President Weah Rallies Citizens—Says Unity, Reconciliation Imperative for National Development
Monrovia, Liberia – The President of the Republic, Dr. George Manneh Weah, says peace, unity and reconciliation are critical to the development of Liberia, noting that 200 years of existence of the country could not have been possible had the forebearers failed to play their part in uniting the country.
President Weah, who has been sermonizing the importance of peace and reconciliation since ascendency, used the launch of the Bicentennial Celebrations to rally Liberians at home and abroad to embrace national unity and peace.
In a special statement launching the yearlong Bicentennial Anniversary of Liberia at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, Monday, February 14, 2022, the Chief Executive said peace, unity and reconciliation are imperative for national development policies to work unhindered now and in the future.
He stressed that one effective way to realize this herculean task of national development is to eliminate all forms of discrimination and exclusion in the country.
Dr. Weah said national unity and reconciliation should be an undeniable option for the survival and continuity of holistic and inclusive body politics.
“We are all citizens of Liberia, with a common national identity. This commemoration must therefore bring us closer together, and strengthen our national unity, even as we recognize and celebrate our diversity,” the President said.
“I believe that our Founding Fathers were in search of a Land of Liberty and Freedom, which would serve as a home and a safe haven for all its citizens, regardless of tribe or creed or religion.”
He said redefining Liberia’s identity and building a shared sense of nationalism should be at the center of continued reconciliation in Liberia.
President Weah noted that the model for genuine National Unity and Reconciliation in Liberia is inspired and founded on positive cultural values, citizenship building, good governance, economic empowerment, and the rule of law.
He urged the people of Liberia to embrace the tenets of national unity as they move towards becoming a reconciled and democratic nation, whose citizens are at peace with themselves, their neighbors, and the world.
“As Liberians from diverse ethnic groups, religious beliefs and regions, we must continue to co-exist peacefully as one united Liberian Nation in accordance with our Constitution,” Dr. Weah said further. “We, as Liberians, can only promote National Unity and Reconciliation by living together in peace and harmony.”
The Chief Executive asserted that Liberians can also promote national unity and reconciliation through exercising tolerance by accepting each other’s way of life.
In a country of so many people with different cultures and traditions, he said it is a must that Liberians accept and accord one another respect he or she deserves in matters relating to differences in ideologies and understanding.
The President also identified patriotism as a significant tool for promoting national unity and reconciliation is patriotism, stressing: “This indeed is the bedrock of our national foundation, because when there is love for one’s nation, such love will engender a spirit of brotherhood, sisterhood and fraternity among us as citizens of Liberia, our common country.”
He called on Liberians to denounce and combat acts, writings and utterances which are intended to promote any kind of discrimination, intolerance or lack of justice that are counter-productive to the achievement of national unity and reconciliation.
“Fellow Liberians, in fostering genuine National Unity and Reconciliation, we must let go of the past, embrace the present within the context of our diversities, and give birth to the future with unity, peace, reconciliation and sustainable development as our imperative agenda,” he urged.
President Weah also challenged Liberians to champion the cause of national unity and to reconcile our differences for Liberia’s growth and development.
“Let us reinforce and strengthen the common heritage that unites all of us, both the descendants of the indigenous people and the descendants of the settlers. We are one people, with one destiny,” Dr. Weah intimidated.
“As Liberia is the only country that we have, we must do all in our powers to keep it safe, not only for our citizens and foreign residents, but for all who would visit us as friends of Liberia, for work, for play, for business, for investment, and for learning.”
He urged Liberians at home and abroad to fight discrimination in every phase and form of socio-economic cohabitation and collaborations.
“Let us fight hatred and malice. These are all negative vices that detract us from our higher purpose of oneness and national coherence,” he added. “Because there is so much more that unites us than that which may tend to divide us, let us celebrate the complexities of our rich diversities, and live in peace, unity, and harmony as our brother’ and sisters’ keepers.”
Source: Executive Mansion