An advocate for social justice and political freedom in Liberia and elsewhere, Mohamed Sherif is calling on the Independent Intellectual Forum of Philadelphia to withdraw its invitation and deny Mr. Lewis Brown the glamorous platform to address the Forum.
Mr. Sherif said to the contrary would be rewarding Mr. Brown for ably destroying Liberia and its people. Mohamed Sherif expressed with great disappointment that Liberia’s Information Minister, Lewis Brown, will this weekend address the Independent Intellectual Forum in Philadelphia.
Mr. Brown, according to Mohamed Sherif, is ill-qualify to address a community that bore the brunt of years of torture, destruction and deaths at the hands of the then President Charles Taylor’s regime. Mohamed Sherif described the Liberian Information Ministry boss as the highly-acclaimed propaganda chief and intellectual mastermind of the brutal NPFL and its offshoot.
Mr. Sheriff said, while he admires the works of the energetic leaders of the Forum, he believes that the Forum represents one of the best venues for the expression and cross-fertilization of views and new ideas. Mohamed Sherif however noted that, he does not believe that the Forum should set itself up for unneeded controversies by inviting individuals who have the “blood of the innocents on their hands” or individuals who continue to justify the Liberian genocide no matter how long ago their sins occur.
He reminded the Forum that, Mr. Brown was not a “small fish” or a mere, helpless Spokesman trapped in Gbarnga and Monrovia against his will. “He was no pawn, not by any measure. Mr. Brown was an important Spokesman and senior official of the NPFL and subsequently the makeshift NPRAG government headquartered in Gbarnga. He participated in meetings and strategy sessions in which life and death decisions were made. Mohamed Sheriff said Lewis Brown made important inputs on which group of people would live and which group would die.
Throughout this time period he said, Lewis Brown justified or at least had to ignore the massive killings in Butuo, Bahn, Karnplay, Sanniquellie, Barkedu, Bong Mines, Dupo Road among others. “If he were not complacent and felt repugnant, Mr. Brown had the honorable option of resigning from the NPFL or the NPRAG or the NPP.” Mohamed Sherif pointed out that Mr. Brown is a card-carrying member of the NPP, according to him, a Party whose boss unleashed murder and mayhem throughout the Liberia.
He hailed the International Community and the U.S. government for placing Mr. Brown and many of his affiliates on travel ban several years ago, but quickly criticized the west for taking Mr. Brown and his cohorts off that list. “We must also walk the walk. We owe it to the numerous victims of the unspeakable horrors of our uncivil war to reject one of the leaders of the Liberian terror and genocide.” He concluded.
According to the Forum’s Coordinator, King Mohamed, Information Minister Lewis Brown is expected to speak on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 5530 Chester Avenue, in Philadelphia. The Independent Intellectual Forum has won the admiration of many for its diverse environment; the Forum is where hot button issues are discoursed regardless of tribal or political affiliations.