A Diaspora Liberian has said that, there is no better time than now for ethnic Liberian Mandingoes to say no to injustice, intimidation, and harassment.
Sekou Kanneh, a Minnesota resident says reminding the Liberian government of its constitutional responsibility to provide equal protection for all of its citizens is not too much to ask for.
Mr. Kanneh said, “Enough is enough” for Liberian Mandingoes to endure so much humiliation and harassment for decades if not century.
The Minnesota Opinion Leader stressed that all Mandingoes visualize as Liberians is a full respect of their fundamental rights under the constitution of the Republic of Liberia.
Mr. Sekou Kenneh quoted article 11 of the Liberian constitution as outlining that “All persons are born equally free and independent and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the right of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of pursuing and maintaining and security of the person and of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.”
Mr. Kanneh’s comment comes in the wake of the flogging of Imam Ansu Kromah in Nimba County, Liberia. Mr . Kanneh stressed that as Mandingoes remain unwavering in their quest for peace, equality, and justice in Liberia, their hope for a better future couldn’t be brighter.
This renewed hope he said is clearly manifested by the level of interest and commitment diaspora Liberian Mandingo communities continue to display in their fight to seek justice for Imam Ansu Kromah who was inhumanly beaten by Liberian government security officers.
He underscored that the cruelty perpetrated by Liberian government security personals against Imam Kromah, is nothing strange to any Liberian Mandingoes. “But, the question remains, how long is too long? How much more can we take? And the answer is, no more. That’s why we elected the due-process of law as the only reasonable remedy to these problems.” He added.
Mr. Sekou Kanneh is however sounding warning to those he suspect of attempting to use the alleged flogging of the Imam by Liberian security officers as a political gamble to abstain. “There are some high-profile individuals who are trying to impede this legal process, it must however be unequivocally clear, that we will neither be deterred nor distracted by anyone (not even one of our own) until justice is served.”
Few months ago, the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai came under sharp criticism for what was seen by some as his bias retort on the Imam Ansu Kromah saga. According to Bangalee Trawally, a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota, Vice President Boakai avoided key questions he was asked in Minnesota regarding the flogged Imam. The VP is reported to have responded to the assaulting of Imam Ansu Kromah as an “isolated incident,” something that did not resonate well with some of his audience.
The beating of Imam Kromah in Nimba, County, Liberia is seen by some Mandingoes as an opportunity to reclaim their political freedom in Liberia, more than a decade ago, Mandingoes were treated as a second class citizen in Liberia. They were subjected to harassment, intimidation among other things at various Liberian check points.
It can be recalled that the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe came under criticism in the 90’s for proclaiming that Mandingoes are original citizens of Liberia. At the time, Mandingoes were referred as 1990 citizens, and they were at the same time expelled from Liberia and they died in huge volume during the war. This according to report made the Mandingoes to make a political come back. Since then, their quest to get involved in the political struggle in Liberia continues to grow by the day.