The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) has condemned the growing wave of violence being reported in the country. In a strong worded statement signed by Bishop Kortu K. Brown, President of the Liberian Council of Churches the LCC said of recent, there have been reports of petrol bomb attacks at the home of Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe of the Supreme Court of Liberia and the National Elections Commission in Monrovia.
Similarly, the statement continued, the Liberia National Police has reported an exchange of gunfire with alleged armed robbers within the Bushrod Island area and said these developments are inimical to fostering peace, security and stability of the country
The LCC therefore calls on the Government of Liberia to expeditiously investigate these unfortunate incidences in order to bring the perpetrators to justice and to further deter such unwholesome actions that could brew insecurity in our society.
It is critical for Government to let the country know what it is doing to ensure and maintain a peaceful environment conducive for normal life, business and investment. “We cannot allow insecurity to overtake the news from Liberia it will undermine the country’s image and global standing” the LCC said in its statement.
“On the other hand, the also calls on the various law enforcement agencies, including the Ministry of Justice, Liberia National Police, amongst others, to expedite investigations into outstanding reports of deaths including the inquiry into the deaths of the 3 missing children over the St. Paul’s River, the EPS Officer in Nimba County, amongst others” the statement said.
The umbrella institution of the entire body of Christ in Liberia further stated that it encourages the Government of Liberia to strengthen her partnership with the religious community, civil society, political parties and other national stakeholders in order to collectively address the political, economic and social challenges facing the country. The Council made a biblical reference to Isaiah 2:4 to show it was time for Liberians to “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks”
On the outstanding cases arising from the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Midterm elections, the LCC calls on the National Elections Commission and the Supreme Court to continue to uphold the rule of law and to judiciously expedite the remaining complaints from the said election in order to fully seat the Liberia Senate and enable the Legislature to function effectively.
At the same time, the LCC also commended the National Elections Commission and the Supreme Court for the resolution of previous complaints from the December 8 elections.