Reveals document in its possession on a proposed migration of aliens from Guinea and Mali to influence the country’s elections
Demands referendum that would include Proposition 24 must be held before the presidential and legislative elections in 2017
The National Christian Council of Liberia (NCCL) has called on the House of Representatives to rethink its passing of what the council described as “controversial proposals.”
Speaking at a major press conference in Monrovia recently, the president of the Council, Bishop J. Rudolph Marsh, said legislators are seriously undermining Liberia’s democracy, “and they must stop before the country is plunged into some other chaos.”
Bishop Marsh revealed that his organization has in its possession a 17 page document containing information on a proposed migration of aliens from Guinea and Mali to influence the country’s elections.
‘’We got this document from a genuine source but we will not let the public have access to it until we have a meeting with President Sirleaf,” he said.
He called on the AU, ECOWAS, UN, and other well-meaning local and international organizations to condemn the actions of the House of Representatives.
“We have learned that the House of Representatives has, with disregard to the Constitution, passed dual citizenship, which was not accepted by a majority of the voices across the country during the Constitution Review Committee’s (CRC) nationwide exercise, but has refused to pass Proposition 24 which calls for Liberia to be formally declared a Christian nation,” Bishop Marsh said.
He said the House action or inaction has the tendency to throw the nation into chaos – though he did not specify what kind of disorder would engulf the country, and through whose agency.
Bishop Marsh said the action of the House of Representatives concerning the Constitution Review Committee’s report is a threat to democracy.
‘’Proposition 24, which talks about declaring the country a Christian Nation, received 97 percent of the votes at the Gbarnga CRC conference but was removed and replaced with Dual Citizenship, which was strongly rejected by citizens across the country,’’ NCCL boss said.
He said the NCCL does not want the Senate to concur with the House of Representatives on the propositions they claimed have already been tampered with until a conference involving NCCL and other stakeholders is called and logically completed.
Bishop Marsh said the pending referendum that would include Proposition 24 must be held before the presidential and legislative elections in 2017.
He warned the Legislature not to betray the cause of the people whose purpose they were elected to defend.
‘’Let them be aware that the interests of the country for which the people have elected them is more important than their personal interests,’’ Bishop Marsh admonished.
He said NCCL will not sit down and watch the rights of the majority compromised..
The chairman of the NCCL Mediating Committee, Rev. Jasper Ndaborlor, said the aim of his organization is to see a religiously guided institutionalization of systems in the country.
‘’Our nation which was founded on Christian principles has lost its true values and it is because of this recognition we have decided to stand firm and defeat all non-Christian values that do not match biblical teachings,’’ Rev Ndaborlor said.
He said NCCL will not give up on its struggle to see Liberia declared a Christian nation.