The political of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander Cummings has visited Lofa and Margibi Counties where he interacted with Islamic Clerics and students respectively. In Lofa County, the ANC leader called on religious leaders to work harder in ensuring justice for everyone, saying they should also strive to live uprightly so that other Liberians will emulate the good examples. He similarly advised students in Margibi to be studious so that they are better prepared for the as the leadership of the next generation of Liberians.
Addressing Islamic leaders in Bongordou, Lofa County where he went with his wife Teresa Cummings to officially open and dedicate a mosque built in the town, Mr. Cummings said all religious leaders are expected to always serve as moral voices in the society and to remain vocal about issues affecting people of their religious faith.
“It pleases me to see that our fellow citizens of the Islamic faith have a place of worship in their town. The religious communities of our country have historically played a pivotal role in bringing our people together under an umbrella of peace, unity, and harmony,” Mr. Cummings said.
He pointed out that fellow citizens of the Islamic faith were also a leading voice that brought an end to the civil crisis, and noted that this was the motivation behind his contribution to the construction of the worship center.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony at the Bongordou Mosque, Mr. Cummings called on the Imam and all the worshipers to rekindle the spirit of advocating for the rights of citizens in the town and other parts of Liberia.
He concluded by urging the Islamic leaders at the program to strive to live in an upright way so that other Liberians can emulate the good examples they set. “You all know that God Almighty is just; therefore, we must all work to ensure there is justice for everyone – whether rich, poor, educated, or uneducated, Muslims, or Christian.
Besides, the senior member of the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) bloc further implored the Islamic prelates: You must remain vocal about issues affecting Muslims here and in other parts of the country. And you must also be vocal about issues affecting non-Muslims because whatever affects one Liberian must catch the attention of all Liberians.
The pleaded with them to “Kindly use your role in this community to bring everyone together. Fight for the weak and those that are lacking. You must always be willing to lend a helping hand. The prophets set good examples for us, so let’s set similar examples for our children and future generations.”
Similarly, the ANC leader visited Margibi County Saturday where he met with high school students from several schools in the County.
In a face-to-face conversations with the students, Cummings said he got a broader understanding of the struggles they face in attaining education. “I narrated my upbringing growing up in Point Four and attending Demonstration Elementary School and correlated the similarities between my story and theirs, he said.
Mr. Cummings intoned that the students also tried to understand “why we are here, where we are and where we are headed as a country.”
“One of the things that I do nowadays throughout my visits,” he said, “is to meet with groups of young people everywhere I go. It brings joy to me when I travel to other counties to hear from our youth and find out what they want for our country. “
He narrated that with this, he is certain “we can make a better country. I urged the students to make us proud – reminding them that they are the next generation of leaders and how much the country depends on them,” he concluded.