Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, Standard Bearer of the Freedom Alliance Party of Liberia (FAPL) has made a call for Patriotism.
Dr. Tipoteh said that his call for patriotism is a call for united Liberian action to prevent violence and promote peace through justice.
According to Dr. Tipoteh, patriotic action is directed at rebuilding Liberia for the better with sustained improvement in the living conditions of the people, especially poor people.
At the center of this patriotic action is justice for all, Dr. Tipoteh said.
Dr. Tipoteh made his call for patriotism in his Annual Message to the people of Liberia in this 2011/2012 Season of Hope for in this Lasting Peace as released this week.
More than ever before in the history of Liberia, Dr. Tipoteh expressed firmly, that there is the need for good leadership in government, civil society, and the private business sector to practice honesty in all of their actions to set good examples, especially for young people to become prepared to build a just, peaceful and better Liberia.
Dr. Tipoteh insisted that it is the practice of honesty that makes leaders to promise only what can be delivered so as not to raise frustration that leads to violence when promises are not met.
Furthermore, Dr. Tipoteh said that it is the same practice of honesty that directs people to use legal and peaceful means to attend to problems that they face.
Dr. Tipoteh added that the practice of honesty would have led the planners and implementers of the 2011/2012 season employment for young people to make only promises that could be explained and implemented well and violence would not have taken place.
Concluding his Annual Message to the Liberian People, Dr. Tipoteh reminded Liberians to always be grateful to God and use the minds and hearts given to the people of Liberia by God to learn correctly the lessons from mistakes because progress can be made only by correcting mistakes.
Dr. Tipoteh then extended deepest appreciations to the friends of Liberia, led by the United Nations, ECOWAS, the African Union and the European Union, for their continuous assistance in the rebuilding of Liberia.