By Ellen Korto Dunbar
In the wake of Liberia’s recent elections, a pivotal moment unfolds in our homeland. Eyes from across Africa, especially West Africa, are keenly fixed on us. As we eagerly await the election results, I solemnly remind my fellow compatriots that our collective goal should be the progress of the nation. Regardless of the election’s outcome, it is paramount to emphasize the significance of unity, national recovery, and the renunciation of divisive actions such as riots, bloodshed, or self-destruction.
Liberia’s electoral history is often peppered with drama and heightened passions. This year’s elections carry profound significance, and it is vital that democracy and restraint continue to serve as fundamental pillars for Liberia. As our continent and the global community wrestle with multifaceted crises – wars, droughts, economic tribulations and the looming specter of food insecurity leading to potential famine of biblical proportions – Liberia’s post-election peace and resilience amidst such trials could be a lesson to the world.
To the man who will emerge as the victor in this year’s presidential election, I extend my anticipatory congratulations and a heartfelt plea: have mercy on us! Guiding Liberia through these turbulent times demands sagacity, inclusivity, compassion, and above all, an unwavering love for Liberia. Embracing dialogue and constructive criticism will bolster our collective strength. Progress and prosperity beckon through collaboration, Liberia is no one’s exclusive domain or private property!
For those candidates who may not secure victory, your vision and supporters remain invaluable. Your efforts must not wither. Your reservoirs of experience and ideas remain powerful assets, with the potential to steer Liberia towards greater achievements. Unless, of course, your intent was solely for self-aggrandizement at the expense of the nation.
To each citizen and partisan, regardless of your affiliation, Liberia’s advancement pivots upon the collective efforts of its people. The fervor of our emotions, be they exultation or disappointment, must now be channeled into productive discourse and actions. Our history, marred by civil war, Ebola, and regrettably, lapses in governance, are indelible, yet they must not dictate our future. Any post-election violence, rioting, and bloodshed will only impede our progress and sow deeper divisions. The current juncture beckons for bridge-building; this is our moment to help Liberia mend, recover and progress towards prosperity and affluence.
I urge all Liberians to partake in peaceful discourse and actions that will foster nation-building. The preservation of peace is a shared responsibility. Liberia’s future and its path forward are not solely in the hands of a chosen few, but the purview of the many. I encourage all Liberians to collaborate in securing a brighter, more prosperous future for Liberia, emancipated from the shackles of our history and in her rightful seat of global influence as Africa’s oldest republic! For Liberia’s sake, and the sake of generations to come, let us opt for peace and progress; let us work collectively to heal and reconstruct our nation.
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