I have been noted to write hot criticisms of His Excellency the President although he is my APC party Leader so I will never expect other journalists not to criticize him as well. However, criticisms must be based on facts and evidence brought forward to justify the criticism.
Mr. Sorie Fofana of Global Times newspaper is unfairly criticizing and demeaning President Koroma over the issue of appointed Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Childrenís Affairs Neneh Rugiatu Turay.
Sorie is wrong; very wrong! Infact, only a very patient President can allow a functionally literate deputy minister to publicly go up against the Presidentís own laid down policies on how the State should be protecting girls from female genital mutilation.
Imagine a deputy minister collecting over one hundred million leones without authority, to organize a workshop that runs totally contrary to President Koromaís policies and done without knowledge of her supervising minister? When she is caught in her shady act, she demeans herself even further by LYING that she did it when her boss travelled out the country. For that woman to still remain as deputy minister is shocking so I donít even understand what Sorie means by what he wrote.
To my mind, it is Patience that keeps the President from giving Neneh Rugiatu Turay the big boot. She should be sacked for dishonesty. A deputy minister position requires integrity and honesty. Neneh Rugiatu Turay lacks them both.
Just imagine a deputy minister pushing Religion to go against Culture with no regard for the explosive mix she could be creating in a fragile country?
Seriously speaking, it is only the likes of a cool and calm leader like Ernest Bai Koroma who can swallow all the foolishness that Madam Neneh Turay has been up to since her appointment.
Similarly, only a very patient person like Hon. Minister Dr. Sylvia Blyden can walk away from the intense provocative actions of her assigned deputy Madam Neneh Turay who makes it a habit to be associated with those challenging her boss and even going to extent of demeaning her immediate boss using social and print media agents like REAL NEWS, FUTURE NEWSPAPER, RANGER, AMIN KEF, SIRAJIN, APC SHERIFF, etc. etc. So many attacks orchestrated by deputy minister Neneh against her boss whom, to her credit, has never publicly chastised her deputy minister.
Blyden has never attacked Turay but Turay is always attacking Blyden. Even to extent of making her boss into a topic for discussion at Lunsar Court Barray based on false allegations.
Can anyone compare Awareness Times factual and professional coverage to the anti-policy nonsense that Neneh Rugiatu has been doing on social media? Recent Hajj saw her at work again - social media saying Hon. Blyden made Nenehís people not to go on Hajj. Just wickedness.
Instead of Sorie Fofana using warped thinking to condemn the President, he should rethink his stance and instead commend the President for tolerating the extreme foolishness of Neneh Rugiatu Turay for this long. As for Hon. Dr. Sylvia Blyden, only God can reward her for her sincere service for the common good.
Give the President a break Sorie!
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