Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) over the weekend held an elaborate dinner for Muslims in the country following a successful completion of this year’s Ramadan.
The Special Eid-Dinner 2018 at the Monrovia City Hall was through the effort of Mayor Jefferson Koijee. The program brought together members of the Muslim community, inter-religious council, government officials among others.
Speaking at the program, the Chief Imam of Liberia, Ali Krayee commended Mayor Koijee for the ‘well-deserved special Eid Dinner for Muslims’, something he said will forever be remembered in the country.
According to him, Muslims in the country have been yarning for such opportunity with government but hadn’t been forthcoming until the ascendancy of President George Manneh Weah.
He said although past governments used to identify with Muslims during the month of Ramadan, but not in such manner as done by Mayor Jefferson Koijee.
“The Muslims are with the government of President of George Weah. We thank Mayor Koijee for this dinner. We will continue to pray for this government to succeed. All of us pray for what this government is doing,” he said.
Also speaking, the Grand Mufti of Liberia, Sheik Abubakar Sumaworo joined Imam Krayee to laud Mayor Koijee and the Liberian Government for the generosity.
Sumaworo recounted that some years back, Muslims used to be afraid of the Monrovia City Government because the municipal government had problem with them in establishing additional mosques in the city.
He further said they used to be afraid of the City Mayor. “We are now in the best position to cooperate with the city cooperation in promoting city ordinance,” he added.
Regarding rumor of terrorist attack looming over the country, Sumaworo said there are people who are giving the bad image of Islam, saying “we will cooperate with you in preventing bad people from coming into the country. They are not part of us.”
Also making remark was Sheik Omaru Abubakar, the chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia who urged Liberians to work together for peace in the country.
Sheik Abubakar recalled that Liberia is already a Christian state and as such, those calling for Christian state shouldn’t provoke their Muslim counterpart because such provocation would lead to another provocation from Muslims as well.
“If this happens, there will be no peace. Let’s live together as we have been living before. This is our country and we must help to protect it. President Weah is doing very well for us,” he noted.
For his part, the acting president of the Liberia Council of churches (LCC), Rev. Dr. Olu Menjay said the LCC has stood tall to protect life and properties since its inception in 1982.
According to him, they believe in religious tolerance and they had always worked to ensure the space is created for everyone to exercise religious liberty.
“Fasting is not unique to the Muslims alone. We congratulate you and we stand for peace. Liberia first and any other religion will follow,” he said.
The program was elaborate as Muslims and Christians were seen exchanging information on their dining tables and interacting in a positive direction for the country.