Sierra Leoneans in Germany celebrate Independence with prayers
April 27 will always remain a memorable and historical day in the minds of all Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad, a day that restores hope, confidence and dignity amongst all. This explains the basis as to why Sierra Leoneans, including friends and well wishers across the world, assembled themselves to celebrate this very momentous occasion. (Photo: Ambassador Stevens addressing muslim members)
Among the many celebrants is the Sierra Leone Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany. With its dynamic leadership and commitment to cater for all Sierra Leoneans across Germany, the Embassy organised both Muslim and Christian prayers, to pray for the country on Friday 27 and Sunday 29 respectively. . Some of the prayers were specifically meant for the socio-economic well-being of the country, while others were for love, unity and peace.
What was amazing for most Germans and other foreign diplomats is the religious tolerance that exists in our country. Unlike in other countries, Sierra Leone’s religious compassion is exemplary, leaving no perimeter to instill hatred and uproar among its citizens. Both religions are closely intertwined especially when it comes to national issues and development. This was proven again on Friday 27, when Sierra Leonean Muslims in Germany prayed together with their Christian brothers and on Sunday the Muslims joined the Christians to do likewise.
The two congregations focused on praying for the country and implored all Sierra Leoneans to love one another in an effort to redeem the country from backwardness and abject poverty.
Making a brief statement after the Muslim and Christian prayers, Ambassador Jongopie S. Stevens informed his audience that it is a moment worth celebrating as according to him, Sierra Leone has moved beyond several hurdles especially the 11-year devastating war that ended 10 years ago. After a successful transformation in both governance and institutional sectors, remarkable achievements have been made so far. He attributed it to the recent developments in the health sector, education, energy and agriculture amongst others. The aforesaid he went on, is a clear demonstration of President Koroma’s committed leadership to move the country off the ground.
Ambassador Stevens said Sierra Leoneans should be steadfast in their quest to build on the gains made by the APC led government. “….the developments that are taking place in the country are for all Sierra Leoneans and not only for APC members,” he said and further stressed on the need for all to join hands in rebuilding mother Sierra Leone.
He expressed gratitude to all Sierra Leoneans especially the Christians and Muslims, for offering prayers for their country.
While in the Mosque, the Arab born Imam encouraged his audience to comply with the fundamental principles of Islam, stressing the need for our leaders to have patience and courage in the administration of their respective duties. He further Expressed hope that African leaders will continue to work not only in the interest of their people, but also in Allah whose reward he said will be enormously felt by those who follow his command. He congratulated Sierra Leoneans for celebrating their 51 years Independence Anniversary, and expressed hope that the country will continue to make remarkable improvements in its transformation drive.
During the Christian sermon, unity, love and respect were the main topics. Sierra Leonean ordained Pastor Senesie, implored Sierra Leoneans to pray for their country and reflect on the past in an effort to achieve success. He emphasized on the fact that Sierra Leone is a blessed nation, which is why he said, concerted efforts should be made by all Sierra Leoneans to ensure that the country emerges like other developed nations in the world. This could only be achieved when Sierra Leoneans devote true love for their country.
A grill party on Saturday organised by the Embassy climaxed the occasion.
Umaru S. Jah-Berlin
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