14 Jan

‘Peace Remains Our Hero’

first_imgRock Hill Community Youth posed for photo during the Peace Interactive Forum in Monrovia-Rock Hill Youth FounderThe founder of the Rock Hill Community Youth Initiative, Patricia G. Sonah, says that despite the current state of the electoral process, Liberians should not forget that peace remains our hero. She said in spite of the Supreme Court’s stay order on electoral activities young people should understand that peace serves as a bell to ring in everyone’s ears.Speaking recently at a one-day forum in the Rock Hill Community on GSA Road in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Sonah stressed that Liberia is now at a crossroad. “The young people need to be careful with politicians and should not be fooled to do anything that will bring a setback. Let us remain calm and look up to the Supreme Court and the NEC as the major players in the game,’’ Sonah admonished.The program held under the theme ‘Peace Is Our Hero’ brought together students from various high schools, community leaders and youth from the various political parties in Electoral District #6, Montserrado County.Looking at the critical stage of “our country’s democracy, we need to preach peace messages,” Sonah maintained,  stressing that young people should understand that elections will be over and Liberia will remain, and as such the message of peace should never leave our hearts.Ms. Sonah wants young Liberians to be peace ambassadors in their communities and called on aggrieved political parties to put the interest of the country first to ensure a peaceful transition process.She also called on the National Elections Commission to do what it takes in the right direction for the country not to encounter any constitutional crisis.In remarks the vice chair for planning and policy for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Millais Z. Sheriff, said if Liberia must remain peaceful, then the young people must always play the role as peace ambassadors since they constitute about 65 percent of the Liberian population.‘‘I want you to know, regardless of our political differences, we have one thing that makes us one, that is Liberia and so let us take Mama Liberia by joining other countries around the world after elections to celebrate peace,’’ said Sheriff.The CDC executive frowned on the current state of the electoral process, stating that the hauling and pulling in the electoral process is in one way or the other affecting the common man economically.He urged the Supreme Court, the NEC and those aggrieved parties, to understand that in spite of the grievances, the country needs to move on and that the young people have a reason to live in peace without fear. He also appealed to the international community to intervene in the current state of the electoral process to ensure a peaceful democratic transition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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