The Presidential Spokesman of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) Party Alhaji Alpha Kanu at the conference of the Association of Episcopal Conference of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA) used the platform to appeal to all Catholics to dialogue with the government so that they can get their schools back and help to rebuild the educational system in the country.
The Catholic Church the Presidential Spokesman said has played an important role not only in the educational development but in the general “social development in us Africans.”
Alhaji Kanu narrated that “it came at a time when human sacrifices were norms all over the world. It was the churches and mosques that discouraged such acts.”
During the 18 and 19th century and the early part of the 21st Century, he explained, Sierra Leone was classed as the anthens of West Africa “ I believe the credit for that goes to the churches, to the missions, but we are no longer in that category because the standard in the educational system has fallen.”
“Some 20- 30 years ago whether by mistake or some vicious design a lot of the schools run by churches were taken over by government and that is where our problems started.”
The APC Spokesman averred that he had taken the first step to return back a school which was built by his late uncle in Lokomasama although his tribesmen were not in support of the idea “but I told them I want the mission to instill the kind of discipline in our children just as the ones they instilled in me, and so the school was handed over to the Catholic church.”
Speaking about religious tolerance in Sierra Leone Mr Kanu said that as he was talking for most Sierra Leoneans, he believes that this country enjoys religious tolerance more than any other country in Africa as he is a typical example who enjoys that right. He stressed “when I hear about wars between Muslims and Christians in other places we fail to understand here, really what is the problem that people slaughter each other because of religion?” he asked. “When we look at things, the part that we follow, the destination is the same. When you want to get to heaven then get to God and there is only one God maybe it is the means, the way to get to him that is different but all respect human right.”