The development of the youth of this country has long been a sustained debate by many. The fact is, as significant demographic, the youth have been thrashed, tossed and turned for ages like a ‘rudderless’ barge on the high seas that struggles to maintain its balance during a tempestuous storm. Those entrepreneurial and vulturistic politicians see them as nothing other than thugs, vagabonds, beasts, bastards and burdens, who only matter to them during election periods to help them carry out their machinations. Oumar Farouk Sesay’s poem, ‘’Politicians’’, states this in a rather compelling manner:  ‘’There are always lesser others/Waiting for orders to kill others/Even when others are out of order, unleashing disorderly order for others.’’

It is no gainsaying that Foday Sankoh’s war of attrition that was imposed on the people of Sierra Leone is a generation defining event that still overpowers the Sierra Leonean psyche. It is a traumatic episode of a monumental scale which no rational being can dismiss as a mere footnote of history. The rapacious effects of that war will continue to blow violently on our consciousness for a very long time to come and, they, as a matter of fact are supposed to bring alive ugly memories. 

What really sounds very ludicrous to me right now is the view of most people that election victory between the SLPP and the APC has now been configured on a 10-year rotational basis. I wonder whatis the basis for such a thinking, or why people believe that is really the case. What I know is that even though some Sierra Leoneans are of the view that the international community influenced the results of the last presidential elections, I’m of the conviction that the electorate were those who actually decided on which party is to be in governance.

It is no gainsaying that Foday Sankoh’s war of attrition that was imposed on the people of Sierra Leone is a generation defining event that still overpowers the Sierra Leonean psyche. It is a traumatic episode of a monumental scale which no rational being can dismiss as a mere footnote of history. The rapacious

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