The National Imam Council of Liberia has threatened to boycott the upcoming national referendum if the preposition to make Liberia a Christian state remains.
Speaking at its second National General Assembly held at Fish Market on February 28, the Deputy Chief Imam of the Council, Sheick Ali Krayee, in a 10-count position statement expressed shock in some high profile personalities who are pushing to make Liberia a “Christian state.” “To the three branches of government, let me make it frankly clear here, that any attempt to keep that preposition of Liberia being a Christian state, we will peacefully boycott the upcoming referendum,” the Deputy Chief Imam said. He also stated that any attempt to ignore their request for the squashing of that proposition, Muslims will have no option but to mobilize all Islamic institution to work in unison for the common purpose of Muslims in the country. Imam Krayee emphasized that for a long time now, Muslims and other religious groupings have lived together in peaceful harmony and any attempt could lead to division. For this cause, he said the Imam Council has decided to carry out routine visits to all Muslims across Liberia to keep them updated on issues affecting Muslims and finding possible solution. He noted that since the formation of the Liberian Republic, Christians have been at the helm of power but this has had no positive impact on the country. He added that past regimes have only tried in all possible ways to marginalize the Islamic community and that amending another law to call Liberia Christian state could cause more marginalization.