March 13, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Religious leaders representing the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL), Pentecostal Fellowship, Evangelical Fellowship, the Catholic Mission, Seventh Day Adventists, Ahmadiyya Mission and Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone have in a press release cautioned the country’s political leadership to keep the peace and prevent any form of violence in the country.
Reading the press release to journalists at the CCSL hall on Kingharman Road, Rev. Canon Llewellyn Rogers-Wright, an executive member of the Religious Leaders Council, said they had met and discussed among other issues the strained relationship between President Ernest Bai Koroma and Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana.
He said they took into cognisance events between the VP and the All Peoples Congress, as expressed in a press statement issued by the national secretariat of the APC, detailing the verdict of the National Advisory Council of the party.
Rev. Canon Rogers-Wright said they were fully aware that the APC constitution is distinct from the country’s 1991 Constitution, but the strained relationship between the two leaders does not augur well for the security and stability of the nation, and that development emerging from the press statement of the national secretariat of the APC might prove eruptive and volatile.
“The religious leaders hereby call on the authority of the nation to tread cautiously bearing in mind that this country cannot afford to go back to those dark days of our recent past, and that the stability and security of state are of prime importance,” he said. “Religious leaders are greatly concerned that at this time in our response to the Ebola virus crisis wherein we continue to gratefully receive assistance from our external partners, such a negative turn of events will gravely obstruct further assistance from them and may divert their interest from our beloved country.”
He pleaded with the authorities and all concerned to do everything possible not to hinder in any way efforts to end the Ebola outbreak, and called on citizens to remain calm and patiently await the outcome which they hope and pray will be for the good of the country.
The ruling party expelled the vice president on 6 March, citing a litany of accusations, including deceit, violence and insubordination, all of which the latter has denied as “baseless, fabrication and lies”.
He has also indicated he would challenge the decision.