President Bio Extends Welcome to ECOWAS and Nigerian Delegation Amid Freetown Unrest
President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone welcomed a distinguished delegation from the ECOWAS Commission and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on November 27, 2023, in response to the aftermath of Sunday’s crisis in Freetown.
The delegation included prominent figures such as Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, Chief of Defense Staff General Christopher Musa, Chief of Defence Military Intelligence Major General Emmanuel Udiandeye, and President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, among others.
This high-powered delegation conveyed a message of solidarity from the Chairman of the ECOWAS Committee of Heads of State and President of Nigeria, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu, along with messages from other ECOWAS Heads of State and Government. The visit underscores the commitment of ECOWAS Member States to preserving democracy and promoting good governance in the sub-region.
During the meeting, the delegation reiterated their dedication to working collaboratively with Sierra Leone’s government to prevent potential security challenges in the future. This demonstration of regional solidarity highlights the importance placed on fostering stability and security across West Africa.
President Bio, in response, emphasized his government’s unwavering commitment to democracy, justice, and the well-being and safety of Sierra Leone’s citizens. He expressed gratitude for the substantial support received from key allies in the region and worldwide. Sierra Leone’s leadership role in various global institutions will be maintained, reflecting the country’s positive contributions on the international stage.
Reflecting on Sierra Leone’s journey since the end of the unfortunate decade-long civil war 21 years ago, President Bio emphasized the nation’s dedication to preserving and promoting the hard-earned peace. The president’s assurance aligns with the collective vision of ECOWAS Member States to create a stable and democratic environment in the region.
As Sierra Leone stands at the crossroads of regional diplomacy, this visit marks an important moment in strengthening ties and collaborative efforts towards peace, security, and good governance in West Africa. The commitment expressed by both Sierra Leone and the ECOWAS delegation reflects a shared determination to confront challenges and build a prosperous future for the region.