Inter Religious Council of Sierra Leone has a keen interest regarding the rising political tension in our beloved country. As Moral Guarantors of the Lomé Peace Accord, we are obligated to ensure that peace, justice and national cohesion is maintained at all levels of society. With the scars of the eleven years of a brutal civil war still fresh in our minds, coupled with an unprecedented Ebola scourge, the mud-slide and the flash-floods of August 2017 that had a heavy toll on lives and property, and in the face of abject poverty among most of the populace, the Council is seriously concerned that any further tensions may spark out of control and plunge the country into untold suffering.
In light of the above, the Council calls on all Political Parties to desist from making inciting statements that could derail our hard-worn peace. We call on the various Political Party leaders to go to the drawing board and hold consultations and dialogues to resolve their differences rather than involving their supporters and sympathizers and making inflammatory statements in the media.
We appeal to the Government to take full responsibility to ensure that there is peace and national cohesion in favour of the development of our nation. In this regard, we call on Government to embark on mass sensitization on the Commission of Inquiry in order to allay the fears and lessen tension emanating from the lack of sufficient information on the mandate of the Commission.
We call on the Police and other security forces to continue to be more professional in the execution of their duties.
Meanwhile, the IRCSL wishes to assure all political parties and the general public that it is studying the various documents relating to the Commission of Inquiry with a view to being in better position to offer its advice to the Government and the various stakeholders, and to contribute to the education and sensitization of its various religious communities and the general populace on the rules governing the activities of the Commission.
In conclusion, we are appealing to the general public to obey the rule of law and maintain our hard-worn peace. We urge all religious leaders to preach, pray for and promote all those conditions that favour peaceful co-existence of all Sierra Leoneans.
Long live the Inter Religious Council of Sierra Leone.
Long live the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Sheik Abu Bakarr Conteh - PRESIDENT
Most Rev. Dr. Edward Tamba Charles - (VICE PRESIDENT 1)
Rev. Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah - (GENERAL SECRETARY)