The Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations and Coordinator of the African Union Committee of Ten ( C-10) on the UN Security Council Reform, Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, has told Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora that the Government of Sierra Leone, under the inspiring leadeship of President Ernest Bai Koroma, was more than determined to win the battle against the Ebola Scourge presently ravaging the West African Sub-continent.
The Minister described as mischievous a recent report in the NEW YORK TIMES which stated that international medical authorities in Sierra Leone had given up on Ebola, which has killed thousands of people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
MINISTER KABS-KANU : “PRESIDENT KOROMA AND GOVERNMENT ARE GOING ALL OUT TO WIN THIS EBOLA BATTLE”
Addressing members of the Mabohanday Organization and hundreds of guests who had attended the Organization’s Fundraising Dance and Cultural Show at Franklin Township, Somerset , New Jersey last Saturday, Minister Kabs-Kanu , who also owns and publishes the Cocorioko Newspaper , said that the New York Times report did not reflect the position of the Sierra Leone Government. The Minister told his audience, amidst cheers, that President Koroma and government were very determined to win the battle and and they are hopeful that the Ebola virus would be contained and ultimately defeated. He therefore appealed to Sierra Leoneans not to lose hope and to continue praying for the nation . Mr. Kabs-Kanu was the Grand Chief Patron at the occasion, which drew Sierra Leoneans from different parts of the Continental USA.
AFTER THE OCCASION : FROM LEFT , THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF MABOHANDAY AND ALSO OF THE APC NEW JERSEY CHAPTER, MR. ALIMAMY TURAY; MINISTER KABS-KANU AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE APC NEW JERSEY CHAPTER, MR. PAVI JALLOH
Minister Kabs-Kanu said that as a manifestation of the Government’s determination to defeat the Ebola scourge, the Government imported 20 more ambulances this weekend to convey the sick to treatment centres being built around the country and 10 hearses to pick up dead bodies from homes.
The C-10 Coordinator also called on his audience to disregard much of the nonsense being written by disgruntled and unpatriotic Sierra Leoneans in online forums and the social media . He said that these comments were designed not only to belittle government’s efforts to address the scourge, but damage the reputation of the Government. He described the writers as detractors , who want to see the government fail. He told the crowd to remain optimistic and join Ebola initiatives in their communities so that “We can all fight and defeat this dangerous scourge as a team. ”
The Chief Patron of the occasion, Rev. Dr. Victor Fakondo, a pharmacist and the Proprietor of the Marie Technologies Nursing Institute of New Jersey, who is also one of the leaders of the Concerned Citizens Fighting the Ebola Outbreak, addressed the program. He said that with Ebola ravaging their country, it was imperative for all Sierra Leoneans to unite and be patriotic and help to fight the Ebola problem. The Chief Patron said that when any nation faces such a problem like the Ebola outbreak, citizens should join hands to find a solution.
THE REV. DR. VICTOR FAKONDO ADDRESSING THE MABOHANDAY DANCE AND CULTURAL SHOW
The Pharmacist said that Sierra Leoneans cannot claim to be committed to the Ebola fight while not participating in the many initiatives in the community designed to mobilize support for the Ebola fight. He admonished every Sierra Leoneans to become a part of the Defeat Ebola initiative by joining and taking active part in the crusade to rid Sierra Leone of Ebola. He was confident that with united action, the battle against Ebola would be won.
Earlier, the Rev. Sam Pratt of Maryland, prayed fervently for Sierra Leone, praying for God’s mercies to help the nation overcome the Ebola scourge.