The National Youth Council of Sierra Leone, which is the legally constituted body representing youth in every chiefdom of the country has congratulated President Julius Maada Bio on his re-election as President of Sierra Leone today, 30th June 2023.

The council further congratulates youth for conducting themselves in a peaceful and dignified manner throughout the elections period.

The council Press statement note that despite attempts by politicians and outside forces to incite and sow chaos- young people generally resisted and instead heeded our call to maintain law and order in this period.

The council press statement states “As the future and present of the country, we wish to congratulate President Julius Maada Bio and every winner at the parliamentary and local council levels on their success in the polls. We urge them to prioritize the needs of youth in this new dispensation. We urge those who lost in the polls to put the interest of the nation and our collective future above all else and work to maintain the peace and our democratic future. We plead with all those who have grievances to seek redress through appropriate legal means and we ask the courts to judiciously expedite any complaints put before them. We ask outside observers and our international partners to refrain from making statements and taking actions that only serve to increase tension and that risk undermining the legitimacy of our electoral bodies and other legitimate institutions.

This is the only country we have. And we must jealously guard its peace, democracy, and well-being. Let’s all come together now and put these values above all else.โ€