Montserrado County District #2 Representative has described as a beginning of failure, the naming of eleven persons without a single Muslim to work as a team that will assist the leadership of opposition politician George Manneh Weah in reconciling Liberia. Ambassador Weah was appointed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to lead reconciliation efforts months after the resignation of 2011 Co-Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.
According to Rep. Sekou S. Kanneh, no amount of efforts exerted can achieve total peace and reconciliation if one segment of the society is deliberately. left out the reconciliation process. “You cannot say you want to reconcile the nation if you deliberately leave a segment, especially an important portion of the society, out of the process.” Rep. Kanneh asserted.
Rep. Kanneh believes not including Muslims on the Secretariat of the Reconciliation Committee represents a significant and inevitable beginning of failure considering the country’s history over the decades. The lawmaker noted that Liberia’s past and present confusions have been ones with tribal and religious underlings; suggesting that if the country can solve its tribal and religious problems, it can achieve the biggest chunk of peace and reconciliation, which it so much yearns for.
“But the way I see things going with the committee appointed to reconcile Liberia, things are not right. Those who are supposed to reconcile are themselves portraying themselves to be discriminative and segregative at an early stage of their work. With this, we are yet millions of miles away from achieving genuine peace and reconciliation,” the lawmaker has said in an interview with journalists over the weekend.
He is therefore calling on the public, especially those who believe in peace and reconciliation, to join him call on Amb. Weah to reconstitute his Secretariat so as to prove a fair balance of representation and participation. The lawmaker has predicted a possible lack of cooperation from segments of the Liberian society who feel they have not been included in the overall process to reconcile the country.