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Commending Julius Maada Bio
By Editorial Team
Jul 16, 2014, 17:14
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This newspaper has its views on the ambition of Julius Maada Bio to become next President of Sierra Leone. We think such an ambition is retrogressive but one thing we cannot dispute is alacrity which with he reacted to Ebola outbreak. He will be kindly remembered for that. Within few days of realisation an Ebola outbreak was indeed killing scores of his compatriots, Bio issued a solidarity message from his current base in London and asked all to work with government. For posterity, we are publishing in this edition, Bios message of June 2nd 2014 which deserves nothing but commendation. Give the devil his due; Bio got this one right. We only wish he could also now fly in to the country and join in convincing compatriots that indeed, Ebola is real.


It was a shock yesterday to see a certain Kailahun MP break down in tears and weep in public over the rate at which Ebola was killing people in his constituency. Clearly, sensitisation messages that wouldve prevented Ebola from spreading in Kailahun, havent worked well.

 

Julius Maada Bio is a hero in many places in this country especially in that particular MPs Constituency.


We believe Bios presence in those places, telling them that Ebola is real and not a government-contrived means of influencing 2014 Census, will be beneficial. Over to Julius Maada Bio. Come home. You are needed.


Here is Bios June 2nd Statement


Over the past weeks, I have been following developments back home in Sierra Leone with keen interest, and I am deeply saddened by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, which has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health.

 

It is particularly worrying as the disease knows no boundaries and has no known cure.

 

This poses a major challenge to our fragile and limited health infrastructure, and therefore requires all hands on deck.

 

In view of the seriousness of the situation and the great threat it poses to the lives and well-being of our citizenry, I hereby call on all Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad from all works of life, to join the governments campaign against the deadly Ebola virus.

 

I am confident that with national solidarity, we shall defeat the Ebola virus the same way we ended the war, but this time with minimal damage and in record time.

 

I am also calling on our development partners to come swiftly to our aid in dealing with this fatal outbreak. This challenge is beyond the technical and financial capacity of our fragile health services and requires a united and concerted effort.

 

To the people of Sierra Leone, my heart is with you in these most trying and turbulent times.

 

I can imagine and feel the huge impact of the grinding and horrendous poverty that have been the heavy toll of the rising cost of living; how much more this pandemic that knows no bounds and respects no one.

 

We must therefore continue to redouble our efforts to work hard and pray that this contagion is completely eradicated.

 

I wish to express my sincere condolences to those families in Kailahun district and other places that have lost loved ones, and pray that God grant them strength and courage in coping with their sad loss.


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