Information Minister Lewis Brown has called on Liberians to think of measures that would maintain and enhance peace and stability as well as law and order as the U. N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) prepares to depart the country.
“If we do not collectively keep the country safe, it will be us and our children that will pay the high cost of instability and not the citizens of other countries,” he observed.
Minister Brown proffered the challenge at the Information Ministry special press briefing Wednesday.
“We will strengthen the security sector by building a strong army that can protect our borders, as well as invest in other democratic institutions such as the courts across the country,” Brown asserted.
He stressed that Liberians need to stop criticizing the security forces and begin to “appreciate the little things they have done to curtail anti-peace activities because the government cannot build a country of entirely armed personnel.”
“Liberia has come a long way in making lots of progress; these were recently tested by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, and we, as a people, contained the situation,” he said.
It can be recalled that in 2012, UNMIL withdrew its forces from Sinoe, Rivercess, GrandKru and Grand Bassa counties as part of Phase One of its drawdown that is expected to end in June 2016.
In 2014, under its Phase Two drawdown, UNMIL withdrew its troops from Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount counties. LINA