Ex-President Urges Political Party Leaders to Support President Koroma
The former President of the Sierra Leone Nationals Union in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States has appealed to all political party leaders in the country to join President Koroma (in photo) in his developmental strides.
Ibrahim Koi Dowui made the appeal in an open letter following an article about the ‘excellent performance’ of this year’s Chairman of the Sierra Leone Hajj Mission; Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray published in both local and online news portals last week.
In his letter, the former President wrote: “I am appealing to all political party leaders and Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad to join the President irrespective of their political affiliations to rally behind him in pursuit to take Sierra Leone to a higher height. Sierra Leone is above all of us. Let’s join the His Excellency in the development of our nation.’’
Below is the Letter by Ibrahim Koi Dowui published verbatim
I would be pleased if you could publish this letter in your widely read newspaper. Let me start by thanking our local tabloids for publishing an article recently that pointed out the facts about the outcome of this year’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Mecca organized by the Government of Sierra Leone.
I have no hesitation to fully support all what was rightly mentioned about the just concluded Hajj in that article. And let me also categorically state here that with my twenty years and more Hajj experience in this Kingdom, this year’s Hajj organization was the most successful one.
I also believe that the Hajj Coordinating Committee led by the Vice President, Alhaji Chief Sahr Sam Sumana made the right choice to appoint Hon. Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray as the Chairperson of the 2010 Hajj Mission.
To substantiate that this year’s Hajj was successful, the accommodation of all the pilgrims were in close proximity to each other and that helped us (Sierra Leoneans in the Kingdom) immensely in our complementary role to facilitate our services to our people at all times. The food was well prepared and served on time. Above all, the flight schedules were all very prompt.
Most importantly, this is the first time in the history of Sierra Leone when all our pilgrims were individually given fiscal cash of $120 by our Government, and also ensured that all their luggage went home regardless of the excesses. At this point, I am left with no room to state here that President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is a spiritually devout religious statesman with tolerance for all religious sects.
Indeed, I have never seen personally any of our ministers like Hon. Minkailu Mansaray who demonstrated a high sense of commitment with humility, great modesty and kind understanding in serving the pilgrims with equity, love and respect irrespective of status-quo.
I think our Saudi Press Attaché was right in his last article when he mentioned that Alhaji Minkailu performed Hajj last year like any common man and that has given him a wealth of experience about the whole process of Hajj.
My observation this year is, Hon. Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray demonstrated that a leader is more of a servant to his people than a master. He was with us everywhere to ensure that everything was in place. He was a true representation of H.E. President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the government and the country.
Therefore, no matter the position he occupies in the government, I strongly recommend that he should not be replaced by any unknown angel on Hajj issues, as he now knows the exact requirements and procedures for pilgrims in performing the Hajj rituals. May the Almighty continue guiding our President – H.E. Dr.Ernest Bai Koroma and his government to put the right people in the right places in order to make Sierra Leone a place not only worth living, but worthy of emulation.
We therefore pray that Allah continues to guide and protect our President. And I have no doubt that President Koroma will be re-elected by Sierra Leoneans come 2012 Presidential elections as a result of his good leadership over the past three years.
To Sierra Leoneans across the globe, we must be very thankful and appreciative to Allah that our prayers for good leadership for our country has been accepted as we have been blessed with H.E President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma who has love for his citizens and the country.
Since success cannot actually be achieved by a single person in leadership, the current team of H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma should also be given credit for the sustained efforts being made in elevating our country to the peak of global recognition.
My main appeal to all my compatriots is to keep praying for our President and his team to continue with the patriotic approaches and golden objectives they have in developing our country.
Finally, I am appealing to all political party leaders and Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad to join this hard working President who has special interest in his people and the country, irrespective of their political affiliations to rally behind him in pursuit to take Sierra Leone to a higher height. Sierra Leone is above all of us. Let’s join our leader in the development of our nation.
Congratulations to the Government of Sierra Leone on a job well done for this year’s experimented Hajj.
Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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