Inter Religious Council Lauds Vice President Boakai

Thursday, 11th March 2010
Monrovia, Liberia - Inter Religious Council of Liberia
(IRCL) has lauded Vice President Joseph Boakai for effectively carrying out the mandate of the President of Liberia to liaise with its fact finding mission to Lofa County.

The Religious Council said the Vice President's regular calls to the team leaders expressing concern about the well-being of the team increased the momentum of the team to work faster and harder.

The IRCL made the commendation Tuesday when its fact-finding and mediation delegation on the crisis in Lofa County presented a preliminary report to Vice President Boakai.

The delegation further expressed profound gratitude to the religious leaders and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for quickly responding to the plight of all Liberians, irrespective of political, ethnic or religious background.

The Council said it was impressed with the proactive steps taken by the Government of Liberia in restoring calm to Lofa. "There is no war between the Christian and the Muslim. Christians and Muslims have lived together peacefully and continued to work towards ensuring peaceful con-existence in Liberia," said the Secretary-General of the Liberia Council of Churches, Dr. Benjamin Lartey.

The Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, which is a consortium of the Liberia Council of Churches and the Muslim Council of Liberia, stressed the need for healing and reconciliation among the various ethnic groups in Lofa.

The Religious Council said it believes in peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance and promised to work with the Government of Liberia in ensuring that peace prevails in the country.

Receiving the preliminary report on behalf of the President, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai thanked the religious delegation for the role they played in gathering facts surrounding the Lofa crisis.

Vice President Boakai said there's no dividing line between Muslims and Christians and hoped that IRCL will use this approach to solve other crises in other parts of the country.