An Open Letter to President Ernest Koroma Please Rescue Capt. Valentine StrasserJuly 24, 2011
Posted by Donald Georgestone California
Dear Mr President
The deteriorating condition of a former Head of State of Sierra Leone
and a former military Officer , Capt . Valentine Strassar, who
went to the battle field to save the peaceful people of the
Republic of Sierra Leone is on the Internet, and it is seen all
over the world .
Mr President , the whole world is waiting and watching , to see
if your Government has respect for a former Head of State of the
country you are now governing , and a former Miltary Officer who
was shot on the line of duty .
Capt. Valentine Strasser was Head of State of Sierra Leone from
April 29 , 1992 through January 16 , 1996 . Prior to that period , he
was shot on the battle field by the ( RUF ) Revolutionary United
Front led by Foday Sankoh . That in itself , is heroism and
patriotism . Let us be true to ourselves .. How many Sierra
Leoneans today , are prepared to risk their lives for Sierra Leone ?
I bet my life , it is less than twenty percent .
Mr President, Capt. Valentine Strasser sacrificed his life by serving
in the army , He introduced the cleaning exercise in Freetown and
other parts of the country. If he had not taken over the governmemt
in 1992 , the country would have fallen into complete anarchy , because
when the soldiers came to the State House to report about the poor
conditions of the fighting force, the then President Momoh flee the country
and took refuge in Guinea . Moreover, Capt. Strasser had not been
found guilty of any crime , so these are some of the many reasons
why the Govenment should come to his rescue.
Mr President , it is un Sierra Leonean to see a former Head of State ,
and a former Military Officer perishing in another third world country ,
and we fail to come to his rescue. There are times, when citizens
of a country are judged , by the way the government of that country
treats its citizens who had made great contributions towards the
development of that country .
Mr President, if your government fails to rescue Capt. Valentine Strasser ,
then we are sending the wrong message to our men and women
in uniform .We are telling them , that we do not care about them , whether
they are shot or not , and once they leave the force they are on their own .
That is not good , it would affect the morals of our men and women in
uniform .So Mr. President , I am appealing to you Sir , to look into
Capt. Strasser’s case , and see what type of help could be rendered .
That way , we will be sending a positive message to our men and women
in uniform , that we appreciate their services and heroism . That would also
boost their morals .
Lastly Mr President , I know you are a Christian , and you have good
intentions for the people of Sierra Leone . We in the Diasporas are
praying for you , that God grant you the strength , wisdom and courage
to lead that nation on the right path , so that she can take her place
amongs the progressive nations of the world