The Executive Mansion has rejected categorically a very detailed research document by three Muslim “women’s rights activists” from the Middle East, disclosing a purported plan by Saudi Arabia to Islamize the entire world, including using Liberia as a fertile ground for its plans for West Africa.
According to the 14-page comprehensive and detailed essay by the three women—Anahita Ghorbani, Iranian women’s rights activist, Yafiah Assouin, PhD, Syrian women’s rights activist and Shada Al Zahrani, Saudi journalist, “The Saudis’ plan for Liberia is first to ensure that a candidate of Muslim faith and background contests and wins the Liberian presidency. “To do this, the Saudis brought the Kuwaitis on board to influence Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in identifying and supporting such candidate. The bottom-line is to make Liberia an indirect Muslim nation through the application of aspects of the Sharia law when at such time a Muslim becomes president,” the three women scholars said among other things.
This has not gone unnoticed by the Government of Liberia, which has reacted sharply through the Executive Mansion to the allegation made by these women.
The Executive Mansion issued a statement on Monday saying that Government of Liberia has seen and analyzed the article entitled, “The Syrian War, Saudi Arabia’s Struggle for Global Influence, and Control of Africa,” written by one Anahita Ghorbani and published on the online website, Elombah.com.
“The article makes certain references to Liberia’s relations with some countries in the Middle East, the perceived religious divide in our country, and cast aspersion on the First Family with absolutely no respect for truth and objectivity”, the Executive Mansion statement says. “It is an article written to provoke and incite with the intention of wiping up religious hatred and division at a time when our country is undergoing reconstruction and searching for reconciliation with full democratic participation of all our people.”
According to an Executive Mansion release, the intention of the author is plain: “to drive a wedge between our people based on religious intolerance and ethnic hatred. The article is written with bias and utter contempt for the intelligence of our people who have survived wars, bitterness and countless tragedies in their history and are now trying to rebuild their lives and reconstruct their country for the benefit of all their children.
“This Republic is noted for religious tolerance and ethnic cooperation in nation building. The Constitution of our Republic protects all and sundry irrespective of creed or ethnicity. The democratic space which is evolving has its foundation in our Constitution which protects and promotes life, liberty and human development.
“An article written with malice and meant to undermine the unity and progress of our people is unworthy of the noble ethics of Journalism. It approaches the Liberian reality with shortsightedness and falsehood. It is a pitiful attempt to distort and thus deserves our condemnation and rejection.
“One has the right to write and speak responsibly with the intention of enlightening minds but not the right to distort, besmear and propagate falsehood with the obvious intention of promoting strife among the people.
“The Government of Liberia takes very seriously its responsibility toward the safety and protection of its people. It understands the mandate given it by the people of Liberia to build a country of equal justice, religious tolerance and the democratic participation of all. It is in this light that it condemns unreservedly all attempts to divide our people and put us on the path of ethnic cleansing and religious bigotry.
“The publication as established is filled with lies, deception and falsehood. The writers exert that President Sirleaf was once a Muslim by marriage and that her late husband was also a Muslim. While the right to a choice of religion is personal and guaranteed under Liberian laws and that the President would have committed no crime if she or her late husband were Muslims, the assertion is simply false and misleading.
“The truth is that the President’s late husband was a devout United Methodist, a factor that moved President Sirleaf over from the Presbyterian Church to becoming Methodist.
The writer also referenced ULIMO-J, a warring faction during the Liberian crisis, as Muslim dominated faction. This falsehood can best be judged by Liberians since they are fully aware of the composition of ULIMO-J then.
“As the backdrop of all these misleading information, the Government wonders as to how anyone could give credence to such mischief.”
The Liberian Daily Observer Newspaper has always prided itself in taking great pains to handle sensitive stories with the greatest professionalism and care. By the same token, however, never have we decided not to publish a plausible story just because it is controversial. We believe that in this day and age of Boko Haram-style terrorism that has terrorized an entire nation, absolutely NOTHING is to be dismissed or taken for granted. Every hint, clue and morsel of intelligence must be analyzed and sifted through. The fact that there will be some parts that are far-fetched does not warrant dismissing the entire document.
It is against this background that the Liberian Observer finds the Executive Mansion’s response dangerously short-sighted. The Observer story did point out the parts of the story it found to be factually incorrect, such as the allegation that Sirleaf was once a practicing Muslim. Upon receiving the report, the Observer immediately contacted the Executive Mansion for a reaction (which was never received until after the story was published). The Executive Mansion was expected to take its time to analyze the document, conduct an investigation and ask the relevant questions. Such was the purpose of the publication.
What we do understand, however, is that if a Nigerian newspaper had published this document 10 years ago, the Nigerian government would have had the same response: “Our people are united; that could never happen here.” Today, the Boko Haram terrorist movement has spread far beyond the Nigerian government’s capacity to handle.
If even the United States lived to regret ignoring similar intelligence reports, how can a small nation such as Liberia be so short-sightedly dismissive?