President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma attended a spirited Christmas service at the Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone along Rogbaneh Road in Makeni yesterday Friday 25 December.

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The president, his wife Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma and their two daughters, Alice and Dankay also attended the service. The church’s pews were filled with congregants who could barely suppress their excitement over the visit.

The congregation, including the first family, rose to their feet during a rousing hymn sung by the choir in praise and worship.

In his address to the people, President Koroma said when Ebola struck it took all Sierra Leoneans on a national resolve to fight and defeat the virus together. He noted with emphasis that if such actions used in ending the outbreak are replicated, the nation will succeed in all its development aspirations and programmes. “We have to come together as a people and a community to deepen the development and transformation of the country,” he stressed.

The president reiterated the need for the nation to focus on fighting the Ebola of hatred, poverty and move towards developing the country.

He cited Sierra Leone’s development trajectory prior to the outbreak and how Sierra Leone was positioned and hailed by the international community for her resilience.

Immediately following the church service, the president and family visited the graveside of his parents where prayers were offered for them and the faithfully departed.