Freetown, 17 February, 2023 / 9:10 pm (ACI Africa).
The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has called on religious leaders in the West African nation to intensify their efforts to ensure that the country holds free, fair, and peaceful elections that are scheduled for June 24.
In the fourth part of his reflection on the preparation for polls in Sierra Leone, Fr. Peter Konteh, addresses the obligation of religious leaders in the electoral process in the country, urging them to use everything at their disposal to ensure that the people are ready for elections.
He acknowledges the role played by religious leaders in ending conflicts in Sierra Leone, especially the country's 11-year civil war that ended in 2003, noting that the leaders had continued to play a key role in the country’s healing process.
“Sierra Leone is a very religious country in the sense that a majority of our people are either Muslims or Christians. And since this is a religious country, religious leaders have a fundamental obligation to ensure that we have a peaceful and just society,” Fr. Konteh says in a message he shared with ACI Africa on Monday, February 13.
He says that religious leaders have, in the past, been actively involved in promoting justice and peace, and human rights across Sierra Leone, and adds, “Overall, religious leaders in Sierra Leone have a strong voice for justice and peace and communities. However, we call upon us to step up the gains that we have achieved.”