Those 419ers Don't Give Up at All01.24.2010
FREETOWN: DR SAMA BANYA:
Criminal characters like the 419yers never seem to give up on their criminal adventures. Over the past weekend, there was another attempt to break into my Password, but they were out of luck. They however succeeded in opening the code of a colleague of mine of the Freetown Dinner Club, but after much difficulty, I finally accessed my Password and went forth to alert my colleague.
It is such good news; I refer to the recent arrival of a new group of medical and education volunteers from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to supplement and in some cases, fill the gap in our education and health sectors. As has been widely reported it is not the first time that Big Brother Nigeria has answered the call of a smaller and poorer country for assistance. I heard in the news that the scheme was inaugurated some twenty two years ago. I would have thought that it was much earlier because my hospital in Kenema, the Nongowa Clinic and the Emma Thompson Nursing Home was beneficiary of an earlier programme. I received a young Medical doctor and his charming wife who was also a qualified state registered nurse. Those two quickly settled within the local community and the wife soon assumed a Mende name. The couple was also blessed with a son whose first name was Sama. We stayed in touch for a long time until the Sobels from Murray Town Barracks ransacked my house and on the second occasion set everything on fire. I lost contact with them after that. Mercifully the fire did not engulf the concrete structure. The Nigerians were here again and how fortunate then to take on Foday Sankoh and the Krahn murderers of Charles Taylor’s NPFL fighters from Liberia.
While the UN Security Council was having consultations on sanctions and sending Peace Keepers, the Nigerians were already making sacrifices with their lives and material resources. And do you know, Sir Jeremy Greenstock the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations once queried the military action of the Nigerian troops asking who gave them the mandate to attack?
It is a great pity when a newspaper that had hitherto been vibrant and a leader in objectivity gradually appears to lose focus and descend into distortions, farce, tribalism and hero worship. That sadly is what appears to be happening to the “for di people” newspaper and its editor in chief. Paul, why don’t you and I get together over soft drinks so that you and your newspaper may benefit from this eighty something year old man?