The National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders, in collaboration with the National Christian and Muslim Council, has finally decided to intervene in the ongoing electoral impasse to ensure a peaceful and smooth transition of power in the country in January 2018.
The Council brought together chiefs from the fifteen counties and sixteen tribes to Monrovia, ready to meet with political stakeholders.
Speaking yesterday in a news conference at the headquarters of the chiefs and elders on the Camp Johnson Road, Chief Zanzan Karwor said there is an urgent need for the council to intervene in the election crisis to maintain the peace in the country. He said the council does not want to miss the chance for a smooth transfer of power and noted that Liberians must listen to the chiefs because they are their fathers of the land.
He said Liberia is now shaking and needs the timely effort of the council to stop the conflict for the betterment of the society. “Liberia is not set because the time we were to vote for the runoff we never voted and this has drawn our concern to come to save Liberia from the crisis in our motherland.”
Chief Karwor thanked Liberty Party for being peaceful and taking the legal route rather than getting in the streets to cause violence that could lead to war. He said the elders and their collaborators will call on the Supreme Court, the NEC, LP, UP, ALP, ANC and the president to find a common ground to the problem.
He said they are no part of any political party only interested in the maintenance of the peace in Liberia.
Presenting kola nuts, symbolizing peace, to the chiefs from the 15 counties, the vice coordinator of the National Chief and Elders Mrs. Satta Fofana Saah said the traditional council is the foundation of the nation, with the strength to settle the conflict to maintain peace to the Liberia.
She said the kola nut is the symbol of peace and the success and blessings of the country are in the kola nut.
Mrs. Saah said kola nuts stand for peace and justice and the traditional people always use them to settle disputes in the country.
Also speaking, the head of the National Governors Council of the sixteen tribes of Liberia, Mrs. Musu Thompson, said Liberians need to return to their culture if they must keep the country peaceful.
“We don’t have papers (passports) to leave Liberia if there is a problem and because of this we are calling on our children to speak with them to do away with violence for a smooth transition of power from one president to the other,” she implored, adding that Liberians should not forget their culture because of power. “All we want in Liberia is peace, not war.” She said politicians must do away with words that will cause chaos in the country.
She however thanked Liberia’s Culture Ambassador Juli Endee, who she described as the “traditional queen,” for her effort to support peace efforts in the country. She said the young people must follow the example of the traditional queen to support peace in Liberia.