By Joseph Sherman, Editor-in-Chief, Salone Monitor, Washington, DC
The Salone Monitor in the United States emphatically demands that abductors immediately and unconditionally release Deputy High Commissioner Alfred Nelson-Williams. Sierra Leone is a valued ally of Nigeria and both countries enjoy bilateral cooperation. Nigeria has worked closely with Sierra Leone to promote freedom, stability and to fight for democracy.
We also call upon the U.S. State Department to bring to bear what diplomatic power they have to press Nigeria and the so-called abductors to release Deputy High Commissioner Alfred Nelson Williams. The envoy, Alfred Nelson-Williams, was snatched on Friday as he was travelling by road from the Nigerian capital of Abuja north to the city of Kaduna.
The wave of kidnapping in Nigerian is sending bad signals to countries in Africa as to the moral and civility of Nigerians who are found all over Africa and beyond. Sierra Leone has been a friend and supporter of Nigeria politically, socially and educationally. Therefore, for abductors or criminally inclined pundits to use a Sierra Leonean diplomat as a pawn to achieve their selfish gains is totally unacceptable.
Sierra Leone is just emerging from two major catastrophes’. The 11 years civil war that destroyed the country and its economy and the Ebola virus that wiped out thousands of families. Therefore, for criminals to seek fortunes from a government that is trying to recover from these catastrophes is absurd and shameful.
With all the poverty and hardship Sierra Leoneans are going through they have never resorted to criminal behaviors of abducting individuals for their selfish gain. Sierra Leoneans depends on Divine providence rather than resorting to terror.
With that been said, we called on the United Nations, the Western world and human rights organization to press on the kidnappers to immediately and unconditionally release Deputy High Commissioner Alfred Nelson-Williams. As the Salone Monitor stands for Advocacy, Social Justice and Democracy, we called on Sierra Leoneans worldwide to organize protests worldwide to press on Nigeria diplomatic missions in Sierra Leone and abroad to prevail on their government for the immediate and unconditional release of the Sierra Leonean diplomat.