Mr outgoing President, the outgoing Vice President My Lord the Chief Justice members of the diplomatic corps my fellow citizens let me humbly ask you to join me in thanking the almighty god for giving me the opportunity to stand before you today at the end of this long political journey to the presidency of our beloved country Sierra Leone. Through the democratic process and backed by the will of God you have exercised your free will and chosen me as your President. I accept this enormous responsibility with a profound sense of pride and modesty. Let me also express my sincere thanks and a deep gratitude to you Sierra Leoneans for your contributions in diverse ways in making this day a reality.
To the National Electoral Commission I must register my special thanks and appreciation for your good efforts and commitment in conducting free, fair, transparent and credible parliamentary and presidential elections. In particular my boundless thanks go to the Chairperson Dr Christiana Thorpe. You personally demonstrated your commitment to the ideals of democracy. Your transparent and fair manner in which you conducted the electoral process will go down in history as the best so far.
Let me thank you your Excellency Alhaji Dr Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, for the fair manner in which you have managed and supervised this process. No doubt a reflection of your deep sense of commitment to public duty – your Excellency I thank you. I will also like to register sincere gratitude and appreciation of the efforts of the international community in promoting peace, democracy in Sierra Leone. Indeed you have spared neither effort nor your resources to ensure that peace, democracy and the rule of law prevail in Sierra Leone. To you also members of the international community I say thank you.
My fellow citizens the long journey is over we the people of this beautiful country called Sierra Leone must take this opportunity to congratulate ourselves in our historic resolve to ensure the victory of democracy and in the free exercise of the will of our people. Let us view this victory not as a victory for any particular group or political party or region or religion but a victory for all Sierra Leoneans. Let us now begin the process of healing the wounds that suddenly and unnecessarily appeared in the course of this political campaign. Let us endeavour to reconcile ourselves as one nation under God sharing our joys and our sorrows together. Let us put aside forever the things that divide us and build on those good things that unite us, in our cultural and ethnic diversity. To this end I pledge to all Sierra Leoneans my commitment to bringing this nation and its people together. I will therefore call on everybody to go back to work in peace and tranquility and continue serving the nation to the best of their abilities.
My government will support and stand by all those who make a honest contribution to the welfare of their families and to the nation in general. We shall however not hesitate to deal firmly with those who chose to operate outside the framework of the law. My government a government of national unity in which nobody should feel threatened will adopt zero tolerance on corruption and the mismanagement of state resources.
I am aware of the task ahead of us and I know it will not be easy but we shall exert maximum effort and energy to make our nation the pride in our sub region and the international community as a whole.
We know how high your expectations are and you have every justification to expect much from us. You have suffered for too long and we will endeavour to ease your pain and lighten your burden. Let me assure you that for this government failure is not an option. With you as our backbone and with God as our guide we shall succeed. I invite all Sierra Leoneans to now join me in making the change together. I thank you and may God bless us all.