The United States Congressman Gregory Meeks has fully accepted Sierra Leone as his second home.

The US representative who had traced his roots to Sierra Leone is here along with three other US representatives including the first Somali American Rep. Ilhan Omar.

During their two-day visit, President Bio crowned Congressman Gregory Meeks as Paramount Chief of the Republic of Sierra Leone at a short ceremony on Tuesday and later addressed them at a dinner organised in their honour at the Presidential Lodge at Hill Station.

“Welcome to the fourth most peaceful country in Africa. Welcome to one of the most tolerant nations in the world. Welcome to our democracy where we have abolished the death penalty, permanently removed all criminal libel laws; clamped down on corruption; made tremendous progress in ruling justly; robustly fighting all forms of sexual and gender violence,” President Dr Julius Maada Bio stated.

Honourable Congressman Gregory Weldon Meeks said that, “This is an emotional day for me but am so glad that I am home. Barrack Obama may have Kenya, but I have Sierra Leone.”

“When I look at your faces out here today, where this country is from, and where this country is heading. When I look at the progress that this government is making, a shining example of democracy right here in Sierra Leone.

We are going to show the world and the rest of Africa that we will stay together. When we work together, we will lead West Africa, Africa and the world. A show of resilience of a people,” he added.

Congressman Gregory Meeks is a Democrat Representative, New York 5th District (Queens), and Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee.