President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has cautioned political leaders here to preserve the peace that Liberians are enjoying while the country gets closer to the October presidential and representatives elections.
Addressing a national political forum at the Monrovia City Hall Wednesday, 31 May, Madam Sirleaf expressed commendations for political actors here for concluding the Ganta Declaration in Nimba County and for participating in the dialogue that led to the two – day meeting at the City Hall.
“… I strongly believe that if it is anything that all Liberians agree on, it is the need to preserve the peace”, Mrs. Sirleaf says. The Liberian Leader has underscored peace as the instrument that enables Liberians to be better reconcilers, and has also provided the conducive environment for development here.
She recalls that Liberians experienced the transition of an outgoing elected president to an incoming elected president more than half a century ago. President Sirleaf gave a reflection on how following a peaceful, free and fair election, former president Edwin J. Barclay turned over power to William V.S. Tubman, a similar historic event that she believes Liberians will have the opportunity to witness comes 16 January 2018.
Mrs. Sirleaf calls it a defining test to Liberia’s democracy, which will be the trigger for continuing and strengthening of international partnerships. She has told political actors at the forum that the ECOWAS Summit being held here will grant them the opportunity, particularly party standard bearers and political leaders, a unique opportunity to interact with regional and world leaders who now occupy positions in their respective countries that politicians here expire to head in Liberia.
Mrs. Sirleaf has noted that the visiting leaders will witness Liberian political actors signing the Farmington River Declaration, committing themselves to a peaceful election. She has encouraged them to embrace it as an opportunity to add instant legitimacy to the elections, and further urged them individually of such statesmanship.
Also speaking, an ECOWAS Ambassador proxy at the forum Mr. Nat Walker said it is time that Liberians demonstrate a spirit of patriotism as the election gets closer. He has expressed ECOWAS’ commitment to the resolution of the inter-party consultative dialogue that was held in Ganta, Nimba County.
“We will like to see the resolution fully solidified through a strengthened commitment, and a firm declaration which will provide the outcome for a peaceful elections”. Mr. Walker says.
By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Winston W. Parley