In a statement read at a press conference held in the conference room of SLITHU headquarters, at Taylor Street, Calaba Town, Prof. Alhaji Dr. Sulaiman Kabba informed the press that as an organization they are totally against all forms of violence in the electoral process.
He said: “first of all I want to salute all political parties for their commitment in conducting themselves in a manner that has been beneficial to the peace and tranquility of the country.”
He added: “I decided to call up this press conference simply because the country Sierra Leone belongs to all of us and not to any political party. As an organization, we have played a very tremendous role in our socio-economic development.” He went on to say: “In line with all this, I am calling on the two political parties APC and SLPP that would be going to the presidential runoff slated for March 27th but which has now been deferred to a later date this week to please stop preaching tribalism across the country. I want all Sierra Leoneans to realize that this is the only country we have. We want no violence and I am appealing to all political party leaders and supporters to accept the final result that would be announced by NEC following the presidential runoff election.”
He went on to state that as traditional healers they cannot sit back and watch anybody who is trying to disturb the peace of the country to have his/her way when the peace and calm of the country would be at stake. Please Sierra Leoneans let us come together and say yes to peaceful elections and no to violence, tribalism and hate speech.
He used the opportunity to congratulate the National Electoral Commission, PPRC. International Community, security agencies and human rights organizations and national and international elections observers for a job well done at the first round of elections and called on them to maintain the stride for a successful presidential runoff election.
Questions and answers formed the highpoint of the press conference.