Instead of giving the electorates realistic or practicable manifestoes, our leading politicians have now created a new vogue for themselves: ‘debul’ following or dancing during public holidays.
It is now common practice amongst our presidential candidates to be scrambling for which ‘debul’ they will lead whenever there is a public holiday. This has become so endemic that we are now tempted to question the religious uprightness of these men.
Never in the history of this nation has ‘debul’ dancing been a political barometer. Before now, our politicians regarded those who dance ‘debul’ as “raray” boys that should not be mingled with by the so-called upper classes. They regarded those who “dance debul” as the unserious, hopeless and dregs of society.
But now Vice President Solomon Berewa, who once boasts of “having a rosary constantly hanging” over his office desk, and Ernest Bai Koroma who professes to be a devout Christian have now degenerates to “raray” boys who ‘beleh debul’–forgetting that those of the Christian faith should not be following and dancing with ‘debul’ and at the same time want to shout Alleluia.
We are not saying that our politicians should not come down from their Ivory Towers and mingle with commoners. What we want to ask is, why is it only now that our leading politicians are regarding ‘debul’ dancing as a way of coming down to commoners’ level? Is ‘debul’ dancing now a synonym of political sensitization? Or is it a new form of political expression by the so-called elites?
What, in our view, we think our politicians should be preoccupied with at this time is how to solve the country’s woes. Not to insult the common man by joining him in his only form of enjoyment foisted upon him by economic hardship created by the politicians.
We believe that when politicians become ‘debul’ followers and dancers, it means the entire country has lost focus.