Margibi County — The political leader of the All Liberian Party, Benoni Wilfred Urey, says the recent trend of events tend to suggest that shenanigans are being played to avert elections in 2017.
"I think people want to cause confusion that we do not go to elections in 2017," he said. "And we must go to elections, and we demand that this election must be free, fair and transparent and people rights must be respected."
The ALP leader condemned the use of "excessive force" by the Liberia National Police in a recent demonstration by protestors demanding the release of activist Vandalark Patricks. "There is no use for all this excessive force of locking people up after we have signed all these documents not to do violence. So, I am calling on the President to instill in her Police to stop this excessive use of force."
Speaking at the Roberts International Airport where he had gone to receive guests from the USA, Mr. Urey said President Sirleaf's past differs with her now that she is at the helm of the presidency. "It is unfortunate for our President who fought in the vanguard for the Liberian people in the past, to be behaving this way. It is unfortunate that today she will be doing the same things others did to us many years ago. We do not want violence; we want to move our country forward.
Sounding a word of caution to all, he called for calm especially in the wake of the recent protest on Capitol Hill. "And this goes to both the Police and the demonstrators. We must all be careful and tolerant and remember that where your right stops is where another man's right begins. I will also talk to our people to be a little bit calm and orderly."
Whe quizzed about why he footed the bail to get Vandalark Patricks out of prison, Urey said the activist is a good person who has represented the country very well. "I also told some friends of the President that any child I find in jail and I can afford to stand their bond with a few thousand dollars, I will do it. Do you know why, because she is also a mother and all of those around her are mothers and fathers' and they should not put somebody's child into where they are not supposed to be."
Urey said his Americans guests are part of the Detroit National Association of Blacks and Color People (NAACP), which is the largest branch, and they are here to evaluate Liberia and take the good news back about building relationship between the people of the United States and Liberia. The three man delegation from the US includes the Head, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of National Association for the Advancement of Color People,(NAACP), Downell white, Executive Director of NAACO and Ms. Rodell Urey, a Public Relation Practitioner.
"Liberia and America are one and the same. So when I look at Liberians, some of you look like people in my neighborhood. I am very much at home. I am going to take the message back as to what kind of relationship can be established in my Detroit Michigan Chapel, that a few years back, we have a clinic which we started years ago in Ghana and we brought medical supplies which we dropped off in Ghana," said Rev. Anthony. Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony said the NAACP was established in 1909, with many black freedom fighters, fighting for justice.
"I want to thank Mr. White for coming, who is the executive Director of NACP. I also want to thank Mr. Urey, who also made all this possible. I think I am going to be preaching on Sunday and the message will be we are all made in the image of God. My message to Liberians is that I know that the country has been hit by Ebola that took away many lives. I am glad that we came to take the message back that it is ok because you all look healthy," he concluded.