Freetown, 10 June, 2023 / 8:54 pm (ACI Africa).
“May this election bring an end to the violence, hatred, and discord that has plagued our beloved country,” the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone, Fr. Peter Konteh, has implored ahead of the June 24 general elections in the West African nation.
Fr. Konteh who was addressing the ninth Congress of the Regional Union of the Diocesan Priests of West Africa (RUPWA) on Monday, June 5 further implored, “May the upcoming elections in Sierra Leone be marked by peace, fairness, and a renewed commitment to the common good.”
The award-winning Catholic Priest who has previously advocated for a “meaningful participation” of Sierra Leone’s youth in politics and peacebuilding initiatives sought divine intervention to stop “the feet of those inclined towards violent protests” and to “calm the fingers poised on triggers”.
“May justice prevail for the downtrodden, bringing restoration to the marginalized and abused, and hope to the hopeless,” Fr. Konteh said during the ongoing Congress taking place at the National Pastoral Centre, Kenema, in the Archdiocese of Freetown.
He prayed that God grants wisdom “to all those in positions of power, be it political, physical, or social, that they may exercise their authority with prudence and righteousness.”