August 23, 2019, Minnesota — The National Democratic Coalition-USA Chapter’s attention is drawn to the action taken by Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of Grand Bassa County, and the statement made by Senator Daniel Nahnten of Gbarpolu County, during the recess of a senate hearing and a subsequent press interaction at the Liberian Senate on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
While the NDC-USA Chapter is in full cognizance of the prevailing security situation, and aware of the recent violence perpetrated against peaceful citizens by elements of this regime, in the wake of the blatant display of reluctance and acquiescence by officers and members of the Liberian National Police, it cannot countenance any manifestation of violence and/or statement supporting violence being made by sitting Senators, who themselves are leaders of political parties in Liberia.
The NDC-USA distances itself from any such actions exemplified by these individuals as their efforts tend to create the false impression of the behavior of opposition political parties in Liberia, whose difference with this regime cannot and must not be characterized by irresponsible actions and violence. The NDC-USA calls on the senators to apologize to the Liberian people for their actions and statements, as they tend to condone and encourage violence, which is what we are all against and must frown upon.
Whilst the Liberian Senate is supposedly an honorable body that comprises individuals whom the people of Liberia have selected to advance, protect, support and voice their causes and concerns, it is the expectation that adherence to the rules of the Senate will remain paramount mainly, as discussions being conducted are meant to address the security concerns and conditions of the Liberian people and the state. The bending of the rules by party apologists in the Senate to protect the failing interests of the regime rather than upholding the cause of the Liberian people, is a blatant abuse of power and must be categorically denounced. This is an outrage! Nevertheless, such action by individual leaders of the Senate must not catalyze violence as portrayed by the senators named supra; as you cannot oppose violence in one breath; and condone or display same in another. This is unacceptable!
The National Democratic Coalition is dedicated to championing the cause of the Liberian people more effectively and critically, which places the interest of the people and the state paramount, and above all other considerations. The inability of the CDC-led regime to provide the necessary security protections for the citizens of Liberia; and bring to justice elements of the CDC who are hell-bent of unleashing fear, mayhem and terror on our people, must draw the attention of all well-meaning Liberians; and the exercise of oversight by the Liberian Senate is a step in the right direction; but must be done with decorum and respect.
Samuel P. Ajavon, Jr.