The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has conveyed its heartfelt appreciation to the authorities of Sierra Leone for granting permission to former President Ernest Bai Koroma to travel abroad for medical reasons.

In a communique issued this morning, ECOWAS expressed admiration for the humanitarian gesture extended by Sierra Leone’s authorities, emphasizing its positive impact on the well-being of both Sierra Leone and the broader ECOWAS region.

The regional body renewed its commitment to providing unwavering support to the government and citizens of Sierra Leone. ECOWAS pledged to stand by the nation’s endeavors to promote peace, security, and the advancement of democracy and good governance.

President Bio, addressing the nation on Thursday, clarified that the decision to allow the former President to travel for specialized medical reasons was driven by humanitarian considerations.

Notably, Koroma had faced charges related to his alleged involvement in the failed attempted coup on November 26th. The move to permit his medical travel was underscored as a humanitarian gesture, emphasizing the importance of addressing health concerns above political considerations.