Speaking to the Capitol Times in an exclusive interview, Dillon said his boss, Cllr. Charles Brumskine, had late last year called on government to institute preventive measures to counter global terrorism. At the time, Cllr. Brumskine had warned that Liberia should not be complacent about terrorism because it is not happening in the country. Brumskine had indicated that West Africa is a breeding ground for terrorism, and Liberia being part of the global community must put in place mechanisms to combat regional and global terrorism.
Mr. Dillon spoke particularly about the current debate to “Christianize” Liberia through legislation as an incident that could “invite” terrorism” into the country.
“We don’t seem to seem to know what we are inviting upon ourselves, but this idea of making Liberia a Christian state is a recipe for terrorism. Fanatics could use the religious tensions brought by such legislation to divide Christians and Muslims, and spread terrorism in Liberia where we have always coexisted with one another,” Dillon said.
Referring to what he called “domestic terrorism”, Mr. Dillon said corruption, nepotism and other societal vices are also dividing the people; and could be recipe that terrorists could use to further destabilize the country.
Global terrorism, Dillon said, knows no boundaries. “It is our hope that this government will work with regional and international bodies to put in place mechanisms that will tackle this nemesis,” he said.
The latest attack in Grand-Bassam, about 25 miles from the city of Abidjan, remains sketchy regarding the identity of the gunmen, though jihadists have targeted hotels in West Africa before.
In the past year, two countries bordering Ivory Coast -- Mali and Burkina Faso -- have witnessed attacks on hotels popular with Westerners.
Witnesses reported hearing the gunmen shout "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) as they opened fire.
Grand-Bassam is a Unesco world heritage site and is around 40km (25 miles) east of the country's economic capital, Abidjan.
Meanwhile, the terroristic attack has raised alarms bells with many Liberians calling on security agencies to step up measures to counteract terrorism in Liberia.
“I call on the Liberian government to put in place the necessary security measures to protect foreigners and its citizens. The RLJ Resort Hotel, Royal Hotel, and other popular areas that host foreign nationals might likely be attacked in Liberia. The government of Liberia must ensure that proper security equipment such as CCTV, command centers, and armed security are present at these business establishments. Stakeholders at these business entities must establish proper ingress and egress control in case of a sudden attack on these facilities,” says Hassan Fadiga, a US resident Liberian citizen.