Mr. President, never in my past did I feel so comfortable that I am a Sierra Leonean. This is because as Father of the Nation, you bring the best out of Sierra Leoneans. Because you care, we are taking pride in regaining our lost identity. Your love for Sierra Leoneans of every tribe is affectionate. Every tribe would love to hear you say you are part of them.
You have raised our national consciousness to a level of euphoria. Even though you’re a son of a Temne man, every tribe now believes they have a say in development of our land. You have allowed us the freedom to think positively and be optimistic about our collective destiny.
But here is my dilemma Mr. President - the Kroo Tribe feel left behind since you asked the Mendes and Lokos to consider you as one of them “for Today”. While those who are divisive took your statement (as father of the nation) out of context, there are now many requests from various tribes maintaining you are a member of their tribe.
It may surprise you to find out that even Lebanese Sierra Leoneans wouldn’t mind for you to become one of them “for today”. Fullahs are trying to woo you. Mandingoes believe your smile is an indication you share their bloodline.
Some Mendes say your middle name is Kailondo of Kailahun but others in Panguma say you are from Panguma. Korankos and Yalunkas want to persuade you. Konos are sure that you have their GEM so you are one of them. Okus, will stage an uprising if they can’t have you, and Sherbros are watching and waiting to see if you will deny them.
Mr. President, you are Father of the Nation therefore every tribe in Sierra Leone needs you and would love to have you. Therefore, I crave your indulgence for one thing - as you carry all the Sierra Leone tribes on your shoulders towards the Agenda for Prosperity, please don’t leave the Kroo tribe behind. As a matter of fact, don’t leave any tribe behind because we all need warmth and touch of your fatherly love. God bless you our Father of the Nation.
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