“His Excellency’s carefully deliberated action is a clear indication that as a nation we are not prepared to countenance any statement that threatens the unity of our national state,” Warner said in a press release yesterday.
“I wish to acknowledge the action taken by His Excellency President George Maxwell Richards on the revocation of the appointment of Mr Nizam Mohammed as Chairman of the Police Service Commission,” stated Warner who is also Works and Transport Minister and the UNC’s MP for Chaguanas West in the coalition People’s Partnership Government.
Warner described the moment as “difficult” for the President. “This has been an extremely difficult moment for the President but what we can be absolutely assured of is a Head of State and a Government that will always put the well-being of all its citizens first before sectoral interests, which interests can easily divide us,” he said.
Warner who is acting as Prime Minister while Kamla Persad-Bissessar remains engaged on official business in the United States, said there is a need for the State to always do what is right no matter how painful such an act is.
“Regardless of how painful such action may be, as a Government elected by the people of Trinidad and Tobago, we will always strive to do what is right,” he said.
Warner provided no word on the issue of a replacement for Mohammed. National Security Minister John Sandy could not be reached on this issue yesterday. Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar, away on official business in the United States, did not immediately respond to queries on Mohammed’s removal yesterday.
Warner was one of the first Cabinet members to come out in opposition to Mohammed’s statement of a racial imbalance within the hierarchy of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, made at a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament.