“Find Murder Culprits Before Investigating Arson Attacks”

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bhofal Chambers

— House Speaker Chambers on Maryland “gboyo” killing

Seemingly appearing unembarrassed by the arson attack on his properties in Pleebo, Maryland County, House Speaker, Dr. Bhofal W. Chambers has said that he wants the culprits of the recent murder of a young student of the Pleebo High School in Maryland County to be the primary focus of the security apparatuses under the joint security efforts restoring law order and civility.

Speaker Chambers says whilst he acknowledges the efforts of GOL joint security operations in the County following acts of civil disobedience and anarchy, he equally believes that focusing mostly on what triggered the citizens’ action to behave in such a manner in Pleebo and Harper Cities should be investigated to the core.

“May we as a people and government put the acts of vandalization and destruction of properties in the cities of Pleebo and Harper, including the destruction of my residence secondary to the prosecution of those involved in the murder of student Nyemah,” said Speaker Chambers.

Speaker Bhofal Chambers, who is also the District Representative of Pleebo-Sodoken, Maryland County in the 54th Legislature, says he views the burning of his premises in Pleebo and that of the vandalization of the County’s prison and Police Station as a diversionary act to put away or slow the security response in investigating the main issue surrounding the murder of student Mordecai Nyemah which has a semblance of “Ritualism.”

According to the Speaker, he is yet to understand any logical reasoning as to why people will destroy the Harper Prison and Police Station, where the primary suspect of the murder act was detained. He, however, blames the situation on persons he referred to as “Miscreants and dangerous elements” in Maryland County who want to subvert or delay the much needed justice the majority of Marylanders need.

According to a press statement released over the weekend in Monrovia, Speaker Chambers has called on all Marylanders bent on the perpetration of “Gboyo” to desist from this act he describes as a diabolical cultural practice.

The Speaker has also assured the public of his commitment to support the government to investigate, prosecute, and apply the law in its fullness to deter future occurrence.

“About the unprovoked arson attack on my premises in Pleebo City, Pleebo-Sodoken District, and the vandalization and destruction of government’s properties including the impeding of normal business activities and the movement of peaceful citizens, we believe strongly that same do not represent the majority of our people and the patriotic citizens of our community, Pleebo-Sodoken District and all of Maryland,” the Speaker intoned.

Meanwhile, Speaker Chambers in a press statement has lauded President George M. Weah for his decisiveness in taking a hands-on approach to restore calm in Maryland County.

“Now that the President has imposed curfew in Maryland County, I crave the indulgence of all persons within the territorial boundaries of Maryland County to abide by the requirements set forth for the enforcement of the curfew,” Speaker Chambers said.

The Speaker has also acknowledged the concerns of all his well-wishers and Colleagues of the 54th Legislature and other Officials of Government, friends and family members who called to send messages of consolation following the incident.

He has cautioned Liberians in and out of the Country not to see violence as a means to draw attention or settle disagreements even if they are hurt, but to always find recourse through the law as a path to settle differences.  

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  1. My attention is drawn to the last paragraph in this commentary says: “He (referring to Chambers) has cautioned Liberians in and out of the country not to see violence as a means to draw attention or settle disagreements even if they are hurt, but to always find recourse through the law as a path to settle differences.”

    As rosy and as consoling Chamber’s statement might be, it however forms the basis for why the rioters acted like they did. Their swift and harsh reactions emanated from the fact the government had always interpreted their civic demeanors as being a powerless and exploitable bunch.

    I am not an advocate of violence, but Chambers advice seemingly point to the Biblical turn-the-other cheek approach. Yes, the Bible says that as Christians we should forgive one another 70×7 times which is 490 times. Nonetheless, only the literalist will believe that because it did not mean that an individual should remain helpless and docile in the face of continuous injustices. It meant for as long as one’s tolerance can withstand the punches.
    Relating to this passage, I said this once in one of my Sunday school classes, and it evoked group laughter: “Depending on how I feel when the assailant throws the first punches at me, I will retaliate immediately for I am not going to be another person’s punch bag neither am I going to open the door to a floodgate of abuses.”

    With all the experiences Liberians have already had with this administration, is it not pathological and suicidal to continuously accept the notion that an exercise in passivity is the right course or the panacea to the bane of ritualistic murders and other grave constitutional infringements on their rights?

    The people that struggle to manumit themselves from the yoke of oppression must never accept blackmail. Why? Because once they do, they will always stand to defend themselves from the unjust onslaught of their oppressors.

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