Foday Moriba Conteh
Africa-Press – Sierra-Leone. In the wake of the disturbing incident that unfolded on Sunday, November 26, 2023, posing a serious threat to the nation’s security, the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) has issued a strong condemnation of the events and called for the steadfast application of the rule of law.
The NCD, in categorical terms, denounced the orchestrated attacks on the Military Armory at Wilberforce Barracks, the Military Headquarters at Cockerill and the security breach at the Male Correctional Centre. Recognizing the gravity of these actions, the NCD highlighted their potential to undermine the peace, stability and democratic good governance that Sierra Leone has been striving to consolidate.
Given Sierra Leone’s historical experiences with conflict, the NCD emphasized the nation’s collective determination to avoid a return to such dark times. The loss of any life through unscrupulous means is deemed detrimental to the overall development of the country and NCD urges all well-meaning Sierra Leoneans to unite in condemning these acts and to work collectively to prevent further bloodshed.
The NCD expressed deep concern about the sense of panic and fear that has gripped the nation, particularly in Freetown, following the release of inmates from the Male Correctional Centre. Questions were raised regarding whether the people of Sierra Leone deserve such a situation and whether they can enjoy the dividends of democracy, including peace, human dignity and sustainable development.
Despite the challenging circumstances, the NCD asserted that Sierra Leone deserves better, emphasizing the need for all stakeholders to prioritize the well-being of the people. While acknowledging the bravery of the military officers and security personnel who repelled the attackers, the NCD calls for a thorough and sincere investigation to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.
As the investigation unfolds, the NCD is reminding both the Government and the citizens that Sierra Leone is a nation under the rule of law. It emphasized the importance of legal accountability and remedies, urging everyone to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. The NCD expresses confidence that upholding the rule of law would lead to the identification and prosecution of perpetrators, restoring normalcy to the nation.
In concluding its press release, the NCD affirmed its commitment to the peace and stability of Sierra Leone, advocating for the prevalence of the rule of law over lawlessness and arbitrariness.
It urges the nation to move in the right direction, allowing democracy to work in the best interest of Sierra Leone with a message that echoes a resounding “Yes” to peace and stability with the rule of law and a firm “No” to lawlessness as the country navigates through these challenging times.