President Ranil Wickremesinghe has succeeded in leading the country on the right path by taking charge at a very difficult situation, said the Chief Prelate of the Kotte Sri Kalayani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha of Siyam Maha Nikaya, Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Ven. Dr. Ittapana Dhammalankara Nayake Thera. He offered his blessings to the President to overcome all the challenges ahead.
Delivering a special sermon, the Mahanayake Thera made these remarks when President Wickremesinghe visited Sri Dharmavijayaloka Viharaya at Rukmale to obtain blessings of the Maha Sangha.
UNP Deputy Leader and Presidential Advisor Ruwan Wijewardene and former minister Daya Gamage and Anoma Gamage warmly welcomed the President when he arrived at the temple.
The Maha Sangha chanted Seth Pirith invoking blessings on the President.
The Mahanayake Thera said that President Ranil Wickremesinghe, as an experienced political leader, assumed the responsibility of the presidency at a very challenging time and wished the President the strength and courage to free the country and the people from the economic disaster the country is facing.
President Wickremasinghe opined that he was compelled to act constitutionally to safeguard the country and the people, no matter how much he lost personally. The President further said that the rule of law should be upheld to move a country forward.
Ven. Kotapitiye Rahula Thera, Anunayake Thera of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dhamma Maha Sangha Sabha, delivering a sermon, said that it is the government’s responsibility is to respect democracy and to allow peaceful protests as well as suppress illegal activities.
“You are a leader who has worked closely with the Maha Sangha. We are very pleased that you have become the President of this country. You have a good understanding of politics and have a wealth of experience. We are deeply saddened by the recent incident your private residence being set on fire. We regret that some monks and some religious leaders have engaged in politics beyond their limits in the past. As the Maha Sangha, we can only advise you”, the Thera further said.
“Leaders should work to build trust between the government and the people. But due to this not happening in the past, we had to face a problematic situation. Due to the prevailing situation in our country, no Constitution could be implemented. As the ruler, you are bound to enforce the law. It is not a wrongful act. We believe that you will create an environment where all the people of this country can live peacefully,” the Thera added.