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Releasing the reports on the Lofa violence submitted to the Liberian Government by the various fact-finding missions may just be too difficult for the Ellen administration.

Perhaps, it would be politically costly for the present administration, if it were to make public such findings as presented to the President. The  perpetual coma experienced by the reports continue to raise eyebrows, not only in Lofa itself, but the capital, other parts of the country and  certain diplomatic quarters.

Tomorrow, February 26 makes it six months since the violence, which left four persons dead and several wounded, with properties either destroyed or vandalized in the provincial city of Voinjama in Lofa County.

In the absence of the outcome of a number of investigations conducted in the area, coupled with the submission of the various findings to the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Government of Liberia recently disclosed that next year’s July 26 celebrations in Lofa County will be used to make peace among the citizens.

According to President Sirlleaf, reports of the various investigations were submitted to her Vice President, Joseph Boalai, who also hails from Lofa’s Foyah District in the northwest of Liberia.

But since the President Sirleaf’s pronouncement, through her Press Secretary, neither Vice President Boakai nor his office has even commented on the status of the reports.

What’s puzzling to some Liberians is the conspicuous silence of the Liberian Legislature after six months. That branch of government, on Tuesday, March 2 of this year, constituted and dispatched two separate committees to Lofa to ascertain the extent of the violence under the guise of verification.

Since six months following the submission of their reports, no revelations regarding the outcome of their missions have been made.

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