President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attending the event in which he was awarded the Honorary Title of “Sri Lankadheeshwara Padmavibhushana” by the Sri Kalyani Samagridharma Maha Sangha Sabha at Kotte yesterday (02) said he is capable of bearing insults posed by certain people with equanimity.
“When I was sworn in as the President before the Ruwanweli Maha Seya, I said that I was elected by the majority of Sinhalese. I strongly believe that it is one of my top priorities to protect the Sinhalese Buddhists who had made many commitments to make me the First Citizen and the legacy. It should be specifically noted that I am always committed to it and have made an environment where citizens of fellow religions can live freely and without fear and doubt, due to my discipline and influence of being a Buddhist,” the President said.
He added: “We were able to successfully contain the pandemic which swarmed across the whole world for two years. But I with equanimity have the capacity to bear the insults and defamation aimed at me by certain people due to the economic and social pressure it caused to the people. Also, it is doubtful whether any of the people who insult me have ever served the country even by an inch of what I have done to this country in my lifetime. I am ready to embark on a new journey, overcoming the obstacles we have encountered so far, and to fulfill the aspirations of the people who elected me as President of this country. I declare before this Most Venerable Maha Sangha that I am ready to take the necessary decisions for them.