Bong County Electoral District Three lawmaker, George Mulbah, has criticized the decision by President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia to declare the tiny West African nation an Islamic State.
The Liberian lawmaker said the decision by the Gambian leader has the propensity to influence other leaders in the region to do same at the disadvantage of others.
Rep. Mulbah who spoke Wednesday on state radio ELBC said declaring the nation unilaterally contrary to constitutional referendum will serve as example for other leaders to start violating the religious rights of their citizens.
The Bong County lawmaker, however, called on Liberians who are calling for the Christianization of Liberia not to use the Gambia’s issue as a case study in further pushing their agendas.
“Such decision is more divisive and doesn’t support national unity. He has therefore called on others to condemn such act taking into consideration the proximity of the Gambia,” Rep. Mulbah said.
Rep. Mulbah comes from Bong County where the call for the Christianization Liberia originated during a forum organized by the Constitution Review Committee in Gbarnga.
President Jammeh recently declared the narrow West African country an Islamic Republic, saying “Islam is the religion of the majority of its citizens and it a decision to break from the nation's colonial past.”
It does not appear that President Yahya Jammeh's announcement changes Gambia's laws or the country's constitutional status as a secular state. Jammeh's declaration was not to align the country with the jihadist organization known as the Islamic State group.
By Reuben Sei Waylaun