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21st January 2019

Death Rumour Refuted as Valentine Strasser Jets to Ghana Today for More Treatment!

By Abu Shaw in London (10/01/19)

Rumour mongers falsely spread 'death of Strasser' fib yesterday as former Sierra Leone President was about to jet out to Ghana.


Latest reports say the former Sierra Leone Head of State Valentine Esegrabo Melvin Strasser is leaving the shores of Freetown today to seek improved medical attention in Ghana. (Photo: Emaciated Valentine Strasser, a far cry from his former glory).

Squashing the wild rumours yesterday, the SLPP government immediately released a press statement to refutes the death fallacy circulating on social media and reiterated that the former Head of State, Valentine Strasser is alive and still admitted at the Aspen Medical Hospital in Freetown.

The press statment signed by Yusuf Keketoma Sandi Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman reads: "Following the Executive Clearance by President Julius Maada Bio, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has concluded arrangement for the medical evacuation of Valentine Strasser.

"The former Head of State will depart Lungi International Airport tomorrow, Thursday 10th January 2019 on a chartered air ambulance to Accra, Ghana, for Medical Treatment. He will also be accompanied by a team of medical staff to Accra. "As a Nation, the former Head of State will be kept in our collective prayers and we wish him a speedy recovery," the statement ends.

Strasser was ousted by his most trusted second in command and Vice President Maada Bio in the 1996 bloodless coup. Strasser had never recovered to regain his former self. Deprivation, poverty and alcoholism took its toll on Strasser. His health and reputation continue to go down the hill as a result. He ruled from 1992 to 1996 under the National Provincial Ruling Council NPRC military regime.

Ironically, the same Maada Bio, who incidentally is the current President of Sierra Leone, is obviously trying to mend the broken hearts of Strasser supporters by sponsoring the medical treatment of his former boss. Sierra Leoneans are impressed with the help Strasser is receiving now from the SLPP government.

Courtesy: Yusuf Keketoma Sandi Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman

TRIBUTE: Alpha Shaw

Journalist, Student Activist, Leader, 1958-1980

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