Ernest Ambushed Twice


After a well deserved vacation, quintessentially popular Chairman and Leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), former President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma returned home to a hero’s welcome on Sunday 5th August, 2018.

Prior clearance and security arrangements had been made by the party secretariat with the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) for the APC Chairman and Leader’s homecoming from Guinea through the Gbalamuya crossing point where he was received by the National Secretary General, Amb. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh, the 2018 APC presidential flagbearer, Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara and running-mate, Chernor Ramadan Maju Bar,  the APC hierarchy, members and supporters.

The former head of state who served the country for two consecutive terms was literally ambushed as thousands of party members, supporters and sympathizers turned out to catch a glimpse of their darling leader. It took over an hour for his 50 vehicle convoy to head out of Kambia towards Port Loko, on to Lunsar and his hometown, Makeni.

In Makeni, where literally another ambush by crowds of people eager to see him took place, it took the convoy over two hours to drive from the outskirts of the city to the party northern regional headquarters on the Makeni-Magburaka highway where the APC Chairman and Leader addressed the mammoth crowd of enthusiastic supporters.

Looking physically fit; well rested and brandishing his trade mark disarming smile joked with his audience that they were pleasantly surprised to see him return home. He expressed satisfaction for seeing party members and supporters in good spirit, for which he thanked everyone.

Always a patriot and a nationalist, the former head of state called on the current administration to build on his legacy and achievements, noting that it would be detrimental for the country to abandon the good things that he started.

He maintained that his ten years stewardship of the State was successful as there are a lot of developmental achievements that the nation can point to done during his tenure that moved the country forward which, he said, should serve as a template for the current President.

Former President Koroma expressed frustration over social media messages coming from some senior government officials alleging that he was coming home with mercenaries to destabilize the peace. “Such statements have the tendency to drive away potential investors and plunge the nation into chaos,” he fumed, pointing out that insecurity will not affect only one segment of the population but everybody. Thus, he cautioned people, especially politicians, to be mindful of their utterances in order not to plunger the country into chaos or ignite unrest that will reverse all the development gains made so far.

He therefore he advised APC members and supporters to abide by the rules and regulations of the country and to respect the country’s laws. The former Head of State promised to make himself available for any investigation into alleged corruption.