The gruesome remains of Harry Greaves
The Liberian People's Party-USA and affiliates observed with utmost regret and disgust, the recent wave of mysterious killings that have engulfed Liberia. First, it was Michael Allison, then Dan Orogun and now Harry Greaves.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims, and pray that the almighty God will intervene to help relieve their pains and to help solve the mysteries behind these inhumane occurrences.
We don't want to be hasty to hold our government responsible for these barbaric activities, as is already being done in many quarters, however, we cannot downplay the history of similar activities of the past which eroded the public trust and resulted in a crisis that destroyed more than 250,000 lives. The possibility also exist that some wicked officials could be supporting these kinds of action purely on vindictive grounds. Equally, these actions could be the work of a few unscrupulous citizens or foreign individuals who persist because of the blatant reluctance or inability of our government to forcibly pursue and bring them to book.
To date, many months after the killing of Mr. Allison, our government is yet to provide any concrete indications as to who or what was responsible, despite the claim of an investigation. More disappointing, our Justice Minister could not adequately respond to inquiries about the final disposition of his remains at a recent MICAT press conference. In our minds, if this investigation remains ongoing, it is reasonable to infer that the investigator would not know whether the remains was buried or is being withheld. To be clueless on this matter, as was displayed by the minister at the press conference was a true representation of the lackadaisical approach that our government has over and over again adopted in these kinds of critical moments.
We are appalled by the government’s inaction on this glaring display of insensitivity or incompetence, and call for a significant reorientation and improvement of its investigative methodology. To continue to conduct numerous autopsies and not be able to utilize the findings to pursue and apprehend the culprits is tantamount to a waste of public resources.
We are cognizant that in some cases, our security forces are hindered by both financial and material inadequacies in the conduct of their duties investigations. However, at this juncture, we can no longer use this as an excuse to shy away from bringing an end to these killings. They represent a reversal to the dark activities of the past, and significantly dilute the gains made so far in the attempt to transition from war to peace. They have the propensity to restore carnage, insecurity and distrust amongst our citizenry if left unchecked.
Therefore, we call on the government to re-prioritize, and recognize the gravity of this carnage, and give credence to investigating and bringing an immediate end to this ugly emerging trend. By this, we mean redirecting financial and material resources from other areas of less importance so as to augment the capacity of our security forces. This is important because it helps our government to vindicate itself, in the wake of accusations already pointing at her, and to fully accomplish its obligation to provide security and justice for its citizens. Additionally, our government must reach out to its willing partners for assistance in areas of conducting investigation where it is incapacitated.
Finally, we must emphasize that we cannot build a civil, just and peaceful society in the absence of citizens' participation. We cannot watch as these evil activities consume our nation. They are extreme contradictions from our cultural and moral values, and cannot be allowed to continue unabated. There is nothing to gain from the cruel elimination of productive citizens.
Therefore, we call on our fellow citizens to assume their rightful roles to help bring an end to these evils. Such roles include civil, lawful, and peaceful actions to put pressure on our leaders to act promptly and effectively. Most important, our citizens must resist every attempt to involve them in these kinds of activities. They have an obligation to report every solicitation and, citizens who have information on individuals involved in these activities must stand up and report them promptly to law enforcement, and they must be protected by law enforcement.
May the souls of the victims rest in peace, and may God bless their families and the nation and its people.
Acting Chairman, LPP-USA