In a recent statement, the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) has called upon Sierra Leoneans and foreign partners to prioritize peace and unity in the country’s post-election period.

The Council, dedicated to fostering peace, unity, and prosperity, expressed gratitude for the nation’s blessings and protection, attributing them to divine providence.

The statement, signed by the IRCSL President, Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles, provided a brief historical background on the organization’s formation during the height of the civil war in 1997. It underscored the Council’s mission to seek lasting solutions for the nation’s challenges.

As Sierra Leone faces new hurdles in consolidating peace and strengthening national unity, the IRCSL reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to its mission.

Of notable importance is the active involvement of the IRCSL with Election Management Bodies, national stakeholders, and international partners before, during, and after the June 24 General Elections. Their engagement aimed to safeguard national peace and unity, reflecting their ongoing efforts.

According to the Council, despite a few incidents of politically-related violence and hate speech, the elections were relatively peaceful, free, and fair.

However, the IRCSL acknowledged the grievances and complaints raised during the election process, concerning issues such as transparency, accountability, political victimization, and loss of lives and property. These concerns are currently under discussion as the Council seeks amicable solutions.

In line with these efforts, the IRCSL has initiated dialogues with key stakeholders to address the outstanding issues and appealed to the public to maintain peace, compassion, and adherence to the law.

The statement emphasized that the nation’s commitment to peace, unity, and social cohesion is once again being tested. Therefore, the IRCSL called upon citizens to uphold their spiritual beliefs and traditional values, serving as guiding principles during this critical period.

In conclusion, the IRCSL expressed gratitude for the public’s attention and offered a prayer for national blessings, signifying their dedication to fostering peace, unity, and prosperity for Sierra Leone.