Speaking at the weekend during the launch of the Covid-19 Elections Monitoring and Violence Prevention Situation (CEMViP-SR), the River Gee County Senator, who is also a stalwart of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) and member of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), pointed out that the languages being used by both the ruling and opposition parties are scaring.
He stated that the apparent failure of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)-led Government to prosecute perpetrators of violence is also exacerbating tension across the country, warning that if nothing tangible is done to bring stability, it could lead to further conflicts.
“The war drums are on. The languages that are used are scaring. The government must make sure to conclude at least one investigation and take action for deterrence,” he stated.
“No more Nigerians and Ghanaiansare going to come and die for us. We need to reduce the risk of security by doing the minimum things we can do,” the River Gee County lawmaker further warned.
In remarks, the head of The Carter Center, Mr. Dorbor Jallah, described the launch of the Situation Room as very necessary owing to growing wave of electoral violence and the need to follow up on covid-19 issues.
He suggested that the room should also bring on board or partner with various civil society organizations, including the Liberian Elections Observers Network (LEON) that is well knowledgeable in the areas of elections.
“I would suggest that LEON is into the situation as the gathering of information from various electoral districts could be utilized,” the former Executive Director of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) stated.
He disclosed that The Carter Center will not observe the election and process; however, it will support groups such as LEON and others to do so.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission to Liberia, Ambassador Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo, said the essence of the launch of the SR was crucial to safe guiding the peace of the country.
“It comes at a very crucial time in such a fragile country like Liberia. This will be a resource center will be integrated with other situation rooms in the sub region so as to get data that is responsive andin conformity with ECOWAS early warning,” the ECOWAS envoy noted.
“Let's look at the issue that could threaten peace in the various counties so that we don't wait for conflict before we act. We need to consider the security sector in this period as well as look at how women and children are feeling. The situation room has a lot to educate people,” he noted.
Amb. Ajisomo then pledged ECOWAS Radio’s dedication to the SR.
For his part, National Peace Ambassador, William Richard Tolbert III, said with the launch of the Situation Room, there will be a need for integration.
“We are proud for the establishment of this. Let's work together to make Liberia a better place,” he added.