The President’s olive branch
President George Manneh Weah extends olive branch to Liberians, specifically, leaders of political parties, civil society groups, elders, religious leaders, traditional leaders, student leaders and the business community, inviting them to a round-table discussion to present their alternative views about the bad state of the economy.
President Weah wants Liberians to sit and dialogue on the way forward for economic revival in Liberia, promising, “Bring your ideas to the table, and I assure you that they will be given my most careful consideration.”
We urge all those concern to cease the opportunity by going for the round-table to sit with the President and put forth their ideas on the current state of affairs. Politics aside, we are all Liberians and the survival of the State should be our paramount goal.
The President’s olive branch followed the 07 June peaceful protest by group of Liberians under the leadership of the Council of Patriots to petition his government for reforms.
We can but only hope that the offer from the President is in good fate in that he promises to give all ideas that will be brought forward his “most careful consideration.”
Liberia is engulfed with multiple challenges, ranging from politics, economics, governance to rule of law, reconciliation and social cohesion, among others.
Friday’s (07June) protest is a clear flashpoint, indicating that all is not well in the country economically hence, a need for swift intervention. Solutions may not only lie with the current government, but other national leaders. This is why the call from President Weah is important.
“It will take the collective effort of all Liberians to achieve the desired objective of reviving the economy and placing our country on a path of sustainable development and transformation. We will have to come together to devise and support new measures which are necessary to address the structural defects and imbalances in our economy”, President Weah stresses.
We agreed with him that all hands should be on deck to finding solutions to the problems that plague us as a nation rather than engaging in blame game, which is always counter-productive to whatever objective we want to achieve.
Dialogue rather than confrontation is the way forward in building a vibrant nation not only for ourselves, but also for posterity.