Liberia: Security, Not Insecurity

Monrovia, Liberia, Photo Credit: Shadi Alkasim (Shadi_Alkasim, févr. 2019)


When a religious leader goes around with bodyguards holding guns, one knows immediately that the religious leader does not believe in Our Creator. One knows immediately that this religious leader does not trust our Creator. 

One knows immediately that this religious leader has a sense of insecurity rather than a sense of security. This religious leader talks that Our Creator is his security but practices insecurity by walking with the devil.

This practice of insecurity by the religious leader encourages any of his followers to follow the devil by engaging in ritualistic killings. This practice of ritualistic killings takes place because his followers believe that their self-interest can be protected only when they obey the will of the devil. The practice of ritualistic killings is not new in Liberia. 

Witness the case of Messrs. Anderson and Yancy who were accused of ritualistic killings and hanged to death by the State. Most recently, there is the case of the two-year old child who was ritualistically killed in Bong County. We are waiting to see the outcome of any State investigation into the case. We are still waiting for the outcome of the many mysterious death cases that have taken place recently. 

The State continues to talk about the importance of preventing violence but the State continues to take actions that promote violence. Witness the violent entry of thugs led by the Monrovia City Mayor into the University of Liberia Auditorium in military attire during a program honoring the Late Prof. Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer with no legal outcome as yet. Witness the mysterious deaths of State Auditors with no legal outcome as yet. But the State Police insists that they are prepared to work for FAIR elections in 2023.

Ritualistic killings continue because the killers believe that it is not possible to have any FAIR election under the prevailing UNFAIR electoral system as supervised by the National Election Commission (NEC) of Liberia. The electoral system in Liberia remains UNFAIR because it violates the Constitution of Liberia. 

For example: NEC does not meet the requirements about the citizenship of candidates; NEC allows foreigners to vote in Liberia: NEC allows citizens of Liberia to vote in Counties where they are not registered; NEC magistrates are money-driven; NEC has personalized ways of selecting NEC representatives at NEC voting centers and NEC is nepotistic as seen in the selection of relatives as vendors, not forgetting other violations by NEC of the Constitution.

In the midst of the violations of the Constitution of Liberia by NEC, it is no wonder that a top religious leader who Speaks Truth to Power said publicly that most State officials who are corrupt are Christians. Therefore, it is not surprising that some religious leaders are preaching security from Our Creator but practicing insecurity from the devil. Security can replace insecurity when the UNFAIR electoral system can be transformed into the FAIR electoral system. It is only through this transformation within the Rule of Law that persons with good records can be elected to bring in the system of Justice, the indispensable ingredient for Peace and Progress in Liberia and in any other Country.