The national peace festival scheduled to take place next Monday, October 24, has gained a major boost with the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) and partners signing a major communiqué soliciting the support of everyone in maintaining the nation’s peace.
Those who signed the peace document, in addition to LCP, were Women in Peace-building Network (WIPNET), the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), the Muslim Union, Women on the Move, Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), and University of Liberia Students Union (ULSU).
LCP Executive Director, Julie Endee, who read the communiqué, said the two-day peace forum (October 18-19) is aimed to build consensus in sustaining peace now and after the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
‘’As we have concluded and affixed our signatures to this document, clothed with legal implications and social independence, we now resolve to sustain the peace. We will not relent to hold politicians including stakeholders accountable for any acts contrary to peace in our country,’’ Madam Endee said.
She said delegates from various organizations in partnership with LCP emphasized the importance of peace in Liberia.
On behalf of the Peace Building Office at Ministry of Internal Affairs earlier on Tuesday, Madam Massa Fofana expressed gratitude on behalf of her office staff to the leadership of the LCP and all the partners that provided the requisite education to the public on peace.
‘’When you have peace, you work freely, move around freely and achieve lots more than when there is war or some other forms of unrest,’’ Madam Fofana said.
She called on the youth to be good listeners and remain patient to deal with issues as they arise.
On the other hand, she called on the adults to help the young people to learn rather than always calling them names that do not mean good for not only the youth, but society as well.
She pledged MIA’s full support to the grand peace festival expected to take place on Monday.
For her part, WIPNET head Mrs. Cecelia T. Danuwalie said peace cannot be sustained unless it comes from the heart of an individual.
She called on everyone to free his or her mind from prejudices and perceptions that would block positive thinking.
Joe Wallay, former spokesperson of the disbanded rebel faction, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), pledged to promote peace in the country for the rest of his life. He called on other former warlords to join the campaign against violence.
The two day peace forum’s communiqué last weekend engaged the National Elections Commission (NEC) to sign the document and commit to the conduct of free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful elections.