Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said he would fulfill all responsibilities to protect, preserve and nurture Buddhism as a Buddhist and as enshrined in the Constitution.
Sirisena made these remarks at the religious ceremony to mark the 95th birthday of the Maha Nayaka of the Ramanna Chapter Most Ven. Napane Premasiri Thero, on Nov. 27 at the Sri Vidyasagara Piriven Temple, Hurikaduwa, Menikhinna, Kandy.
Sirisena opened the newly built golden fence at this occasion. Also, the new Bhikku Hostel and the alms-hall were vested with the Maha Sanga.
Sirisena congratulated the Premasiri Mahanayake Thero and offered a souvenir him. The Thero also presented a souvenir to the President.
The President, who commended the service of the Maha Nayaka Thero to the Shasana and society, stated that the Buddhist monks like Ven. Napane Thero are a pride not only to the Bhikku society, but also to the entire country.
Sirisena further stated that the young Buddhist monks should study the exemplary character of Most. Ven. Napane Premasiri, who was honored and respected by all Buddhist people in world as a disciplined and erudite Bhikku.