Muslims assured of Government's commitment to religious freedom

Friday, 27th October 2006

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reaffirmed government’s commitment to religious freedom in the country. Addressing Senior Muslim Religious Leaders, the President assured the Muslim community that government would strive to adhere to the principles of the constitution which guarantee religious and other fundamental freedoms of its citizens. “We will address the inequities wherever they may be found,” the Liberian leader assured the Muslim Community.

President Johnson-Sirleaf was speaking Thursday at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, when she hosted a dinner to mark the end of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. The President lauded Muslims for their support toward government’s development agenda and noted the contribution Muslims have made toward the achievement of peace in Liberia. “We share a commitment to family, to protect and love our children; we share a belief in God’s Justice, and man’s moral responsibility. And we share the same hope for a future of peace in Liberia,” the Liberian leader observed.

The Chief Iman, Alhaji Abubakar Sumawolo, who offered prayers for the President and the Nation, praised government for the level of religious freedom and tolerance that continue to exist in Liberia.  Iman Sumawolo described this year’s Fast Month as the most peaceful in recent times, and prayed that God continues to bless the President as she implements her policy of renewal. The Iman also thanked government for the security protection provided to ensure a peaceful Ramadan. “We thank you for the courtesy your government continues to render Muslims; you consider us as partners,” the Muslim Cleric noted.

Iman Sumawolo then urged Muslims against extremism, “Be moderate Muslims, and not extremist Muslims, if Liberia is to remain peaceful.”

The occasion was attended by Senior and Influential personalities within the local Muslim Community including Sheik Kafumba Konneh of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Associate Justice, Kabinah Ja’aneh; Former leader of the Liberia United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), Sekou Damate Konneh; Former member of the Council of State, Professor Alhaji Kromah, among others.
President Johnson-Sirleaf recently donated food items to assist Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan.