At State House on Monday, January 15, 2024, in a significant move towards fostering national unity and cooperation, President Dr. Julius Maada Bio welcomed the leadership of the opposition All People’s Congress (APC). The meeting primarily focused on discussions regarding governance and a joint condemnation of the attempted coup that transpired on November 26, 2023.
Hon. Abdul Kargbo, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, conveyed gratitude to President Bio for the opportunity to engage in a dialogue during what he described as a crucial period in the country’s governance. He commended President Bio’s leadership style and expressed admiration for his commitment to the nation.
The APC leadership engaged in a frank discussion with President Bio, addressing issues related to former President Ernest Bai Koroma, emphasizing peace, security, national cohesion, and the implementation of the “agreement of national unity.” Hon. Abdul Kargbo described the meeting as fruitful, highlighting the commitment to ongoing constructive engagement.
During the meeting, the opposition leaders conveyed their support for the Government’s success and unequivocally condemned the failed coup attempt. They expressed their dedication to collaborating with the Government to ensure a thorough investigation into the incident, underlining the importance of accountability.
Hon. Kargbo underscored the role of the opposition in governance, assuring their commitment not only to supporting the Government but also to holding it accountable in the pursuit of democracy and development.
President Julius Maada Bio reciprocated the sentiment, expressing gratitude to the opposition leaders for their visit and for condemning the attempted coup. The meeting served as a platform for discussions aimed at promoting peace, security, national cohesion, economic development, and social progress.
Key topics of discussion included the Peace Agreement signed between the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Government and the APC, aimed at resolving post-election impasses between the two parties. President Bio assured the opposition delegation of his commitment to the peace pact, reaffirming his dedication to upholding the rule of law and fostering national cohesion in Sierra Leone.
President Bio, emphasizing the importance of dialogue in politics, encouraged a spirit of learning from each other and addressing differences in the interest of peace and national unity. The commitment to regular engagement was highlighted as a positive step towards building a collaborative and cohesive political landscape in Sierra Leone.