Speaking with military firmness, President Koroma told the jam-packed crowd at the Brima Attouga Stadium in the Eastend of Freetown on Saturday, January 21, 2012 (where he had gone to launch the APC’s campaign to urge its partisans to register with the new biometric system for the November 2012 General elections in Sierra Leone), that the recent violence that erupted after a bi-election in the Fourah Bay area, Eastend of Freetown, “would never happen again”. President Koroma told the crowd that his government awaits the “investigation” of the police on the matter to know whether the police are ready to “live up to their responsibilities”; and, with a veiled threat – tinged with his resolve that the “Law is Supreme” – he said that henceforth his government would not just ‘investigate’ matters, but, would take resolute action to prevent such violence, and bring to book perpetrators.The crowd cheered wildly
He said the International Criminal Court has “grabbed Charles Taylor…(former President of Liberia)”; and “Gbagbo is also facing the ICC”… (former President of Ivory Coast); “Some of them here will have to face the ICC too….”, for he has invited the ICC into Sierra Leone, the President of Sierra Leone said. He said that some of those who think they can stimulate violence with impunity may not be around to take part in the November, 2012 General Elections in Sierra Leone.The crowd shouted their approval.
While insisting that the ceremony was not one for political campaigning, President Koroma apparently lashed out at his political opponents who he obliquely accused of being behind the spate of political violence in the country: “Don’t take us back into the Darkness from which we have come from”.And, using the apt imagery of the APC party symbol, the sun, President Koroma said, “You can’t cover the sunlight.The sun’s light can’t be blocked.Even if you are in a hole, the sun’s light would manage to penetrate there…We are not turning back with the development we engaged in now…”. The crowd chanted praises to him enthusiastically; and the women broke into a Temne song that said, ‘It is not just bluffing that you will do this or that…You must show us what you can do, like our Ernest has done for us…’.