Yesterday, Mr. Charles Francis Margai made a lot of revelations and claims that are enough to make any right thinking Sierra Leonean sit up straight and think hard.`
While we listened to him as he addressed us at a press conference at his party’s 13 Prince Street headquarters in Freetown, some of us saw the reason why the man is not so liked by especially most of his fellow politicians.
The man’s frankness and fearlessness is very disconcerting. His down- to-earth manner of engaging in debates is very suave and incisive. He seems to understand so much of the workings of the different spheres of professions that he easily comes across as a bully.
Alas, he is not a bully! Perhaps he can qualify as the most misunderstood politician this country has had in a very long time. Perhaps this could be put down to his apparent superior grasp of the issues and his eloquence in presenting his arguments.
When one listens to him you would think you were being lectured. And when one sees how he fights to come across you realize the pain he must be going through because he continues to be misunderstood and as such he cannot be given the opportunity for his ideas to be implemented.
As a newspaper that has no political leaning we must state that we have been very refreshed with the revelations he made yesterday as well as the solutions he proffered to this country’s numerous ills.
From his utterances we believe he is qualifies as a nationalist and a patriot through and through, a man who cannot bend principles for whatever consideration.
We want to register our admiration for the man’s frankness, a frankness we know has cost him so much but which we believe has made him and continues to make him teak.
We want to encourage him not to ever veer from this straight and narrow path, even though we realize that it is a very lonely path to traverse.
Let him be comforted by the fact that there are many others out here who have started understanding him and what he stands for and who will join him to change the fortunes of this land that we all so dearly love.