Inter Religious Council Invites Senator Dillon for Questioning Over Threatening Statement

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The Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) has requested a sitting with Montserrado County Senator Darius Dillion over threatening statements attributed to him.

The religious council in a statement issued on Friday, July 24, said it is deeply concerned about the threat of Senator Dillon to “forcefully end this regime if the government tries to change the result of the pending midterm senatorial elections,” adding that it could contribute to the growing tension within the country.

In an interview on a radio station recently in Monrovia, Sen. Dillon warned that any attempt by the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to rig the election will be extremely disastrous.

“Trust me, I am not joking about it. If this government rigs the election results in their favor, the Presidency of Weah and by extension, the entire government will come to an end before 2023.” 

The council said in its statement, “the sitting with the Senator seeks to answer the following questions: Is the Government planning to change the results of the coming election? Is the National Elections Commission-NEC aware of this?”

“IRCL wants to sit down with Senator Dillion to find out what is really happening. To lead this ‘Listening Inquiry,’ we have asked Lutheran Bishop, Dr. D. Jensen Seyenkulo who is also 1st Vice President of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) to head a 4-man committee of religious leaders – including the Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia,” the statement said.

The council said it is also concerned about what it described as “reckless political rhetoric,”  between Monstserrado County district#10 representative Yekeh Kolubah and the Deputy Director for Operation of the Liberia National Police Col. Marvin Sackor.

“Such reckless political rhetoric doesn’t augur well for our post-war society. every Liberian has the right to disagree, or agree with the government or the President’s policies, decisions, or utterances. However, that should be devoid of the use of vulgar languages especially against a sitting head of state of the country,” the council said.

The council said although it condemns the action of the lawmaker, there is also a need for a comprehensive approach in addressing the issue relating to the traffic rules of the country. The group added that the Ministry of Justice and the LNP need to provide education to the citizenry on the vehicle and traffic laws of the country.