September 9, 2019
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
“We are good people and it is only politics and bad politicians that divide us. There is a need for togetherness and unity and the earlier we recognize that, the better for us as a nation,” says President Julius Maada Bio.
He was speaking on Friday September 6, after Jumaa Prayer at State House to welcome pilgrims, who travelled a month ago to perform the Hajj rites in the holy city of Mecca.
The president said with all the knowledge and ability he has, he cannot be able to do everything and therefore called for togetherness as that is the only way the country will move forward.
He noted that for him to succeed in what he has laid down to do in the ‘New Direction’ document, the country needed to be in peace and unity.
“Let us all put our hands together and ask God to direct us all to work towards unity and ensure that the country is better for all of us. Let us be together at all times. Politics should not warrant us to abuse or fight one another. We are all one people,” the president urged
President Bio noted that organizing such a success process was a very difficult task, for which he thanked his vice, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affair and all members of the Hajj Committee for the supervision and effort put to ensure a successful Hajj process despite some difficulties.
He also thanked Allah Almighty for His guidance and travelling mercies over the 900 pilgrims and implored them to serve as good example to others.
“You are now greater leaders with religious obligations and society will be looking up to you. Let us all be good example in the eyes of our people. Let us have a better society, one that fear God at all times,” President Bio emphasized.
Earlier, Chairman of the Hajj Committee, Alhaji Murtada Sesay, thanked the president and his government for organizing another successful Hajj.
He encouraged pilgrims to utilize the lessons learnt during their stay in Saudi Arabia by serving as role models in their various communities.