Yusuf Keketoma Sandi decided to speak about the health of President Julius Maada Bio in an effort to allay the rumours doing the rounds about his being unwell of late. The traveled out of the country without putting out an advisory for members of the public to know about his leave of absence. A well informed Sandi reduced the myriad of health concerns to a mere fluke as he is quoted in the local tabloids as saying that “It is a malicious attempt by detractors to float fake news, lies and malicious propaganda on health of the president.”
“We have a President who is very focused to address the challenges his Government inherited from the previous APC administration because of bad leadership. In just slightly over a year, he has restored international economic credibility to the country; Sierra Leone is now a role model in Africa for the fight against corruption; President Bio is now regarded as Champion for Human Capital Development and a pacesetter for innovation, science and technology in governance in Africa,” Keketoma said.
Keketoma laughed off saying it was not the first unscrupulous people had shared diabolic lies and it will not be the last. He blamed the opposition for the recent lies calling it attention-seeking.
Asked why President Bio’s trip was not announced to the public, the Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman said: “We have released Press Statements on all official trips of President Bio abroad. This is not an official travel, rather, it is a private family trip. He has right to a private and family life and that must be respected. The fact is that even when President Bio went to ECOWAS last year and we released a statement on his travel for that official engagement, those who wanted to create mischief said President Bio was in a wheelchair. The President will return soon energized and refreshed to continue the wonderful achievements he has made so far. The President is not distracted and we are not distracted by fake news.”