War drums are beating in neighboring Guinea where a group of special forces of the military there has announced the ouster and seizure of Professor Alpha Conde, the President, dissolved government, suspended the constitution and blocked officials from leaving the country. Liberia not only have its longest and highly fluid land border with the Republic of Guinea, but also shares ethnic tribes and cultural features with that country, often creating direct ripple effects when one country is embroiled in crisis. As anxiety and uncertainty loom, with the wide world condemning the coup and calling for the restoration of the Conde rule, the President of Liberia, Commander-In-Chief George Manneh Weah, is seemingly not taking chances. In a top security meeting yesterday reportedly intended to review developments taking place in the neighboring country, the President ordered security forces of Liberia to remain on high alert and vigilance. The Analyst reports.
In the wake of looming uncertainty and trepidations owing to the military crisis in the Republic of Guinea, President Dr. George Manneh Weah has mandated the National Security Forces of Liberia to increase their vigilance and visibility around the border areas of that country, as the situation remains fluid.
A release by the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) states that the President ordered that usual patrols must be strengthened by the relevant security forces who already have presence in the bordering areas.
A group of Special Forces say they have taken political power in Guinea and have taken into custody the President of the country, Prof. Alpha Conde. The military announced curfew and ordered officials of the Conde government to turn over their passports and not leave the country.
On Monday, President Weah chaired the emergency National Security Council Meeting to examine the security and political ramifications that the military and political crises in neighboring Guinea could have on Liberia.
At the meeting, according to the MICAT release, the Commander in Chief- of the Armed Forces of Liberia said the measures are intended to protect Liberia’s territorial integrity and put the country in potential readiness to address any possible border influx of Guinean Citizens who might want to seek refuge in the country.
President Weah said he remains engaged with his fellow West African Leaders under the framework of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS in intervening to end the security and political impasse in neighboring Guinea.
The Liberian Leader earlier joined other world leaders, mainly ECOWAS, to condemn the military takeover of power in Conakry and called for the strict adherence to ECOWAS Protocols on Democracy and Good Governance which abhor such unconstitutional ascendency to state power in the ECOWAS Sub-region.
Meanwhile, an extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS is scheduled to be held Thursday, September 9, 2021 in Accra Ghana. President Dr George M. Weah will be in attendance.
Accordingly, the Summit is to review the security and political crisis in Guinea and adopt a common approach and strategy in regional body’s intervention.