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Maada Bio Completely Totalled at BBC Interview

Abdul Suhood Komeh,
London, UK.

Well, that went well, doesn’t it? Look, Julius Maada Bio’s BBC interview cannot be described in any other way but a car crash - completely totalled. After all the noises. The palaver and squabbles that ensured no one had a chance of being flag bearer, you would have thought he had his wits about him to answer the most basic of questions. But woefully no.

Here is a guy who has had a go before, both as head of state and presidential candidate. And yet came across as 1960’s unprepared. Embarrassing, almost too painful to watch.

Even before things got to this stage. The number one, most pertinent critique of his candidacy for office is a 22 years employment gap on his CV. Yet he failed to have prepared or formulate a credible answer for an inevitable question. He brought out a key policy of his: Free Education. But cannot articulate or approximate its costs.

The BBC is not a joke of a broadcaster like the funds-starved entities in Freetown, staffed by kids from university. Serious broadcasters have professional journalists that would probe with follow-up questions. If you want to pronounce platitudes, stay at home.

The idea that because you were studying you cannot work shows a lack of understanding of adult education as a concept. Who was paying for his studies, living and family?

For him to have prevailed as SLPP choice, is because politically, the SLPP failed to understand its responsibility to Sierra Leone.

On this outing, Bio has fallen short. The fault is not his alone, but for tribalism, the SLPP gave him a pass on everything. At no point was he scrutinised, to be able to tell the public what qualifies him as the next president of Sierra Leone. So they cannot be surprised at many people‘s very logical conclusion, that a country with a near 100% unemployment cannot afford to easily elect a work-shy candidate. That could be a disastrous risk!