House Speaker J. Alex Tyler says the attainment of peace and reconciliation is vital to the success and unity of all sections of the state.
Speaker Tyler said while the provision of basic social services might be important, it is also a worthwhile initiative to sustain the existing peace noting that "there is nothing we can do without peace."
In his keynote address at the launch of the "Defiance Campaign against Gross Disrespect For Mama Liberia", held at the Gbarnga Administration Building, Speaker Tyler observed that there is "serious erosion in the cultural values' of the country.
He observed that Liberian youths nowadays disrespectfully address their leaders and elders, a situation he attributed to the protracted civil conflict.
Presenting the overview of the campaign, Nimba County Representative and sponsor of the campaign, Matenokay Tingba, said the purpose of the campaign is to build the consciousness of citizens about their cultural values and dignity in respecting constituted authorities of the country.
He said due to lack of respect by citizens for leaders and the elderly, the country is gradually losing its traditional flavor which, he said, he wants to restore by launching the "Defiance Campaign" against this practice.
In her welcome statement, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy lauded Representative Tingba for the initiative, but noted that the gathering should have started on a peace and reconciliation footing, and not as a political rally.
The campaign seeks to curtail gross disrespect for Liberia, provide respect for national leaders, fight marginalization of traditional and religious leaders and restore the dignity and pride of the country, constituted authorities, chiefs, elders and the youth as well.