The Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) has condemned the statement made by the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Freetown Mayoral Candidate, Mohamed Gento Kamara.

The IRCSL said that they found the speech made by Gento to be “against the principles of religious tolerance” that the country enjoys.

The religious group furthered that the explanation made by Gento’s media team after his statement “fails to bring out the dangerous element contained in his (Gento) statement”.

The religious group further demanded that the SLPP’s Mayoral Candidate make a public apology to the nation for his utterances.

The IRCSL entreated the nation to embrace peace and development and furthered that the nation should vote for candidates of their choice.

The Council also admonished other politicians not to use religious places as campaign grounds especially if their messages contain “inflammable statements that will have negative effects on the cohesiveness”.

The SLPP’s Mayoral Candidate was recorded in a mosque where he made statements that many found to be bigotry.

Gento is set to contest against the incumbent Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr for the mayoral seat of the Sierra Leonean capital.