The Grand Mufti of Liberia Sheikh Abubakar Sumaworo has assured the Government of Liberia of the Muslim Community’s commitment to ensuring that peace remains a high priority and has also vowed to expose an element that wants to tarnish the good reputation of Muslims in Liberia.
Sheik Sumaworo’s assurance came in the wake of recent reports that Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist Group, has its eyes set on other West African countries, including Liberia. He noted that Liberian Muslims will resist any attempt by any group of individuals to subvert the country’s peace.
“They will have no place in Liberia,” he noted.
He said Islam is a religion of peace that considers co-existence as a priority and noted that some people are using the name of Muslims to bring a bad image to the Islamic religion. “We want you to join us to stop such people from coming to Liberia,” he told a gathering of Muslims and other Liberians of other faith.
Sheikh Sumaworo made the assertion on Sunday, June 17, at the Monrovia City Hall, where the Muslim community was invited to have dinner with Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee, to celebrate the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
“We will cooperate with every government security apparatus to ensure that bad elements don’t enter our beloved country to destroy our people,” he promised.
He said Muslims in Liberia and other parts of Africa understand the negative impact Boko Harm’s activities are having in Nigeria and other neighboring countries. “We don’t want them to come here, we are not part of them, and they are not part of us,” he noted.
He further called on business people in the country to be careful, and that they should not use their money to incite their children to become rebels against the country’s inherited legacy, which has brought the strong unity between Muslim and Christian communities.
He thanked Mayor Koijee and President George Weah for inviting the Muslim community to a dinner as a true sign of a good leader.
Meanwhile, the acting president of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) Rev. Dr. Olu Menjay said the LCC over the years has stood tall in the country to protect human dignity, because “we believe as a Council that it is important to promote peace and national reconciliation among our people.”
He said the LCC has made a significant impact in the country, to maintain peace and stability that everyone is enjoying in Liberia.
He added that due to the LCC and the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia the Muslim and the Christian communities are living together in peace. “We as a council also believe in religious liberty and religious tolerance, and if you can recall, when others were calling for Liberia to be declared a Christian state through legislation, this council stood tall against such a call.”
He said it is important to know that it is the right of every Liberian to have religious right that will not infringe on anyone’s right. Dr. Menjay also thanked the Islamic community for a successful fast and said the council remains committed to keeping what has been in existence between Christian and Muslim communities in Liberia.