By Varney K. Sirleaf
The Liberia Council of Churches has responded to a recent statement made by the Director General designate of the General Services Agency (GSA), Madam Mary T. Broh.
Madam Broh presented a statement at the Monrovia City Hall when she spoke at a program under the auspices of the Liberians for the Promotion of Peace and Democracy where she said that the Council of Churches has failed Liberians.
The LCC statement went on to explain that it is unfortunate that well placed Government official like Madam Broh who herself is a member of the Church could contradict what the LCC considers as an established truth on the role of the Church in the affairs of Liberia.
“The LCC will not allow itself to be distracted from its noble role of advocacy, peaceful negotiations, and to the promotion of peace and tranquility in our nation. Let it be made clear that the Council does not pre-occupy itself to carrying its activities in the media but rather in a way appropriate to its mediatory role,” the statement emphasized.
The statement calls on Madam Broh and others who have been making public statements against the LCC to do more by researching facts on the pivotal roles the Council played in the country.
The release concluded by calling on all well meaning Liberians to put Liberia first in whatever they do, be it their utterances, actions and work to ensure a peaceful and stable country.
Meanwhile the General Overseer of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church International (APCI), Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown in an interview with this paper yesterday called on the Director General designate of the General Services Agency (GSA) Madam Mary T. Broh to apologize to the LCC for statement attributed to the Council that she has failed to maintain peace in the country.
Rev. Brown who is the First Vice President and now Acting President of the Liberia Council of Churches said that the LCC is committed to maintaining peace in Liberia and will always fight for the general good of the country.
The Pentecostal Prelate emphasized that different times have different approaches and stated further that the Church in time past advocated for freedom of the press and free speech, and today people are speaking freely.
He said that the Council mediates, reconciles emerging and existing problems in the country. “We are using the advance approach to solving problems as time changes; we must also change the way of solving problems,” Rev. Brown explained.
Rev. Brown further argued that if the Church has failed as insinuated by Madam Brown then, she Broh has also failed because she claims to be a Christian. He pointed out the numerous contributions of the LCC to Liberia in various sectors including education, health and social welfare of the people of Liberia.
On the issue of people calling on the President to resign, Rev. Brown said every citizen has the right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech which should never be denied from all citizens.
“No voice should be silenced by anybody, that is what democracy is about,” the Clergyman said.
He called on all Liberians not to compromise the peace and stability of the country stating that dialogue is always the best way to solve problems. See full text below:
The Liberian Council of Churches (LCC): A Response to Claims of Failing the Liberian People Dated October 8, 2013
The Liberian Council of Churches hereby responds to a recent claim by General Services Agency Director, Mary T. Broh on 7th October 2013, following panel presentations at the Conference Room of the Monrovia City Hall, under the auspices of the Liberians for the Promotion of Peace and Democracy that “the Liberian Council of Churches has failed Liberians;” and subsequently published in both the print and electronic media.
This statement on the part of the GSA Director comes barely three days after Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Dr. Amos Sawyer of the Good Governance Commission, UNMIL, UN Peace-building Office and others, in a meeting with the Liberian Council of Churches, affirmed the positive role the Church has and continues to play before and since the inception of the Liberian crisis, not to mention the immense contributions of the LCC through its member churches to the Health, Education and other sectors of our nation. We do not wish to bore the Liberian public with a list of LCC’s contributions to this nation.
It concerns the Liberian Council of Churches that a well-placed Government Official like Madam Broh, herself a member of the Church, could so easily contradict what we consider as nationally established truth on the role of the Church in the affairs of our nation especially as regarding peace and Reconciliation. All Liberians know that since 1990 the churches in Liberia have been the bedrock for the attainment and promotion of peace. Recently the LCC has remained engaged with all sides with dissenting opinions to government including working to abort the April 12th, 2013 demonstration that was planned for the resignation of President Sirleaf.
The LCC considers this statement not only as a deviation from nationally accepted truth, but also as one which contravenes the spirit of national reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.
The Council of Churches does not in any way claim perfection in all that it has done over the years, but seeks to drive home the globally-accepted principle that motivation to do more begins at the point of appreciation for what is already done.
The Liberian Council of Churches remains ever committed to God’s Ministry of Peace and Reconciliation, both in its vertical and horizontal dimensions. The Council has never, is never, nor is she ever going to fail the Liberian people. The LCC is opened and remains engaged with all Liberians for the consolidation of peace in the country. The LCC will not use its moral authority to adopt a hostile or adversarial posture to government and/or any other groups of Liberians but will continue to work for peace, justice and equality in the country.
The LCC will not allow itself to be distracted from its noble role of advocacy, peaceful negotiations, and to the promotion of peace and tranquility in our nation. Let it be made clear that the Council does not pre-occupy itself to carrying its activities in the media but rather in a way appropriate to its mediatory role. The LCC therefore calls on Madam Broh and others who have been involved in making public statements against the LCC to do more by researching facts and the pivotal roles the Council played in our Country. For Madam Broh’s information, the Council was established in 1982 and not in the 70’s as she asserted in her statement.
We hope this clarification sets the record straight and that the Government of Liberia and/or the Liberia for the Promotion of Peace and Development can clarify whether or not the GSA Director spoke in their behalf.
The LCC renews its call on ALL Liberians to put the country first in their utterances and actions and work to ensure a more peaceful and stable Liberia. The way forward to resolve our differences is through DIALOGUE as required in Isaiah 1:18 which calls on us to “come now and let us reason together…”
MAY GOD BLESS AND PROSPER OUR NATION IN JESUS NAME!
Signed: Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown
ACTING PRESIDENT, LIBERIAN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES