25 June 2013

Liberia: Reconciliation Must Go Beyond Mere Handshake


THE NATIONAL PEACE and Reconciliation Initiative, which was unveiled last week came at a time many Liberians are questing for peace and security to enhance their well-being. Even people in authority have been yearning for the appropriate opportunity and forum to begin the manifestation of peace to another.

AT THE LAUNCHING ceremony recently, long time political arch rivals, Honorable Dr. Bhofah Chambers and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf joyfully and happily embraced one another in a dramatic handshake which symbolizes the spirit of peace and reconciliation.

DR. CHAMBERS AND President Sirleaf fell apart due to policy differences, which led to the resignation of Dr. Chambers from the ruling Unity Party to join the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

PRESIDENT SIRLEAF SAID "My commitment to peace is genuine and I truly believe Liberia will be a better place to live because Liberia's journey to national reconciliation is gaining momentum."

AT THE FUNCTION, Ambassador George Weah, who headed the Peace Initiative, joined many Liberians to reaffirm their commitments to live in peace and harmony, as well as promote national renewals.

THE GESTURE BY the two top individuals of government gives a signal that, truly, there is the need for Liberians to let bye-gone be bye-gone and live together as one people with common destiny and purpose.

WHAT WE WANT to see happening in the nearest future is that, this historic hand shake and embracing will be translated into genuine and sustainable peace that Liberians can use as reference for promoting peace among themselves. IT IS OUR hope that the declaration of commitments to peace by all is not a mere bluff motivated by attempt to gain political popularity, which may vanish away when the political interest diminishes.


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