanently rested. Unless, people want us to start looking at the psychological make-up of a man who badly craves to be addressed with ill-deserved titles and fitted in borrowed robes in the manner of that infamous Ugandan neurotic who wanted to be described as ĎField Marshalí Idi Amin Dada.

 

In which case of insistence on a non-existent ĎBrigadierí title to address Julius Maada Bio, a presidential hopeful, the next question will be whether Sierra Leone is ready for another round of neurotic leadership that sees drugged-up ĎBrigadiersí and the likes, slicing off the body parts of innocent citizens, including a woman, before pouring acid on them and burying them in mass graves! Recall how the neurotic ĎField Marshallí Idi Amin Dada used to slice off body parts of his victims...


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