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Sierra Leoneans pray for peace after elections

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Freetown, Sierre Leone, March 12 (Infosplusgabon) - As Sierra Leoneans await complete results of their March 7 crucial elections, prayers were offered in places of worship on Sunday for permanent peace in the post-conflict country.


Peace and political tolerance formed the theme of the Homily by Rev. Fr. Martin Peter Bassie of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Brooksfield, Freetown, established in 1930.


Dwelling on the day's Scripture reading, he drew a parallel between the exile of the Israelites to Babylon for 70 years and the painful displacement of millions of Sierra Leoneans during their country's 11-year civil war that ended in 2002, warning that the ugly experience should not be repeated.


He urged his compatriots to accept results of the elections and support whoever emerges as winner so the country can move forward.


Using the local parlance, Fr Martin said "Salone de na wi hand no rankar," (Sierra Leone belongs to us all, do not work against its development and progress.)


The cleric, who traces his ancestry to Southeastern Nigeria, thanked the international community especially ECOWAS countries for their immense support to Sierra Leone, noting that Africans have a common destiny.






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