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Vice President Victor Foh in London

23 August 2015 at 09:17 | 1899 views

Sierra Leone’s Vice President , Hon. Victor Foh (centre in photo), has landed in London, UK, from Freetown via Brussels for an official visit. His Excellency was warmly welcomed by members of the Sierra Leone High Commission including High Commissioner Eddie Turay (first from left in photo)..

According to Chernor Ojuku Sesay at the Sierra Leone embassy in Brussels, Hon. Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh is leading a high-powered Sierra Leone delegation to attend this year’s Ahmadiyya Annual International Conference in London.

The VP’s delegation includes Hon. Ambassador Henry Macauley, Hon. Jengo P. Stevens (Special Adviser to the VP), Mr. Manso Samura (Liaison Officer to the VP), Superintendent Osman Sesay (ADC), Hon. Maya Kaikai (Resident Minister -East), Justice Abdulai Sheik Fofanah and Hon. Ishmail Al-Sankoh Conteh.

Meanwhile,according the public affairs unit of the Sierra Leone High Commission in London, the Vice President has been warmly welcomed in Alton, in the outskirts of London, where he served as Special Guest at the 49th anniversary of the Ahmadiyya mission.

Accompanied by the Special Adviser, Office of the Vice President Dr. Jengo Stevens and the Principal Liaison Officer Manso Samura, Honourable Victor Bockarie Foh was greeted by a high profiled team of the Ahmadiyya mission.

With Sierra Leone becoming a success story especially on the international front in recent years with the country having largely gone through the dreaded Ebola disease while still maintaining a stable economy with massive infrastructural successes having taken place, it was obvious that Foh’s presence at the conference would attract the international press.

In one of his interviews with Euro News, the Vice President said he was at the conference to demonstrate his government’s appreciation of the Ahmadiyya Mission in their their role in Sierra Leone.

"I bring message of peace and love from my boss His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and I am here today to manifest our government’s appreciation for the major role the Ahmadiyya Mission is playing towards the people of Sierra Leone," the Vice President said.

The Ahmadiyya Mission has been in Sierra Leone for over a century and they have been very supportive towards our people in Sierra Leone in various facet of society, according to the Vice President.

"They are doing so well for our country - building schools, hospitals and clinics and mosques – even in my village they are there, " he said.

"They don’t talk much but they work and deliver," he said and thanked the Mission for particularly standing by Sierra Leone during those difficult times when the Ebola virus was claiming the lives of the people of Sierra Leone.

"That is why I believe it is a big privilege being here as a Special Guest. We are a very peace loving nation and our country is on top in terms of religious tolerance with Christians and Muslims living together side by side in peace with lots of inter marriages here and there," he told newsmen.

At the conference itself, the Vice President reiterated his purpose of coming to bring the message of peace and hope to the Ahmadiyya Mission on behalf of his President.

Addressing the conference, which attracts high profile dignitaries including diplomats, government ministers and officials, the Asantehene (King of the Ashanti people of Ghana) among others, Foh gave a brief background of the mission’s operations in Sierra Leone and disclosed that he was proud to be one of the first indigenous Sierra Leonean teachers of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone.

The Asante King, Nana Asante 11 spoke about the importance of peace in religion and called on the Ahmadiyya Mission to work towards a wider peace for all Muslims.

There were also representatives from the British Conservative and Labour Parties respectively while complimentary messages were read out on behalf of the British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Secretary of State for International Development Justin Green, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and a few others.

The Momineen Khalifatul Masih V His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor, who was the main speaker of the occasion, received a standing ovation as he entered the jam-packed hall, which attracted over 2000 guests from all over the world.

In his address, he said there are over 207, 000 Ahmadiyya Missions established in the world with about 100 branches in the United Kingdom alone with Benin and Sierra Leone the first and second largest establishment of Ahmadiyya Missions.

Later Vice President Victor Foh presented a special message from his boss President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to His Holiness the Hazrat Amirul in a special engagement at his office.

Foh also had a separate engagement with the President of the Human Rights Division of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Sir Dr. Iyaaz Ahmad who expressed delight at meeting the Vice President.

"It’s an honour to meet with you and I am very proud of your country considering the positive news we have been hearing in recent years, Sir Dr. Ahmad said.

The theme of this year’s conference is LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE.

Other prominent Sierra Leoneans who graced the occasion were the Deputy Minister of Sports Al Sankoh,the Mayor of Makeni Sunkarie Kaba-Kamara and the Director General of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation, Elvis Gbanabom Hallowell.

Vice President Foh and the administrative and spiritual head of Ahmadiyya Mission His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

Vice President Foh and the President of the Human Rights Division of Ahmadiyya Sir Dr. Iyaaz Ahmad.

Makeni mayor Sunkarie Kabba-Kamara with Vice President Foh.

Vice President Foh speaking at the conference.