18 September 2017

Liberia: 'Liberia's Peace in Your Hands'

The Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia has called on political actors to see themselves as guarantors of peace and stability during the upcoming representative and presidential elections in the country.

Bishop Jensen Seyenkulo said if the country must remain peaceful during and after the elections, political parties' leaders need to adapt the spirit of maturity in dealing with electoral matters void of violence.

Bishop Seyenkulo was speaking Friday in Sinkor at the opening of a conference organized by the Lutheran Church Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program on Women Solidarity Role towards to the 2017 elections.

Bishop Seyenkulo said why it is true that every candidate is certain for victory, it is also important that the result be accepted and whatever issue thereafter, should be handled in line with the laws of the state and not through violence.

The Lutheran Bishop said Liberians must now realize that only peace is the surest solution to human existence, especially in a country like Liberia recovering from years of civil war.

"Without peace, a lot of things that we dreamed of will remain dreams; they will never become reality if we don't have peace," he noted.

Bishop Seyenkulo said the 2017 elections is a defining moment for Liberia, and that political actors must realize that nothing is possible in the absence of peace by teaching their followers to denounce acts that would threaten the peace.

Bishop Seyenkulo emphasized the need to maintain the peace "we have to remain peaceful. I am hearing people with confidence expressing their conviction that this election is theirs, this is what makes politics or democracy positive thing around the world; but such conviction should not be expressed by means of violence to undermine peaceful co-existence."

He noted that if the goals of these political actors are to build a prosperous nation, peace is the answer because it is essential in the building of any nation.

Bishop Seyenkulo thanked the women for organizing themselves in ensuring a peaceful country for all, and encouraged them to remain committed to the process.

Also speaking, a prominent Liberian woman peace advocate, Ruth Caesar urged women in the country to get involved in consolidating peace because only a peaceful country can make successful citizens.

Madam Caesar, Focal Point at the Mano River Women Peace Network said Liberian women have the history of peaching peace and engaging politicians not to allow their feelings to undermine the peace, as such they must not give up.


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