Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has called for the inclusive participation of all Liberians in preserving and maintaining the peace the nation currently enjoys.
Speaking at the launch of the National Palava Hut Technical Forum organized by the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), Vice President Boakai urged every Liberian to bear in mind that the search for reconciliation is a deliberate one that needs to be handled with particular dexterity (skills) and foresight.
The INCHR replaces the controversial Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in an effort to implement several recommendations from that body relative to Liberia’s 14 years of conflict.
In a quest to find and sustain peace, the Vice President added; “Go to every length possible, not ignoring matters that may even present themselves to be inconsequential.”
“Like the good old book admonishes us, let us not only seek peace but also pursue it,” he added.
He maintained that fostering the nation’s forward march depends on colossal and meaningful participation of all in the palava hut peace initiative.
“We are not mistaken to assure ourselves that if we could, in the midst of all the challenges, maintain 10 solid years of peaceful coexistence, we certainly can confidently move towards achieving lasting peace for nation development and progress,” he said.
He considered the quest to having lasting peace as, “a national challenge that does not rest only on the shoulders of government but the entire citizenry.”
“We call on every Liberian to pay keen attention to and strongly support all work undertaken to heal our wounds and reinforce the bonds that hold us together. Let the works of your hands serve to set the tune of our national discourse on a positive note. Let us move to stop reminding ourselves and others of the negative past of disrespect, intolerance, and division as occasioned by our conduct; be it in words or deeds,” he admonished.
Also making remarks, Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly, committed the Ministry to every part of the palava hut process.
He expressed the uniqueness of such a manner in settling disputes in the Liberian culture, adding: “This will help address our differences as people because this had been part of our culture for generations now.”
Justice Minister Christiana Tah indicated that palava hut settlement remains the best way for people to address their grievances. “We have not forgotten the TRC report,” she said. “We have to engage every idea necessary to move forward.”