On Proposed “Christian State:” Muslim Council Breaks Silence

By Jefferson D.Tweh

The National Muslim Council of Liberia has broken silence on National Constitution Review conference, which was held in Garnga City, Bong County, March 29, and April 2, 2015, where delegates considered a proposition that seeks to declare Liberia as a Christian nation.   Speaking at the press conference over the weekend in Monrovia, the Secretary General of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, Mr. Sheikh Akibu Sherif disclosed that the National Muslim Council of Liberia obviously and absolutely disapproved of the proposition, especially as it introduces a dimension that is poised to exclude certain segments of our society from national or other practical purposes.

Mr. Sherif lamented that the National Muslim Council of Liberia believes that any action, decision or other response from the Islamic community must be undertaken in a way and manner that reflects the community’s adherence to the rule of law, respect for the rights of all and with a commitment to the sustenance of peace and stability in Liberia.

According to Mr. Sherif, the National Muslim Council of Liberia has constituted a 100-member committee to lead nationwide consultation towards considering a full response to this episode.

Mr. Sherif explained that ahead of the adoption of the formal position, the National Muslim Council of Liberia is calling all Muslims and persons from other faiths and persuasions to exercise restraint, especially at this time.

“The National Muslim Council of Liberia, as an important faith-based stakeholder in the Liberian body politics, remains engaged with collaborative efforts to support and sustain development, peace and stability in Liberia, ”Mr. Sherif concluded.

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