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Portloko Rubbishes Bio’s Executive Orders

Portloko Rubbishes Bio’s Executive Orders

In what appears to be selective justice in relation to the Executive Orders many have referred to as Military Decree, residents of Portloko district, the regional headquarter town of the newly established North West region, has taken great exception to the orders made by His Excellency Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio over his pronouncement of non –independence day celebrations including traditional and cultural celebrations across the country. This, according to reports, was not the case with Port Loko District, as they went ahead with their usually Independence Day celebrations

According to some elite’s youth of the township, the Independence Day celebration is an annual   cultural heritage festival which usually attracts young people across the country and even the World at large to converge in the District in-order to pay respect to past heroes who have sacrificed so much for peace, unity and freedom of the country.

They added that, as their customs demand the Independence Day celebration is a day of reflection on past memories before gaining Independence Day on 27th April 1961 and now they said, we are at 57 years ahead with Sierra Leone which has just conclude its general elections on 31st March 2018  still engaged in political violence across the country.

They emphasize on the need to improve on modern traditional activities where young people can demonstrate their talents and thereby contributing to the Human resource building capacity of the country with positive contributions to attract tourists who usually visit the district on Independence Day to learn the customs and tradition of Sierra Leone, they confirmed.

“Independence Day means everybody must have freedom of movement, right to associate and also with the right to security especially on Independence Day which is a historic date for Sierra Leoneans to commemorate for their rights and showcase new dreams to drive the country forward within the ambit of the law”, Portloko Residents stated.

The disgruntle youth went further to state that, if Government continue to intimidate them on their cultural activities in the future, they will not hesitate to resist any confrontation that may occur and also warned against any law that may discriminate them from participating and observing independence day while other parts of the country especially Bo were busy performing their traditional activities in the South East region with impunity.

They said, while other parts of the country are sad during the independence day ,the Southern Region of Bo were showcasing their cultural heritage to the rest of the World as they celebrate Old Boys of Bo School Association which coincided with the Independence Day celebrations.

They noted that, the district has never involved in violence activities during independence celebration but rather educate young people on the importance of the date so that other people will continue to respect the traditions and customs of the country in various aspects of life and that since time in memorial, the activities of the independence celebration have been contributing to the economy of the district massively.

By Alhassan Bangura

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