United States Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder has cautioned Liberians against hate speeches that could plunge the country into another round of hostility and reverse the gains made in the attainment of peace and sustainable democracy.
The U.S Envoy observed that since her arrival in the country there have been inimical statements from both politicians and ordinary Liberians against the accomplished peace the country is enjoying today and that such statements could injure the ongoing effort. Amb. Elder made the statement yesterday at the Heritage Mosque on Gurley streets in Monrovia when she donated assorted food items to the Muslim community for the celebration of the Holy Ramadan in Liberia. She called for peaceful coexistence among citizens and asked them to avoid acts that will thwart the already fragile peace the country. The U.S Ambassador noted that in the wake of the upcoming national elections, it behooves every Liberian to maintain the peace and democracy which have been sustained by both Liberians and the international community over the years. During her visit to the Heritage Mosque on Gurley Street, the American ambassador later read a special message from the United States President Barrack Obama extending greetings and good felicitation on the occasion of the Month of Holy Ramadan which is expected to be celebrated on Wednesday in Liberia. She thanked the Muslims in Liberia for their level of tolerance and cooperation with the international community in bringing peace to the country, and urged them to always remain peaceful and law abiding for the sustenance of national development. Also speaking at the occasion, the head of the Mosque Sheik Abubbakar Sumnaworo thanked the U.S Ambassador for her visit, and called for Muslim holiday in Liberia to enable Muslims to successfully celebrate Muslim Ramadan. Sheik Sumnaworo said the continual denial by the Government to declare national holiday for Muslims in Liberia creates disunity and religious intolerance. He averred that the Muslim community forms part of the society and they are one of the precursors of national development but the Government is reneging on giving them a local holiday. Muslims that went to witness the occasion expressed gratitude to the U.S Ambassador and said her visit has solidified relations between the American Embassy and the Muslim community. They claimed that she was the first American Ambassador that ever visited the Muslim Mosque in Liberia since the administration of President Sirleaf.