Chief Sam-Sumana observes Eid prayers in Kabala
Kabala, August 2 (SLENA) Vice President, Alhaji Chief Sam-Sumana observed this year’s Eid-uL Fitri prayers with the people of Kabala, Koinadugu District, Northern Sierra Leone.
Welcoming the Vice President at the playing field in Kabala, Chief Imam, Alhaji Mohamed Sillah expressed on behalf of his people his profound gratitude to the Vice President and other government dignitaries for choosing their land of mixture to observe the Eid prayers.
The presence of the Vice President, the Chief Imam said, was indeed a blessing for the people of Kabala in particular and the district as a whole to host such a great personality who has love for his people, adding that the visit demonstrates to them that they are part and parcel of the leadership of this country.
The Vice President, he went on, is a humble man who listened to the cry of his people and find ways of getting to the bottom of their cries. He prayed for Allah’s blessings to be bestowed upon the leadership and government of the country and for Allah to lead them to path of righteousness while moving the country beyond poverty level.
On his part, Paramount Chief Alie Marah III expressed his happiness and said that the day was an historic event in the history of the district as the observation of the Eid prayer is the first ever to be made by the Vice President.
He said Paramount Chiefs used to observe the Eid prayers with the subjects in their various chiefdoms, but this year the Vice President has brought them together in observing the prayer. This he said was indeed a great blessing that Allah has bestowed for the people of Kabala.
Meanwhile, the Hon. Vice President on his arrival in the district, stopped at Fadugu and Sinkunia to Iftar with the people of those communities.
Addressing the respective gatherings, Chief Sam Sumana said he was so proud to be in those towns and that he felt at home with the kind of red carpet welcome the people of those villages accorded him and his entourage. He expressed his pleasure over the cultural diversity of the district and the tolerance that exists among the various tribes in those towns.
The Vice President said as the Holy month of Ramadan is a month of blessing, forgiveness and a month wherein Muslims should share whatever little they have with their fellow Muslims, he said he thought it fit to be in the district to eat, drink, pray and share the blessings of the Holy Month with the people in that part of the country.
The Vice President, however, warned about the awful spread of the Ebola virus. He explained to them the negative effect of the disease including it causes, signs and symptoms. He encouraged paramount chiefs, chiefdom elders, section chiefs, town chiefs and the entire people of the district to be vigilant and report early suspected Ebola cases, adding that they should desist from harboring Ebola patients in homes, avoid washing Ebola dead bodies, amongst others.
He emphasized that Ebola is real and that people should stop politicizing it and accept the reality and embarked on sensitizing their loved ones about the plaque. Health he said is wealth and that saving a life means saving the nation from the dreadful disease. He called on all to come onboard to help in the fight against the killer disease that is ravaging the lives of peaceful and loving Sierra Leoneans.
Addressing concerns made earlier by authorities in that part of the country, the Vice President noted that the leadership and government of this country care so much for the wellbeing of the people, while giving ears to its people. He promised that he will convey their messages to His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and assured them that the President with his love for his people and country and a development oriented personality will give ears to their calls and find ways of solving them.
Earlier on, the authorities commended the leadership and government of President Koroma for the development strides that is going on nationwide especially in the area of infrastructure. They however, complained of water facility the rehabilitation of the Fadugu Court Barray, the Kabala state prisons and other developments in the district.
By Alimatu Fofanah
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