“𝐊𝐮𝐬𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐄𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭…” 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐀𝐝𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐍𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐭 𝐊𝐮𝐬𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐚 𝐋𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞.

𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐥 𝟏𝟑, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒

In a momentous event, Her Excellency Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, the First Lady of Sierra Leone, delivered a stirring address at the discharge ceremony of rehabilitated Kush users.

“𝘒𝘶𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦, 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.” 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥.

This significant event attracted a distinguished presence of dignitaries, including government officials, representatives from international organisations, the National Drug Law Agency, the Sierra Leone police, and RSLAF.

Her Excellency called for the urgency of addressing the use and distribution of Kush and other drugs, emphasising their detrimental effects not only on individuals and their families but also on the entire nation. She called for concerted efforts to combat drug trafficking, particularly targeting dealers involved in the illicit trade.

Highlighting the crucial role of parents in preventing drug abuse among youth, the First Lady urged parents to engage in open discussions about the dangers of drug use and to provide guidance and support to their children. She also expressed concern over the international community’s focus on the effects of drugs rather than addressing the root causes of drug abuse, while advocating for a comprehensive approach to tackle the issue.

Furthermore, the First Lady appealed to law enforcement agencies to intensify efforts to apprehend drug dealers, highlighting the importance of transparency in the arrest process as a deterrent to others involved in illicit activities. She urged parents to embrace their rehabilitated children with love and understanding, spotlighting the crucial role of familial support in preventing drug abuse.

In conclusion, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio’s speech highlighted the critical need for collaborative action to combat drug trafficking and substance abuse within communities. Her call for parental responsibility, critique of international approaches, and appeal to law enforcement underscored the holistic approach needed to address this complex societal issue.


Strategic Communications Division,

Office Of The First Lady,

Republic Of Sierra Leone.

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