Recently, a group calling itself the Muslim Reformation Council of Liberia announced that it has written series of communications to the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL.
The head of the group, Ayouba Dorley, said his organization raised series of grievances, demanding immediate actions.
Dorley told reporters that his Muslim Reformation Council of Liberia, established in 2012, called for the enactment of a Muslim Civil Defences Bill by the 53rd Liberian Legislature, halting the ongoing draw down of UNMIL until the root cause of the civil conflict in Liberia is established, the allocation of a free air time at the Liberia Broadcasting System or LBS every Friday for Muslims in the country, and that the Ministry Education reforms all alleged misleading information published in the national curriculum and at the world encyclopaedia, referring to the Muslim population in Liberia as ‘Mandingo tribe and aliens’.
The group, through its Chairman, wants the passage into law by the Legislature, its Civil Defence Bill which calls the recognition and inclusion of Muslims in the Republic and the government officially and legally. In its letter to the Legislature, Muslim group demanded that the Muslim religion and population have equal opportunities like Christianity and paganism, regardless of their daily culture, and that the dominance of the Christian culture over the Muslim population should cease to exist in Liberia, further adding that Islamic schools in Liberia no longer observe Christian holidays, vacations and seasonal breaks, but rather observe and advertise Islamic Calendar of events.
The Muslim Reformation Council Chairman alleged that for too long Muslims in Liberia have been marginalized by the Government simply because of illegal Christian policies, vowing that they would continue to advocate until their demands were met.
While the foregoing may be in response to and against the backdrop of the recent Gbarnga decision during the Constitution Review Conference for Liberia to “return to a Christian State”, understandably the Muslim Reformation Council of Liberia may also be ‘setting the stage for case in the future’- an issue that must draw the immediate attention of all well-meaning Liberians not on the basis of sentiments, but principles.
Whether or not such a sensitive position by this group is with the acquiescence of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, it remains to be understood; but the urgent need for the latter to speak to the issue cannot be over-emphasized- it must, indeed, do so now.
While we may not want to analytically digest the issues raised by the Muslim Reformation Council of Liberia Chaired by Ayouba Dorley, it is incumbent upon the Legislature and Executive to expeditiously review these issues, of course considering the country’s national interest, and make a decision because this is a serious concern many well-meaning Liberians are beginning to harbour. The Government of Liberiam, through the Legislature and Executive, must also draw the attention of the National Muslim Council of Liberia to the existence of this group calling itself the Muslim Reformation Council of Liberia and such demands being made by it.
Without fear or favour, this is a concern that must attract the attention of all Liberians.