Pan-African Group Preaches Peace & National Cohesion


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

A Pan-African Diplomatic, Educational and Entertainment Group recently visited Sierra Leone to talk on peace and national cohesion and the value of African tradition, culture and norms.

The mandate of the Pan-African Group is to spread the message of peace, unity, reconciliation, forgivenss, tolerance, cooperation, cultural exchange and African integration.

In his statement, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Pan-African Group, Prince H. Malaki from South Africa said Sierra Leoneans as a nation need to learn from their past and to also learn how to think and manage their problems. He stressed that the current government must understand the pain of peace and not to allow its citizenry to live as foreigners in their own country.

Mr. Malaki noted that President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio must think about building the country, whilst he cautioned Sierra Leoneans to learn to live together. “If I punish you, I punish myself,” he stressed.

Mr. Malaki averred that mistakes done by previous governments should inspire the current government to do better for its citizenry, noting that Sierra Leone belongs to Sierra Leoneans and not the so-called politicians, adding that there should be a pyramid of peace wherein bygones should be bygones. He urged politicians of the various political parties to work together and share ideas as one people.

Mr. Malaki noted further that culture is peace and patriotism and therefore urged Sierra Leoneans to teach their children about national cohesion and share their cultural values with them. He averred that politicians must not tell the people how but show them how to manage peace and social cohesion as, according to him, Sierra Leoneans need each other.

Mr. Malaki disclosed that their mission is to look for problems and solve them, adding that politicians must stop telling the problems, but to seek solutions for problems Prince.

He however expressed disappointment with Sierra Leoneans for their lack of cultural values in clothing and fabrics despite he said the country has strong educational history.