- says President Koroma
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
President Ernest Bai Koroma has said that his High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Hon. Edward Mohamed Turay, must be commended for what he has done and continues to do for the country and the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party.
While officially launching the book titled, ‘The Prophecies Of A Father’ written by H.E. Turay at the Family Kingdom in Freetown on Monday 23 December 2013, the President said the veteran lawyer, politician and diplomat has followed the footsteps of the founding fathers of the APC as well as some eminent members of the party.
“I read the book when it was presented to me by Hon. Turay in the UK. I must say that this book will stir controversies and lessons will be learnt from it,” President Koroma said. “I strongly believe that Eddie Turay deserves a special place in the APC party.”
President Koroma recalled that some four years ago when he made the decision to appoint the legal luminary as High Commissioner to the UK, little did he know then that he will be the catalyst in fulfilling the prophecies the former MP’s late father made over 60 years ago about him, which have now come to pass, but stressed that his decision [to appoint Turay] was as a result of his commitment to the party.
According to President Koroma, in 1996 when people distanced themselves from the party, it was Hon. Turay and few others who rallied round to get the party registered to contest the elections with him (Turay) standing as flag-bearer.
The President used the occasion to urge other members of his government and the APC to write books about their experiences.
In his short statement, High Commissioner Turay noted that the book was written in two weeks through divine inspiration, noting that his late father – Paramount Chief Kande Turay of Sanda Chiefdom in the Bombali District – had prophesized that he will wine and dine with Royalties, Prime Ministers and Presidents at home and abroad; prophesies he said have now come to pass.
“What my father said 60 years ago that I will become, I have become,” stated the diplomat. “I am happy that I was able to write this book in two weeks through divine inspiration.”
According to the Chief Editor of the book, Dr. Michael N. Wundah, the book will be an ideal text for educational institutions and that foreign and diplomatic service personnel and politicians at home and abroad will find it not only useful but educative.
He told the gathering that the book has 186 pages with 17 chapters, and confessed that he has never read a book as frank as ‘The Prophecies Of A Father’.
“The book is comprehensive, honest and bold. The contents of the book are very revealing and sincere. The author, High Commissioner Eddie Turay, states categorically that his father was a non-believer. Somebody may prophesize but someone has to play a role for it to come to pass,” he stated.