LIBERIA: Hundreds Including President Sirleaf Pay Tributes To Fallen Liberian Muslim Cleric, Sheik Kafumba Konneh

Hundreds of Liberian religious groups including Muslims and Christians early this morning queued out at the resident of Sheik Kafumba Konneh who died yesterday at his Topoe Village residence in Gardnersville, Monrovia.

Broadcast programs on local radio stations were jammed with tributes from Liberians on the passing off of one of Liberia’s influential and committed peace lover.

Liberian Leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was among dozens of government officials that paid their last respect to the fallen Liberian Muslim Cleric. His remains was taken to the Caldwell burial site following a funeral ceremony.

The late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh headed the Liberian Muslim Council since the 1980s. He was also one of the founding members of the Inter-religious Committee or the Interfaith Committee that tried to engage Charles Taylor, leader of the disbanded National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and President Samuel K. Doe in the '90s, to stop the civil war that lasted for 14 years.

The committee comprised of the late Archbishop Michael K. Francis, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, Levee Moulton, the late Rev. Walter Richards, the late Canon Burgess Carr, Bishop Roland Diggs and Bishop Dixon.

These men travelled on many occasions to Freetown, Sierra Leone, as well as to Gbarnga, Bong County, through La Cote d’Ivoire to talk to Taylor and the late President Doe to stop the war, but Mr. Taylor was not interested in peace.

Since the ‘80s, the late Sheikh Konneh had contributed to the weekly Islamic Column in the Daily Observer newspaper. He continued with the column since the newspaper re-launched in 2005, but he stopped recently due to ill health.

Born on February 4, 1944, he lived to complete his final observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan which ended just three days before his death.

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