March 12, 2015 By Samuel Ben Turay
Chief Imam of the United Kingdom Armed Forces yesterday made a courtesy call on the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) at the Ministry of Defence in Freetown.
Imam Asim Hafiz, who also doubles as adviser to the UK Armed Forces Chief of Defence Staff, said both UK Force and the RSLAF have good working relationship spanning a long time, and that the purpose of his visit was to share ideas and collaborate with members of the RSLAF.
“Sierra Leoneans are happy people regardless of what they are going through with the Ebola war,” said Imam Hafiz, adding that he was impressed with the religious tolerance among Sierra Leoneans of Christian and Muslim persuasion.
In his keynote address, deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier John E. Milton, said Sierra Leone is known for its religious tolerance for many years, adding that the RSLAF has a religious department that comprises both Muslims and Christians.
Chairman of the occasion, Colonel Mohamed M. Samura, who also is the RSLAF Communications and Information Director, said Imams and Pastors across the country have a cordial working relationship.
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Other speakers were the RSLAF Chief Imam, Lieutenant Colonel Alhaji Bilal Conteh and Chief Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Moses Kargbo.