The National Youth League of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change has described as religious and tribal card of divisiveness Senator Amara Konneh’s reminder to President Joseph Boakai regarding allocation of majority ministerial positions to citizens of Lofa and Bong Counties.
Senator Konneh demonstrated religious insensitive when he condemned the President’s cabinet appointment citing ethnic Muslims exclusion, Emmanuel Johnson who heads the party’s youth wing said in a statement Wednesday in Monrovia.
“Such a statement brings fresh memories of our dark past where we had the ULIMO -K, ULIMO -J, Lofa Defence Force, NPFL, INPFL and warring factions founded to defend certain religions, tribal and regional affiliations.
“We feared that the Kissi people or Lofains might be offended by this as well and feel threatened by the statement of Amara. The statement was thoughtless and reckless.
“The Senator of Nimba County Prince Y. Johnson took to his pulpit on the same day as Amara Konneh, to attack Mr. Boakai for ignoring Nimbaians and giving all the Ministerial positions to Lofains. Senator Johnson’s latest attack comes in the wake of his previous threat against Mr. Boakai’s inaugural speech in which he propagated the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes court,”.
Recently, the Gbarpolu County Senator provided a statistic on his official Facebook page about the number of appointments made to ministerial posts by President Joseph Boakai, stating that the Liberian leader has so far not appointed a single Muslim in his government.