The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has differed with some Nimbaians, who they said sometimes turned to violence to seek redress to matters affecting their common interest.
As such, UNMIL leadership in the county has called on residents of the county, especially Nimbaians in the Commercial City of Ganta, to turn away from violence amidst the fragile peace that exists in Liberia.
UNMIL says violent and destructive behavior amongst Liberians would lead to civil unrest that could take away lives and properties.
The Team Leader of the UNMIL Public Information Community Outreach Unit, Sabato Neufville, made the assertions over the weekend in a day-long “Stop Mob Violence Campaign” in Nimba County that was held at Gompa (Komasi) Sports Stadium.
The Saturday campaign began with a parade of students from Christian Foundation, St. Lawrence and J. W. Pearson Schools. The exercise also included motorbike riders and cultural acrobatic dancers throughout the principal streets of Ganta.
The exercise was held on the theme, “Stop Mob Violence – Use the Rule of Law.” It was printed on T-shirts and wrist bands that were distributed among the participants.
The Heritage Promoters Band of the Development Education Network-Liberia (DEN-L) and the UNMIL Live Band provided series of songs against mob violence advocatingfor the rule of law.
The Balawala International Foundation, Traditional Peace and Flomo Theater Productions entertained the teeming crowd separately with their culture and aerobatic performances combined with a drama entitled, “Violence is a Crime.”
It may be recalled, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, angry residents took to the streets of Ganta, following the death of motorcyclist, to demand justice.
The mob then reportedly looted the Ganta Police Station, Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency Offices, and also set ablaze Hotel Alvino and other two houses belonging to Prince Howard, a businessman accused of mastering minding the killing of the motorcyclist.
Although, U.N. and partners remain determined to continue providing life-saving humanitarian assistance, the drawdown of UNMIL soldiers in the country amidst the violence is a recipe for another crisis, an international staffer with an aid agency said.
Acting Youth and Sports Minister, Dr. Nancy Freeman, Deputy Ministers for Sports and Youth Development, Henry B. Yonton, Jr., and Charles N’Tow, in separate statements, condemned the violence and admonished the youth to shun violence and choose civility.
Nimba County Superintendent, Fong Zuagele, and businessman Tomah-seh, also condemned violent activities.