Ahead of Liberia’s 15th peace anniversary celebrations, the Executive Director of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), Ambassador Juli Endee, has called on Liberians to embrace the culture of peace and denounce violence. Madam Endee said peace is a pivotal instrument of development and must be embraced by all Liberians.
Speaking to journalists ahead of the Kukatonon peace festival, which will take place in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, the LCP boss said it is about time that all Liberians build up the real and practical spirit of patriotism as well as nationalism for their motherland.
Despite the current economic situation in the country, Ambassador Endee is of the conviction that the people of this nation are ready and prepared to sustain and maintain the peace, evidenced by a 15-year uninterrupted peace that they now enjoy since the signing of the Accra Peace Accord on August 18, 2003.
Peace, she told reporters, is not what people wish for. Rather, it is what they say, do and demonstrate. As such, she used the occasion to urge residents across the fifteen political subdivisions of Liberia to now demonstrate a true degree of love for each other and country, which she said would be a driving force to achieving genuine peace.
She commended President George Weah and former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for playing a key role towards the current peace that Liberians enjoy.
As part of his immense contribution to Liberia’s peace process, President George Weah, during the official celebrations of the day, will walk away with the “ICON-OF-PEACE-MEDAL AWARD.”
Meanwhile, activities leading to the celebration of the Kukatornon peace festival is said to be well on course, noted Madam Endee. On Wednesday, a special thanksgiving service will be held at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 14th Street, in Sinkor.
Rev. Christopher Toe, Secretary General of the Liberia Council of Churches, will deliver a special message, while the chief Imam of Liberia, Ali Krayee, will conduct a special thanksgiving service for the Muslim Community at the Benson Street Central Mosque.
The historic fifteen years of uninterrupted peace in Liberia has superseded the dark fourteen years of armed conflict. As such, Ambassador Juli Endee encouraged all Liberians and residents of the land and beyond to come on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 12 noon with a white handkerchief, cloth or any other white object as a sign of embracing the culture of peace and saying no to war.
She at the same time called on Liberians to turn out in en masse on Saturday, August 18, 2018, in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, to attend an official ceremony where Dr. George Weah is expected to deliver a special peace message to the people of the land.
Additionally, citizens and women’s groups from neighboring Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Guinea, including local women’s and youth’s groups in Liberia are expected to be in full attendance to grace the unique occasion.
It may be be recalled that in 2003, in Accra, Ghana, women of this country, during the peace accord, were instrumental in working towards the realization of the current peace of this nation. August 18, 2018, will mark exactly fifteen years since that historic decision was made.