Via The Patriotic Vanguard: Issa Catco Leads Muslims in Fight against Ebola. Excerpt:
As the Ebola epidemic takes a deadly toll within what is called the Mano River basin, that is, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, Muslims led by popular business magnate Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara have joined the government and other organizations in curbing its spread within the country.
The initiative came out of a meeting organized on June 28 at the office of Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara (photo) , the National President of the Forum of Islamic Organizations, which is an umbrella organization of Islamic organizations in the country.
The three main Muslim sects in the country Shiite, Sunni and Ahmadiyya were represented.
Catco, as he is popularly known, commended His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma for his development initiatives within the past years. He described President Ernest Koroma as a visionary leader who also empathizes with Muslims. He noted that the president had been giving support to the Muslim community over the years which contributed to the strengthening of religious tolerance that is already a mark of emulation world wide.
He reminded them of the Forum’s vision statement, which is “To see a country where Muslims belonging to every sect (Sunni, Ahmadiyya, Shiite) living in harmony, dynamically participate in national and international programmes for the benefit and prosperity of the religion, despite their varying religious beliefs."
He called on the three Muslims sects to put aside their differences and resolve to jointly lead a crusade against the Ebola epidemic.
Sheikh Ahmad Tejan Sillah the Spiritual Leader (Shiite) and Chief Imam of the Freetown Central Mosque said the Ebola outbreak was a concern to every Sierra Leonean.
“As religious leaders, we should take the lead in sensitizing our congregations on ways of preventing the spread of the epidemic. We should also collaborate with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation”, he said.