19 June 2012

Liberia: Players of Ethnics Cards On Issues of National Security Denounced

The Government of Liberia(GOL) says it attention is seriously drawn to attempts by certain individuals to politicize and ethnicize the Government's alert issued to ten persons of interests to the ongoing investigation in the cross-border raid that led to the death of seven (7) United Nations Peace Keepers in L'Cote d'Ivoire and several civilians.

In a press release issued in Monrovia Monday, June 18, 2012, the government says while it supports the rights of any of its citizens to subscribe to views and exercise free speech, it will not condone the abuse of such free speech by the ethnicization of a serious national security matter as the case suggests.

The government emphasizes that its action to issue an alert for ten persons is well-intentioned; and not about a particular ethnic group.

"The alert as issued is rather about consolidating peace in the sub-region and securing Liberia's border, since the government gets no incentive by going after its citizens without any security intelligence," the press release disclosed.

The government therefore warns in a very serious tone those putting ethnic face on the security measures being taken to secure Liberia's borders to desist as their actions have the propensity to ignite unnecessary ethic sentiments in the body politic.

Meanwhile, the government is encouraging all to abide by the current security measures and calls on those named in the alert to willingly turn themselves in to the police, as in the case with Abednego Zleh and Ofori Diah.

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