By State House Communications Unit
Delivering his keynote address, President Ernest Bai Koroma greeted the Muslim Ummah with the famous Islamic greeting, "Aslam Wailaikum" meaning "peace be unto you", to which the Ummah shouted "Wa Alaikum Salam".
The Head of State observed that the just concluded elections was the most peaceful and freest of elections ever in the history of Sierra Leone, adding that over the 10,000 observers who observed the polls had all declared the process as free, fair, transparent, peaceful and largely credible elections.
"As far as I'm concerned, the time for politics is over", he said, and went on to call on all other political parties to join in the ongoing development and transformation of the country", amidst cries of "Allahu Akbar" Allahu Akbar" "Allahu Akbar" from the Muslim Ummah.
President Koroma also said that the development of the country will be possible by the grace of the Almighty Allah, saying"with God nothing is impossible". He promised to invite the muslim community to a meeting soon to engage them on how they can contribute to the ongoing transformation, especially as the rolling of the "Agenda for Prosperity" was just around the corner.
According to the officiating Imam, Sheik Abu Bakarr Kamara, it is the Almighty Allah who decides and anyone who decides to circumvent what Allah has proposed, will definitely land on regret wharf.
Sheik Abu Bakarr Kamara also noted that we should thank the Almighty Allah for the peace and quiet that prevailed throughout the entire electoral process that took place recently.
The Imam profusely thanked the Sierra Leone Police, the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces and those senior politicians who have come to terms with the outcome of the just concluded November polls, for maintaining security and peace throughout the process.
Sheik A B Kamara called on all Muslims to pray for the leadership of Sierra Leone, because according to the books, one of the greatest prayers in religion is to pray for the leader as such a prayer will be reflected all across the country. "May Allah bless, guide and protect President Koroma", Imam Kamara prayed.
Alhaji Yayah Deen Kamara, Chairman of the ceremony in making his statement shortly after Jummah Prayers said President Koroma is a leader with a big heart, adding "Let's pray for him to succeed".
According to Alhaji Yayah Deen Kamara power comes from Allah and He gives power to whomever He wishes. He also noted that the trademark smile which President Koroma usually wears is a good sign of a leader with a good and clean heart, and also inspires hope among the people.
Alhaji Y.D. Kamara prayed profusely for President Koroma to continue to earn Allah's mercies and guidance to rule the country in the best interest of everyone.