Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century once said: "The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war."
This is the favorable path Liberians of all walks of life are treading in rejecting calls by some Liberians, many of whom are residing in the US, for President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to resign mindful of their dreadful past violence that resulted into untold killing of over 300,000 people and destruction of major national infrastructures.
Speaking on the various radio talk-show including that of social media (facebook & Twitter) and at various intellectual centers across the country, Liberians, mostly young people who are often victimized by violence, expressed the view that although all is not 'economically well' in the country, the call for the resignation of the President at this crucial juncture in Liberia's young democracy is counterproductive to the peace of the state.
The citizens who aired or posted their views on various media outlets at home and abroad, also said they will not encourage any acts that are inimical to the stability of the country, as many of them are lagging far behind in their education sojourns and growth, and no amount of quick regime change will urgently transform the situation, except through peace and democratic transition.
"We do not support the call for President Sirleaf to step down because we know it will cause retrogression of the progress achieved so far, because there could be a tense power struggle after her departure which would be more harmful than good.
A female caller, Dewale told Fabric FM radio's host, Kelvin on Friday October 4, 2013, "We know what it means when you go through violence. We experienced it a few years ago, and we are not willing to go back."
Also, Benjamin Sanvee, a former Youth Advisor to ex-President Charles Taylor called on all the young people to say no to elements of war as they (the youth) were used for the selfish motives of politicians without any tangible benefits. He said the young people are the ones who suffer the most in times of anarchy and mayhem.
Sanvee said "considering the recent past turmoil the country experienced at the hands of 'blood-thirsty' and 'power-drunk' politicians, it is now time for young people to turn their backs on violence and prepare themselves for a better future."
Many of the callers of various radio programs said they prefer the President to end her term despite the challenges the country faced. Callers who participated in call-in discussions on Truth, Love, Fabric, Power, Skyy, Veritas and state radio ELBC opposed any form of regime change at this moment, adding that, it would hinder the country's development programs.
Besides, the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union (LMTU) and Petit Traders Association, students and youth groups have also added their voices to the chorus for the President to end her tenure because according to them, any short-cut for regime change could lead to another political 'miscarriage', which will undermine their businesses.
Also, the political leader of the main opposition, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Ambassador, George M. Weah, while calling on President Sirleaf to address the concerns of the Liberian people, cautioned officials of CDC who are in the vanguard of the 'Ellen-Step Down Campaign' to desist; noting,, the peace of the country must be preserved at all times.
Speaking during an intercessory prayer in his honor at the Georgia Pattern United Methodist Church, in Monrovia, following his arrival from the US, Ambassador Weah said he does not support calls for President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to step down, and he is against the current wave of division that is being spread by anti-peace elements.
Weah criticizing executives of his party, who are spearheading the President's removal campaign said, "We have to be careful; most especially as CDCians. But they thought that saying the President must resign, was speaking on behalf of the Liberian people. No. Today, our friends are making these same statements. But it is worse coming from you all than those people that started saying it."
"When you are hoping to be the next government of this country, you have to watch your utterances. If you are in a society where you are a leader, be it a youth wing leader, a political leader, you have to be very careful how you speak", Weah maintained.
At the same time, massive preparations are ongoing for the welcome ceremony for President Ellen-Johnson-Sirleaf's return. According to reports, thousands of Liberians are in joyous mood to receive their President back home following her splendid performance at the recent UN gathering in New York. Under the umbrella of the newly launched civil society group, Liberians for the Protection of Peace and Democracy (LPPD), the citizens said the peace and stability of the country as well its nascent democracy must be maintained.
According to the citizens, the fruits of peace have no boundaries; it knows no tribe, religion, political party or social class.
In this direction, they said, "it is incumbent upon all Liberians to work at protecting it. This is our ultimate goal."
Those preparing to travel to as far as the Roberts International Airport (RIA) said they appreciate the work of the Liberian leader despite the challenges Liberia and other nations are experiencing.