Dakar, 24 December, 2021 / 11:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Religious leaders in Senegal have, in a collective statement, appealed for “calm, restraint and respect for others” amid tensions ahead of local elections scheduled to take place next month.
At a joint press conference organized Monday, December 20, faith-based leaders in Senegal comprising Catholic Bishops, Imams and Muslim scholars (Ulemas) called on all stakeholders to “stand together, so as not to compromise peace in Senegal.”
In their collective statement obtained by ACI Africa, the religious leaders highlight the significance of the polls saying, “Our country is moving towards the holding of territorial elections, commonly known as local elections, scheduled for Sunday 23 January 2022. This is a very important turning point in the life of our Nation in all its components. Therefore, ensuring that they run smoothly is a major challenge for every citizen.”
They add, “At present, some citizens are organizing and mobilizing themselves within political parties, coalitions and other movements, to legitimately assert their ambitions to be elected to the head of local authorities as mayors, presidents of departmental councils or councilors.”
“We reiterate our call for calm, restraint and respect for others. With all, we say: No to violence,” religious leaders in Senegal say, and add, “This country belongs to us. It is our duty to protect it, to contribute to its development and to its influence. In the diversity of our opinions and choices, let us remain serene, peaceful and respectful.”