Civil Society Consortium on Community Accountability and Service Delivery comprising of over hundred civil society organizations countrywide have strongly condemned the unwarranted statements by individuals on social media platforms that threaten the peace and stability of the state and peaceful citizens.
The condemnation comes following the recent inciting audio message released on whatsapp by the SLPP National Grassroots President, Sahr Johnny, coupled with series of other incendiary audios earlier released by Adebayor, an opposition supporter living abroad
“This call was preceded by specifically Adebayor on several voice clips and videos inciting violent that led to the recent riots in Tombo, Lunsar and lately Makeni. Unfortunately, we have not heard from professed Democrats condemning the actions of Adebayor in particular,” he averred.
At a press briefing held yesterday at SLAJ Conference Hall in Freetown, the Consortium Coordinator, Sao Lamin, said the social media space is misused with voice clips by Adebayor, Sahr Johnny of SLPP and others who are in the habit of posting inciting messages that will lead to instability and loss of the hard won peace the people in the country are enjoying.
“The consortium viewed with concern that known and unknown persons are in the habit of making unwarranted pronouncements through whatsapp and text messages, audio messages and many other acts of threats and intimidation against the state and peaceful citizens of Sierra Leone” he revealed .
Thus, the Consortium has called on the military, police and other security apparatus to remain respectful to the National Constitution and the democratically elected government.
“We support the security forces to take very strong action to secure the lives and properties of the citizens, since government has the constitutional obligations to enforce law and order for peace and stability in Sierra Leone” he averred
While the Coordinator similarly implored them not to be carried away by instigating messages, he also urged citizens not to take the law into their own hands since it will lead to unjustified actions.
He further called on the international community and state human rights institutions to cooperate with the government to ensure that such actions are brought to rest, while calling on local democratic institutions for urgent action to enhance peaceful co-existence and stability for rapid national development.