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Sierra Leone Opposition Lawyer Given 7 Days Ultimatum for Inciting Hate Speech
By AWARENESS TIMES
Jun 29, 2012, 17:17
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The lawyer who was hired by the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) to help them in law, has been issued a seven days ultimatum by the Publisher of Awareness Times newspaper over his comments aimed at inciting the Mendes in Sierra Leone. Lawyer Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai has been lectured on what decent people do when they receive the privilege of gaining an education in a country where the level of illiteracy is very high.

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai had tried to stir up undue resentments within the Mende tribe against the Publisher with his very false claim that Awareness Times had published articles in which it was stated that because Abdulai is a Mende that is why he delayed to condemn Julius Maada Bios numerous hate speeches because Bio is also a Mende. Abdulai also lied that Awareness Times said it is the Mendes who brought war to Sierra Leone. Everything he said about Awareness Times was a lie.

Publisher Sylvia Blyden directly told the Nation yesterday on National TV that Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai was one of those people who use their education to incite problems in a country of many illiterates. She said since unlettered people did not read Awareness Times, when Abdulai uttered those comments which are aired over TV and radio to the hearing of innocent Mendes, they will develop resentment against her for no good reason.

She therefore gave him seven days within which to retract his lies about Mendes or she will institute legal action in a court of law against him.

Dr. Sylvia Blyden said Lawyer Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, though an officer of the courts, was a disgrace to the legal profession, an embarrassment to the Sierra Leone Bar Association and most of all, he was a disgrace to his education which he was misusing in order to stir up tribal hate in the country.

Later, Blyden reiterated her stance published yesterday that Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai was stupid in his thinking. She had earlier called on listeners to get a dictionary and find out definitions of stupid and they will see one such perfectly suits Abdulai.

It is time someone stood up and called the bluff of some of these tribalists. They do not represent the decent and wonderful majority of the Mende people nor do they seek the welfare of the Mendes. They are acting for their own selfish interests Sylvia Olayinka Blyden said adding They use tribal issues all the time just to get votes for political power. Now, they spread lies and false rumours about how people hate the Mendes; all because they want to win elections with a block Mende vote.


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