As Liberia observes International Day of Peace
National Muslim chief imam Ali Krayee has admonished Liberian politicians to be truthful as they go about campaigning during these elections.
Imam Krayee said although the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration had its own pitfalls, it has largely ensured that Liberia remains on the path of peace and development.
He said for anyone to think that the Government of Liberia has done nothing would suggest that the over 12 years of peace Liberians have enjoyed means nothing to them.
He added: “I may sound apologetic for the Sirleaf government. Yes, there are some major gaps, but you cannot say that the peace we have enjoyed in this country since the war is nothing.”
Speaking during an event marking the International Day of Peace in Kakata, Margibi County recently, imam Krayee said God is never happy with any ungrateful spirit; and therefore, called on politicians to exercise honesty during these elections.
He also cautioned the chairman of the National Elections Commission to be careful how he handles the elections because anything less than the peaceful conduct of a free, fair and transparent election will determine whether the country remains peaceful or not.
Imam Krayee also called on Liberians to develop a sense of forgiveness, warning that there can be no genuine peace without true forgiveness.
The celebration of the International Day of Peace, which started with a parade on the principal streets of Kakata, was held under the auspices of a consortium of peace-related and pro-democracy organizations under the banner of Peace Action Network (PAN).
The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is a working holiday observed annually on September 21.
The executive director of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), Ambassador Juli Endee, urged Liberians to consider peace first in their daily activities, because peace is ‘what you are, what you say and what you do.’
Amb. Endee’s LCP is part of the Peace Action Network.
Other partners making remarks at the occasion included the Federation of Liberian Youth, the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled, the National Traditional Council, WANEP, the National Governors Council of Liberia, the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, the Women NGO Secretariat, the Liberia Women’s Media Action Committee and the Liberia National Student Union.
The Carter Center is among several organizations supporting peace initiatives around the world, and was one of the main sponsors of the International Day of Peace celebrations.
Carter Center chief of party Pewee Flomoku called on Liberians to show more commitment to peace by being proactive in their actions toward peace initiatives.
He commended Liberian women for their roles in ensuring that Liberia attains peace and remains peaceful up to present, since the end of the civil war in 2003.
Mr. Flomoku applauded member organizations of the Peace Action Network and the people of Kakata and surrounding towns for their participation in the Peace Day activities.
The Kakata Peace Day celebration was held under the theme ‘Love Peace! Speak Peace! Act Peace! Say no to violence.”