As part of his speech during the State Opening of Parliament last week, President Ernest Bai Koroma says that “Sierra Leone is no longer a country of blood diamonds,” as widely portrayed all over the globe.
He said Sierra Leone is now a country where peace and stability reigns;
where fruitful advice is sought for the consolidation of peace and
tranquility in the sub-region and other parts of the world; giving
support to peace building initiatives by sending troops on peace
missions to countries that are in war.
The President said that Sierra Leone has conducted peaceful, free, fair
and largely credible post-war elections that have subsequently become
the envy of the world.
He said that other countries, especially peace-loving ones are now
emulating Sierra Leone to enhance their democracies and peace-building
Therefore, he went on, for such insinuations which have bedeviled the
country for so long, his new administration is going to considerably
improve on the image- building efforts in a bid to further attract
investment. This, he said, will send a picture all over the world that
Sierra Leone is indeed not only the Athens of Africa but a place where
peace, unity, religious tolerance exists at their highest peak.