The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), in ecumenical collaboration with other Para-church groups said it is troubled over the past weeks about the continuous killings of innocent citizens in the country, making specific references to Madam Maude Elliot of the Faith Healing Temple, Mr. John Hilary Tubman of the United Methodist Church and Rev. Dr. William R. Tolbert III, Liberia Peace Ambassador and of the Zion Praise Baptist Church and condemned in the strongest term of these murders.
According to a press release from LCC, which was signed and approved by Reverend Christopher Wleh Toe and Rev. Kortu Brown, Secretary General and President respectively, the religious group said these gruesome murders/killings in the public space portray an uncivilized attitude and have a daunting reflection on the security of State and the propensity to create fear in the minds of citizens and international friends and even investors.
The release also said that the Church met with the bereaved family of the late Rev. William R. Tolbert, III and noted with keen concern the policy statements of the Tolbert family and has resolved to stand with the bereaved families of the Tolbert, Tubman and Elliot. It added that the Liberia Council Churches and her ecumenical partners extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved families and call on the Government to be more robust in their action to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
“We call on all Liberians to recognize that life belongs to God and anyone who takes away life is an enemy of God. Biblically speaking, the Dispensation of “human government” was instituted by God Himself with a call for justice and accountability, declaring in Genesis 9:6 that “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his blood will be shed; for in His own image God has made mankind.
“The Liberia Council of Churches notes with an eagle eye the recent public assurances from authorities of the Government of Liberia to expeditiously address these critical concerns of ordinary Liberians and ardently look forward to an accelerated investigation of, and accountability for, these unfortunate murders of innocent persons within our borders”, the release concluded.