The former flag bearer of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party, Brig. Rtd. Julius Maada Bio has made a passionate plea to President Ernest Bai Koroma to allow patriotism and not partisan sentiments to inform his decision on the controversial Bill awaiting his assent.
Speaking to Journalists at his Byrne Lane office in Freetown over the week end, Brig. Bio called on President Koroma to not only refuse to sign the Bill, but to also use his good offices to prevail on his APC Parliamentarians to relinquish all constitutional amendment responsibilities to the committee he himself had set up for that purpose namely the Constitutional Review Committee.
While describing the amendment as “a callous disregard for the people and the constitution of the country”, the former SLPP flag bearer said the move behind the constitutional amendment can only be adjudged as ill-intentioned. “I am therefore appealing to President Koroma not to sign that bill. If he does, it would have meant that he is behind the manipulation exercise”, which he said, has the tendency to undermine the democratic credentials of the country.
The former SLPP flag bearer said the fact that the current Speaker of Parliament, Justice Abel Stronge has so far fairly handled proceedings in the House; there was no logic in removing him from office now. “I totally oppose this action and I call on President Koroma not to sign that Bill in the interest of democracy and decency”, Brig. Bio said.
“As President”, Brig. Bio went on, “President Koroma is under obligation to protect the constitution of Sierra Leone and to unite the people instead of dividing them”.
Brig. Bio also made a clarion call on civil society organisations, the fourth estate, opposition political parties and the people of Sierra Leone not to sit idly by and allow the APC to manipulate the constitution and return the country to a One Party dictatorship.