President of Sierra Leone unveils successor to Nigerian community

Ernest Bai Koroma

President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has unveiled his successor and Flag bearer of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), Matthew Samura Kamara, to the Nigerian community.

He said the unveiling was due to Nigeria’s involvement in the economy and private sector in Sierra Leone.

Koroma an interactive session with the Nigerian Community at the weekend in Abuja expressed his gratitude to Nigeria for supporting his administration, adding that Nigeria was an important part of Sierra Leone as it supported the country over the years.

He said he visited Nigeria to bid the country farewell as President following the expiration of his second tenure on March 7, 2018.

While introducing Kamara he said: “After dissolving the Parliament on December 7, 2017, I immediately started a road show in the country to thank the people of Sierra Leone for giving me the opportunity to serve as president and to also introduce my successor and I say it in definite terms.”

Koroma pointed out that the ruling party endorsed Kamara because of his experience in governance and had worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank.

He had also served as Financial Secretary, Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, Minister of Finance and until recently Foreign Minister.

“As I am leaving, I believe he is the most appropriate person to continue with the Sierra Leone and Nigeria engagement.

“He has been part and parcel of what we have done and I believe whatever challenges we had in some of the relationship, he has the experience to address them, so that we can have an excellent relationship, not only at governance level but also at private sector and people to people level,” he stated.

He acknowledged that during the time of crisis in the country, Nigeria supported them and saved the soul of Sierra Leone before United Nation and other agencies came in.

Koroma added that as the country was developing and positioning itself for Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), they are looking forward to more of Nigeria’s participation in that regard.

Speaking, Kamara noted that Sierra Leone was a Limited Liability company and that he was in Nigeria to urge the people to partake in the country’s share capital, which was endless.

“I know what it means to have Nigeria behind you. President Koroma had built the necessary foundation for private sector investment with strong economic base, social part and a secure environment,” he said.

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