The main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Dr. Samura Kamara has reacted to news of Freetown’s historic cotton tree.

I’m sorry to have seen the devastating loss of the National Cotton (tree) in Freetown,” Kamara said.

The APC Presidential Candidate said the falling of the Cotton Tree “is a stark reminder that” Sierra Leoneans need to devise new ways of doing things.

Ways that guarantee freedom and prosperity for all,” he said.

He urged locals to honour the legacy of those that planted the tree while calling for unity in order for the nation to progress.

Freetown’s centuries-old tree met her demise on Wednesday evening after a heavy downpour felled it.

Emergency authorities did not record any casualties but most of the city’s central business district was at a standstill in the early hours of Thursday morning due to traffic.

Historians have said that the tree is over 200 years old with legend suggesting that some of the early settlers held prayers under it when the arrived from Nova Scotia and Europe.

Meanwhile, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Dr. Babatunde Ahonsi has called on the global to tackle climate change after the tree was felled.