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Commissioner Daramy calls for unity and oneness

Commissioner Daramy calls for unity and oneness

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Trade Commissioner, Honourable Mr. Mohamed B. Daramy has called on Sierra Leoneans to put an end to indiscipline, we should work together, reason together, develop a sense of unity in our approach to nation building and stop fighting each other.

Speaking during his opening remarks at the 49th Independence Anniversary celebration at the Sierra Leone High Commission Chancery, the Honourable Commissioner described Sierra Leoneans as one people who should inculcate the culture of discipline in every sense of the word and apply it in every sense of human sphere because it is a key factor for peace and development.

“We stand here today in the shadow of those great men and women who worked hard to achieve independence for our country. And I believe that when those great people of the past fought their battles, when they faced resistance and when they overcame their obstacles they did so with a dream: a dream that our nation would live and rise to be a prosperous nation.

Sierra Leoneans in attendance

Sierra Leoneans in attendance

If we Sierra Leoneans understand that it is better to work together than fighting each other, and if we understand that it is better to reason than to argue unnecessarily with each other, then we would have made a quantum jump towards nation building,” said ECOWAS Trade Commissioner Daramy: adding,   “it is important for Sierra Leoneans to take a serious look at where we have come from, critically examine where we are and make a committed decision to move progressively into the future.”

Citing the Holy Quran, ECOWAS Commissioner Daramy made reference to the inability of four chiefs to put back a fallen black stone in its original position due to lack of unity. But when they were united through the guide of Prophet Mohamed (SAW), they put it back to its rightful position.

“Therefore, I am asking all my Countrymen/women to put an end to indiscipline, and develop a sense of unity in our approach to nation building.

In his contribution,  Sierra Leonean Barrister Kargbo paid homage to Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria H.E. Henry O. Macauley and said it has taken him several years, to see such a huge gathering of Sierra Leoneans from different parts of the federation in celebration.

He praised the President Ernest Bai Koroma Government for the daily development of Sierra Leone and said the gathering symbolize the wish of President Ernest Bai Koroma, for all of us to live in unity, peace, joy and prosperity.

Sierra Leoneans including High Commissioner MacCauley cutting the cake

Sierra Leoneans including High Commissioner MacCauley cutting the cake

Prior to the cutting of cake, H.E. Henry O. Macauley thanked the organizers and all Sierra Leoneans for the visible oneness displayed by Sierra Leoneans. He gave a lengthy talk on the achievements of President Ernest Bai Koroma and urged all to be law abiding.

He said the High Commission has commenced registration of all Sierra Leoneans living in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in a bid to not only know the exact toll of Sierra Leoneans in Nigeria, but also to enable them benefit from any goody that is going to come through the High Commission.

The coordinator of the Sierra Leone North Central Chapter in Nigeria Issa Kolleh Kamara thanked the High Commission for its own financial contribution to the occasion, and other Sierra Leoneans and in particular Commissioner Daramy who is always willing and ready to support Sierra Leoneans in ventures like this.

Celebration time!

Celebration time!

The cutting of the 49th birthday cake by the High Commissioner and other Sierra Leoneans, coupled with dance formed the climax of the occasion.

Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone High Commission, Abuja, Nigeria

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