Tribal hate & unwarranted incitement which local journalist David Tam Baryoh has been preaching on widely listened radio programmes got to be so terrible on November 1st 2014, that for peace, unity & stability of nation, President Ernest Bai Koroma was forced to use his rarely-utilised powers under the State of Emergency, to have Tam Baryoh arrested and kept away from perpetuating such mischief. To be candid and brutally honest, anything less than this now-acclaimed action of the President in ordering the detention of Tam Baryoh, would have seen the President face serious allegations that he was failing on his constitutional duties of maintaining the peace, stability and unity that was needed by Sierra Leoneans; especially at this pivotal time of our national fight against the dreadful EBOLA virus.
Indeed, the detention period of 11 days served as a time of reflection for Tam Baryoh whom, upon his release, has been now using radio airwaves to issue apologies as well as clarify that he was never physically assaulted during his arrest and detention; as had been reported by some unscrupulous persons in and out of the country. On Saturday 15th November 2014, Tam Baryoh described himself as a reformed man who was no longer available to be what he described as an “Agent of Satan”. Instead, he described himself now as an “Agent of God and the angels”.
Again, on Saturday 22nd November, Tam Baryoh did unreserved apologies to the entire country and to President Koroma. The audio clips with voice of Tam Baryoh begging Sierra Leoneans to forgive his wicked acts have been uploaded to the Internet and can be listened on www.soundcloud.com or by visiting Dr. Sylvia Blyden’s popular Facebook wall.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Full text of the apology is on Page 7 today. There has been no reaction from government but a news release said President Koroma has “called on the people of Kono to focus on development and avoid preaching division, hatred and tribalism in the country”. The President reportedly was speaking whilst turning on electricity supply for Kono after a period of over 20 years in darkness.
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