‘Don’t Tamper with People’s Rights’

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– Catholic Church admonishes President Weah

The Catholic Church of Liberia, through its Bishops’ Conference (CABICOL), has called on President-elect George Weah and his team not to tamper with the rights of Liberian citizens, stressing in that way he would not jeopardize the country’s peace.

CABICOL’s secretary, Reverend Father Cephas Dennis, told reporters on Thursday in Monrovia that respect and protection of  citizens are inalienable rights that all Liberians, and those living within the country’s territorial limits, must enjoy to ensure the permanence and supremacy of peace.

Father Cephas Dennis assured the incoming government of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of the Catholic church’s commitment, as it has always done with past administrations.

CABICOL said its support for and launching of peace campaigns in the country will not stop until the desired objective of attaining peace with development is achieved.

“We have all run a good race and fought a good fight as it is written in the Bible. Liberia has won and we are immensely proud of this historic achievement,” Father  Dennis said.

He said during the 2017 electoral period, in a series of CABICOL pastoral letters and subsequent press statements, “we pledged our support to democratic governance and complemented government’s efforts through the provision of pastoral, psychosocial, health and educational cares for our people, irrespective of creed, gender or race.”

He assured the new administration of the church’s preparedness to offer prayers and advice aimed at seeking divine intervention in the country during  difficult and good times.

CABICOL then congratulated President-elect Weah; Vice President-elect Jewel Howard-Taylor; Speaker of the 54th Legislature, Bhofal Chambers; President Pro Temp of the Senate, Albert Chie; “and our brothers and sisters who were elected to represent our people in the Lower House.”

The Bishop’s conference also congratulated Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai for conceding defeat and extending a hand of cooperation to Senator Weah and all the participants in the 2017 elections.

“This is not only a sign of maturity in our emerging democracy, but a good example for all political actors and generations to come,” Father Dennis said.

CABICOL’s statement was signed by the Most Reverend Anthony F. Bowah, president of CABICOL, who resides in Gbarnga, Bong County; the Most Reverends Lewis Zeigler of Monrovia; and Andrew Karnley of Cape Palmas,  Maryland County.

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