“IRCL Establishes National Campaign To Promote Religious Tolerance And Responsible Citizenship In Liberia

The first Quarterly Executive Committee meeting of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) under my leadership as President, in March 2018 reviewed the process of peace consolidation and reconciliation in the country and the remarkable roles the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) and other collaborative partners including the Government of Liberia, United Nations, European Union, United States Government, Swedish Government, Political Parties, Civil Society amongst others have continued to play in maintaining peace and stability in the country including the “Farmington River Declaration” which contributed to the holding of peaceful and credible Presidential and Legislative elections in 2017.
The IRCL comprises the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) and the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL).
The Council took cognizance of the phase-down of UNMIL as of March 31, 2018 and the need to further strengthen peaceful co-existence, religious tolerance, democratic governance, civic education, as cardinal peace-building measures in the post-UNMIL epoch, which the Council believes, no doubt, is the responsibility of every Liberian and resident of Liberia. The Executive Committee therefore resolved, in its 2nd Quarterly Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of Inter-Religious Awareness Clubs (IRACs) in schools and communities across the country, to:
1. Promote religious harmony, tolerance, peace co-existence, reconciliation and participatory democracy amongst the youthful population and Liberians in general;
2. Promote the fight against Extremism, Radicalism, Violence and mob justice in the Liberian society;
3. Promote civics education through community sensitization and awareness for the development of responsible citizenship capable of positively contributing to the post-war recovery and development efforts of the country; patriotism, nationalism, and
4. Sensitize the youth population against the use of illicit drugs and other harmful substances capable of threatening the future of the children, and peace, of Liberia, amongst others
The Executive Committee has meanwhile designated the former Minister of Information of Rev. J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier and former General Secretary of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL), Brother David Kiazolu to lead this national campaign as Chairperson and Co-Chairperson respectively. The campaign targets the 15 counties of Liberia. The IRCL Secretariat, headed by its General Secretary, Attorney Musa Bamba has already provided awareness for the establishment of pilot IRACs clubs in 10 (ten) schools in Monsterrado and Nimba Counties and is developing the operational framework for the launching and execution of this national campaign.
Meanwhile, the Executive Committee has also resolved to revise the Constitution and restructure the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) and to promote national efforts to review and promote the repeal of Obsolete Laws or Statutes in the country to ensure that the legal structures are responsive to challenges of changing times. The “Committee of Inquiry on Review of Obsolete Laws” is headed by Presbyterian Moderator Rev. Sando E. Townsend and Co-chaired by Atty. Haji Fatumata, an Executive of the National Muslim Council of Liberia. This committee is charged with the possibility to consult with national stakeholders including the Honorable Supreme Court, Committees on Judiciary in both Houses of the Legislature, Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Ministry of Justice, Law Reform Commission, amongst others and recommend the feasibility of engaging such venture including the setting up of a bigger committee of reputable legal luminaries who will help identify obsolete laws and influence their repeal in collaboration and cooperation with other national stakeholders.
The Committee on Revision of the Constitution of IRCL, after 28 years of her existence, is headed by Lutheran Bishop D. Jensen Seyenkulo, 1st Vice President of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) and Co-chaired by, Alhaji Abubakar Omaru Kamara, Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL).