By Gwendolyn S. Myers, founder and executive director, Messengers of Peace (MOP) Liberia, Inc.
Liberia is at the crossroad and over the past four weeks is being educated on its law and its politics. In both instances, the public is unclear about the implications and uncertain on what the future portends. What is perhaps utmost in the minds of young people is how quickly the political impasse will be resolved. Tardy expectations result in the lack of trust in both the politics and the law. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but the longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverb 13:12). The need for urgency cannot be overemphasized and so is the need to get it right.
In the words of Oswald Chambers, “The moral law does not consider us as weak human beings at all, it takes no account of our heredity and infirmities, and it demands that we are absolutely moral. The moral law,” he went on, “never alters, either for the noblest or for the weakest, it is eternally and abidingly the same”. It is on this nugget that we center our dialogue for this week among peace messengers.
As we await the outcome of ongoing legal process, the will of the people in politics should always prevail, not that of the silent minority. We need to trust in our legal system and hope for a ruling that would be in our best interest.
Young people need to understand what is going on and it is incumbent on us as peace advocates to not only sensitize them about the law and the politics but to inform them. Research confirms that well-coordinated information campaign is the key to conflict prevention. In this regard and while we try to make sense of it all, there is an urgent need to develop a roadmap for the way forward. We need an interdisciplinary approach among all stakeholders to resolve this issue.
We definitely don’t need spoilers and dividers. We need dialogue among connectors and mediators to provide solutions.
Ongoing analysis is speculative and subject to individual interpretations. According to one young woman who we spoke to in Margibi, “there is no head and no tail”. It is mesh which Adesewa Oyinkansola’s poem on The Crossroads described as “…Times in one’s life when light seems like darkness. You tread up it thinking you’re in the dark”
To us at Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, this is not the time or place to feel gloomy about the future, this is the time to stay strong, ask the right questions, get meaningfully involved and active. We anticipate that the issue would be resolved sooner than later. We must not lose sight of the security implications of any further delays and how this affects the daily life of people in Liberia, especially as the country prepares for Christmas.
Until next week, when we continue on the second part of this topic, we reiterate our call for a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected President to another and from one legislator to another. As we wait, let peace be your watch phrase. Peace first, Peace above all else and May Peace prevail in our time. #Votepeace; #Peace my democratic choice.