|Dr Youngren Pays Courtesy Call on President Koroma|
By State House Communication Unit
Dr Peter Youngren and team on Wednesday February 15, 2017, paid a courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown.
Accompanying the 'Man of God', Bishop Archibald Cole said Dr Youngren was scheduled to hold a crusade in the country. He described the crusade to be unique as it will attempt to bridge the gap between Muslims and Christians.
President Koroma thanked Bishop Archibald Cole for facilitating the meeting and expressed delight for the different approach of Dr Youngren’s crusade.
“I am delighted that you are coming with a very different approach – that is reaching out to our Muslim brothers and sisters,” he said, adding that there is a common religious tie between Muslims and Christians in Sierra Leone.
President Koroma spoke of world peace being put under threat largely by political and religious intolerance. He pointed out that unlike some parts of the world, Sierra Leone is on record for her high sense of religious tolerance. "For us in Sierra Leone," he emphasized, "Muslims attend Christian events and Christians attend Muslim events vice versa."
Dr Peter Youngren commended Sierra Leone for her record on religious tolerance and profoundly thanked the president for creating the enabling environment. He said for religious tolerance to strive in a country, there must be strong leadership. He presented ‘inukshuk’, a native Canadian landmark he described as one of the symbols of Canada to President Koroma.
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