Leaders of the Islamic community here have pledged to support Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in his bid to succeed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the 2017 presidential elections.
The Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia or NMCL, Alhaji Abubakar Omaru Kamara speaking at a dedicatory ceremony over the weekend said Muslims here will support Vice President Boakai in the 2017 presidential elections because of his stance on religious tolerance and peace, advocacy for social justice and his role as a unifier in the country.
The Muslim cleric said the Vice President is a friend of the Muslims and a friend in need is a friend indeed. Their pledge come amidst wide ranging media allegations against the vice president, which involves his connection with the failed agriculture company ADA.
The comments by the Head of the NMCL also comes amidst a hot religious debate, with Christians insisting that Liberia, a country founded by freed America slaves be declared a Christian nation. Almost all of the prospective presidential candidates are Christians. Members of the Christian community are yet to endorse a candidate.
Meanwhile, members of the Muslim faith here are often noted for following the voices of their leaders. But it remains to be seen whether this time around they would obey the voices of their community leaders.
In declaring his community support for Vice President Boakai, Chairman Omaru Kamara pointed out that the presence of the Vice President to identify withMuslims on the occasion of the dedication of the Kindergarten Project undertaken by the Muslim Congress Alumni Association in the diaspora and his numerous support to Muslims in the country signal that he is not only a man of peace but a man with respect for Muslims throughout the country.
He said the prayer to support Vice President Boakai come 2017 is the prayer for all Muslims in Liberia, adding the blessing of Allah is close to people that are kind and generous quoting the Holy Quran. Speaking to the students and Islamic Clerics that have converged for the occasion, Vice President Boakai said we have to be a part of building one another’s life, adding religion should be one thing that should bring us together and not divide us stressing we should learn to live together in peace and harmony.
He congratulated the Muslim Congress Alumni Association for providing a conducive learning atmosphere for the children and pointed out that it is our responsibility to create a conducive learning atmosphere for our children.
A release from the office of the Vice President Boakai said, he concluded by saying all that matters is that we are one people, one country with one destiny. Recently, Gbarpolu, Cape Mount and Bomi Counties pledged their support to Vice President Boakai and said they will be petitioning him in coming weeks. The people of Lofa in 2014 petitioned Vice President Boakai to contest the 2017 presidential election.
However, despite his petition and endorsements trickling in, the Vice President is yet to be officially declared the standard bearer of the ruling party which is has witnessed a near collapses over the past few months. -compiled and edited by Othello B. Garblah