Mr Sesay, can we go back to this document, please, and we're at page 2. I will pick it up seven lines from the bottom of the page:
"According to Pa Rogers, he advised everyone not to think of the CDS in that way. He, Pa SYB Rogers, told us that he has examined the brigadier in and out and has not suspected the least of such intention in the brigadier. We must give the brigadier all formal fervent support so as to encourage him, brigadier, for his great sacrifice. Pa Rogers concluded by thanking Colonel Issa Sesay, the battlefield commander, CDS, and all authorities who held the ground and front line strongly while the CDS and delegates were out.
Next to speak was Colonel Eddie Kanneh, SLA representative. The young colonel thanked everybody for their courage to attend the forum. According to the colonel, all the trip was very successful. He dilated on how, at several times, he faced embarrassment on account of his association and deep commitment to the RUF Sierra Leone. He made us understand that since his familiarity with our brigadier, or CDS, he, Colonel E Kanneh, sees the CDS as a man who does not want to get involved into politics and that he has known the CDS to be far-sighted person who can predict with possible results. He therefore asks all and sundry not to picture the CDS that the way other people are classing him to be, that is power hungry. He warned that there must be solid declaratory among us all. He commended Pa SYB Rogers for his fatherly part he is playing in the movement, Colonel Issa Sesay for his gallant party he played in the absence of the CDS for keeping the ground under control. He asked us to remember outstanding our external friends of this movement like General Abraham.
Let us mobilise, unite, be conscious and I leave a general warning that no one must take revolution lightly to avoid subversion. We must care for the junior ranks, and I hope and pray that this movement shall continue to live and prosper in good faith, concluded the young colonel.
The chief of defence staff, Brigadier Sam Bockarie, buttressed the speeches of Pa SYB Rogers and Colonel Eddy Kanneh. He threw light on some important things, however, for the general understanding of those who attended the meeting. In the first place, the CDS told us that they were not financially strong to make the trip as successful as it turned out to be. He said that in the first attempt they stopped halfway and heard about the shocking news on Focus about the trial and death sentence passed on our father and leader, Corporal Foday S Sankoh. The CDS made hasty preparation and were turned back to the brothers as to launch offensives against the government of Tejan Kabbah for the release of our leader.
The CDS congratulated Colonel Jungle and General Abraham for their sincerity and honesty in delivering the parcels that were given to them for our father across. The CDS said the father showed him the parcels and said that he was keeping the parcel until the cater and get more for us to be able to purchase reasonable quantity of whatever we want. The CDS reiterated that if we work hard and remain united, victory will be on our side. According to the CDS, he took along Major Lawrence Womandia because he can speak French and it was the delegates' intention to visit France - countries and even Libya. The CDS said due to copious arrangements Colonel Eddie and Pa Rogers had at hand, he did not hope he would see them to make the trip as planned, but God greatly helped us, we, Pa Rogers and Colonel Eddie, and we made the trip together. The CDS concluded that the trip was a big success on the whole. The brigadier told the forum that he was able to formally hand over our struggle and petition about our leader to the President of Burkina Faso, who is the current chairman of the OAU, so that as OAU chairman he will step in and mediate peace between us and the SLPP government. He warned that now is the time to work together to secure the release of our leader and to avoid funny things like gossips that would lead to disunity among us. The CDS admonished and placed a curse on anyone who would plan to mismanage the small logistics they had laid down their lives for in the interests of the struggle. The brigadier inferred that he went with a two-and-a-half carat diamond and some other items which he gave as present to a senior security Benjamin in order to facilitate easy access to all chances for the undelayed access of our mission. The CDS concluded by thanking everybody, both missionaries and those who" - there appears to be something missing there. "The battlefield commander, Colonel Issa Sesay, thanked the delegates. He promised that we shall put our efforts together to consolidate our strength for victory. We are to strike for the release of our leader and victory of our movement. A commander will feel good when he attacks and captures rather than being called to join with others. It will make no prospect. The field commander extended many blessings to all those who joined the CDS to bring us the expected good which will bring success for us all. Colonel Isaac Mongor thanked the CDS and delegates for their grand efforts. He advised everybody to work hand in hand for the victory of the RUF Sierra Leone. We're not fighting for Pa Sankoh or the brigadier but ourselves and our country, Sierra Leone, for victory and peace. This, RUF Sierra Leone leader has been telling us all along. Colonel Mike Lamin thanked the CDS and the delegates who went with him on the mission. We as RUF Sierra Leone must consider this gesture as a brilliant challenge and we must do some things impressively in return of the challenge. He warned that we must not talk on how the material was channelled to our base, for security reasons.
Colonel Morris Kallon thanked the CDS and delegates for the great efforts. He stated in the first place that, for the person or persons who go about saying that the CDS wants to take the leadership of the RUF Sierra Leone, Colonel Kallon noted that except such people do not construct themselves in a way to be understood without grudge or malice, but the second in a command appointment was given to the CDS by our leader himself and that it is natural that he shall succeed our leader after long years of the leader's services to the movement and the nation. He compared a combatant's risk of life to that of an external delegate's own, by which he stated that the later's own risk of life was far more greater than the combatant's because he doesn't know the enemies around him. Colonel Kallon warned all persons to put to good use what the CDS has fought hard to get for the movement.
Chief commander, JV Samuka thanked the CDS and delegates and prayed for God's blessing for them. He juxtaposed Tejan Kabbah/God hearing prayers as a chance now gracefully given to the RUF/SL.
Pastor Alpha on behalf of the Christian group thanked the CDS and delegates. He threw in a proverb which says, "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." He prayed fervently to almighty God for our senior officers, junior officers, against the enemies and grand success of the RUF Sierra Leone. Pastor Alpha invoked the spirit of Taburakar and Jehoja, the great God.
Major E Collins stated that the CDS has killed two birds with one stone. That is, political and military problems. The CDS announced a senior officers' meeting from where arrangements were to be done for full-scale operations. The meeting ended in harmony."
Now, Mr Sesay, does the minutes of this meeting jog your memory about attending a meeting such as this?