In the wake of a publication unveiling an alleged plan by Saudi Arabia to Islamize Liberia and nine other West African countries, Liberian Ambassador Wesley M. Johnson has called on government not to treat the issue lightly but to take precautionary measures to prevent any occurrence that would undermine the peace of the state.
The former Liberian Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London, who walked into the offices of the Daily Observer on May 5, 2014 upon reading our initial story on the alleged Saudi plan, acknowledged that Muslims are spreading all over the world with activities impeding the existence of peace.
While some Liberians are by faith Muslim, the Liberian Ambassador cautioned that state security has to work hard to prevent in Liberia activities carried out by Boko Haram, Al-Shabab, al-Qaeda and other religious extremist and militant groups in Africa and other parts of the world.
Although the authors of the document unveiling the plan to Islamize Liberia and West Africa are unknown, which in some ways makes the analysis to be unbelievable, Ambassador Johnson said it is difficult to rule out the report considering the prevailing activities of some Islamic believers around the world.
As the Muslim population grows in Liberia, he noted, it serves as a blessing for those perpetrating evil in other parts of the world because it will serve as strength for them.
“It would be good for government and citizens to put measures into place to prevent such a thing from happening here. It is certain that what happens in other places could happen here, too, but we must be eternally vigilant and take nothing for granted,” Ambassador Johnson added.
He said the information brings to mind the need for citizens to help security with information about suspicious activities of foreigners entering Liberia, including those coming through the country’s porous borders.
Unlike the past when Muslim women wearing black veils covering their faces were very few and far between, their numbers in Liberia have significantly increased, with many of them living in Monrovia.
Amidst this concern, the Ambassador told the Daily Observer that government also has to handle the matter with care to avoid internal conflict between Muslims and Non-Muslims.
It may be recalled that in 2011 conflict sparked up between Mandingos and other tribal groups in Lofa County, which led to deaths and destruction of properties. A similar incident occurred at Paynesville Red Light in 2004.
Following the Voinjama event, a member of the Muslim community wrote a letter to Saudi Arabia complaining to Muslims of that country that Liberian Muslims were not treated with dignity, requesting Arabian Muslims to assist Liberian Muslims tackle the issue.
Considering these instances and others that may possibly happen in line with perception created by this published Saudi information, Ambassador Johnson indicated that Liberians need to be bold to admit their faults and truly reconcile to be together rather than harbor divisive minds.
He also clarified that he had not resigned as an Ambassador as the information in the said article indicated, but confirmed that he is no longer an accredited ambassador to London.