Sierra Leonean President visits Aburihene

BY: Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson
Otoobour Djan Kwasi II (left), Aburihene, conferring with President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone during his visit to the palace. Picture: Maxwell Ocloo
Otoobour Djan Kwasi II (left), Aburihene, conferring with President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone during his visit to the palace. Picture: Maxwell Ocloo

President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone yesterday paid a courtesy call on the chiefs and people of Aburi in the Eastern Region on the final day of his two-day state visit to the country.

The Sierra Leonean leader decided to go to Aburi as part of his state visit because he had visited the town even before he became President.

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He and his entourage were welcomed in grand style with drumming and dancing and traditional prayers.

The Aburihene, Otoobour Djan Kwasi II, presented Kente clothes and a stool to President Bio and officially appointed him the Royal Akuapim Emissary to Sierra Leone.

President Bio also visited the Aburi Botanical Gardens, where he planted an eucalyptus tree to symbolise his visit.


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Aburihene

In his welcome address, Otoobour Djan Kwasi II said the visit by the Sierra Leonean leader was testimony to the strong friendship between Ghanaians and Sierra Leoneans.

He described Aburi as the home of many nationals, including Sierra Leoneans.

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“Aburi’s unique weather attracts many people. We welcome you to make this place your vacation home,” he said.

Otoobour Djan Kwasi II praised President Bio for his commitment to replicate the free SHS policy of Ghana in Sierra Leone.

“Education is the key to development, and we are happy that you have embraced this initiative,” he said.

Appreciation

President Bio thanked the chiefs and people of Aburi for their hospitality and the honour bestowed on him.

“We appreciate the tradition that was exhibited here. I visited this community in the past and fell in love with Aburi long ago. Don’t be surprised if you find me here as a neighbour one day,” he said.

He said chieftaincy was crucial to national development and hinted that he might go into chieftaincy after his presidency.

“My grandfather and my father were paramount chiefs and maybe after the Presidency, I will become a paramount chief. “ he added.