The Alternative National Congress or ANC has issued a stern warning condemning all forms of tribalism whether practice or exhibited. “Tribalism whether practiced or exhibited against a person or group of people is wrong and unacceptable,” the ANC said in a statement issued Friday and signed by its National Secretary General Aloysius Toe, JD and its National Chair Sen. Daniel F. Naatehn.
The party’s statement comes a after its political leader Mr. Alexander B. Cummings was attacked along with Rep. Yekeh Kolubah in what has been described as an attack by state sponsored thugs. The attack generated tribalistc comments on social media against both the Mandingo and Krahn ethnic groups here on social media.
“The recent violent incident that occurred in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh on Thursday July 30, 2020 against our political leader and Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings and Rep. Yekeh Kolubah and other members of the CPP and ANC is no justification to attack any person or group of people based on their tribe,” the ANC noted.
The party acknowledged that it is a political organization for all Liberians and dissociate itself from all derogatory and tribalistic statements or comments made on social media or any other forum about the Mandingo and Krahn ethnic groups.
Meanwhile, the party’s National Youth Congress has also joined condemning the act. In a statement the youth wing of the ANC lamented it has watched with utter dismay the unruly behavior of some thugs, hooligans and hoodlums who were hired by CDC government officials and trucked into the county from Monrovia and other parts of the country to demand that the political leader of the Alternative National Congress and chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, Hon. Yekeh Kolubah and other high ranking opposition leaders “immediately leave Grand Gedeh County.”
This act of violence, according to the ANC youth wing clearly contravenes Article 13(a) of the Liberian Constitution which states, “Every person lawfully within the Republic shall have the right to move freely throughout Liberia, to reside in any part thereof and to leave there from subject however to the safeguarding of public security, public order, public health or morals or the rights and freedoms of others.”
“The woeful, undemocratic, appalling, dreadful and repulsive situation being witnessed in Grand Gedeh does not only remind us of our bitter past as a people, but it shows to Liberians and the world at large that Mr. Weah is either unwilling or unable to execute the duties and responsibilities assigned to the office of president,” the statement read.
The party youths noted that while they in the (ANC/CPP) conduct themselves responsibly and lawfully, they unequivocally condemn and denounce the distasteful and unacceptable circumstance of lawlessness displayed by the Coalition for Democratic Change hired mobsters.
The youths therefore called on the government of Liberia to immediately arrest the situation to avoid setting a very dangerous roadmap that would threaten the peace we have all worked tirelessly to strengthen over the years.
“Similarly, we want to call on ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations, the United States Embassy near Monrovia and all development partners of Liberia to closely monitor the happenings in Grand Gedeh County and also pressure Mr. Weah to safeguard the peace and security of Liberia by ensuring that the rights of every Liberian citizen is protected as enshrined in the Liberian Constitution,” the statement concluded.