Thursday, January 27, 2022
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Resident Minister Embarrasses Bio

By Lawrence Williams

The recent outburst of the Resident Minister North, Hon. Abu A. Koroma could have triggered an unanticipated social disorder in the whole northern region if His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio had not reacted speedily by distancing himself from the remarks of the minister and at the same time suspending him from office with immediate effect.

Analysts on mainstream media as well as the vuvuzelas on social media have not spared the minister any nice comments but bashing and blasting.

In a short video that has already gone viral on social media, Hon. Koroma is seen making divisive partisan comments and further threatening to kill anyone who dares to protest against the government or attempts to engage in a riot.

It is believed that the conduct of the resident minister not only misrepresents the position of government in addressing recent spates of violence across the country but his threats of “shoot-to kill” clearly undermine President Bio’s avow proclamation of acting within the confines of the law to curb lawlessness and indiscipline in the country. Furthermore, such remarks by no less a person than the resident minister, being the direct representative of the president in the whole northern region with the powers to exercise executive powers and authority granted under the 1991 Constitution, has caused a great deal of embarrassment to His Excellency both in and out of the country. Though some people welcomed the decision by the president to suspend his this loosed resident minister, many are of the view that suspension is a lukewarm punishment when taking into account the gravity of the statement and the potential damage it could have caused the country to suffer at a time when violence, disruptive and widely destructive conflict behavior has apparently become the new order.

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