Welcoming Muslim Council’s Approach
THE NATIONAL MUSLIM Council of Liberia last week announced that it has constituted a 100-member committee to lead nationwide consultation towards considering a full response to recent proposition at the Constitution Conference held in Gbarnga City, Bong County, March 29, and April 2, 2015, that Liberia should be declared a Christian State.
BREAKING SILENCE ON this proposal, which has generated much public interest, the Secretary General of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, Mr. Sheikh Akibu Sherif, explained that ahead of the adoption of the formal position, the Council is calling all Muslims and persons from other faiths and persuasions to exercise restraint, especially at this time.
SPEAKING AT THE press conference over the weekend in Monrovia the Secretary General of the Council , however, indicated that the council is 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.
SHERIF LAMENTED that the National Muslim Council of Liberia believed 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.
SECRETARY GENERAL SHERIF said, “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”.
INDEED, WE WELCOME the approach being pursued by the Muslim Council that it has constituted a 100-member committee to lead nationwide consultation towards considering a full response to recent proposition at the Constitution Conference where delegates supported a proposition for Liberia to be declared a Christian State.
AS THE SECRETARY general said, we are aware that the council is an important faith-based stakeholder in the Liberian body politics, and therefore, hails its desire to remain engaged with collaborative efforts to support and sustain development, peace and stability in Liberia.
WE BELIEVE THAT consultation and positive engagement are crucial in such matter, rather than confrontational, as was in the case of the National General Assembly of the National Muslim Students Association of Liberia (NAMSAL), who made threatening statements and remarks following the outcome of the proposition.
AFTER MANY YEARS of bitter experiences on national issues, we, as a people and nation should by now know that confrontation to national issues have not produced anything positive; rather they have retarded national progress. This is why the approach to consult and keep engaged positively is necessary.
AGAIN, WE HAIL the Muslim Council for this positive initiative on this controversial issue. As one world leader, Winston Churchchill once said, “to jaw jaw; is always better than to war war.