House Speaker J. Alex Tyler is urging Liberian youths to be constructive in engaging government to address national
issues and avoid an anti-government approach.
He observed that the ‘militant manner’ in which youths present their plight to government will not help create dialogue and foster the process of enhancing post-war reconstruction.
The House Speaker made the statement Friday at a fundraising program for the Freshman Class of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) held on the theme: “The role of young people in nation-building” on the main campus of the university on Camp Johnson Road.
He noted that the expectations of young people during the 11-year rule of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led Government may not have been met as expected, but reminded them that they need to realize that the destruction wrecked on the country was enormous and virtually destroyed it.
Tyler stressed that violence and anti-government demonstrations are not strange to Liberians, but explained that as a result of the 14- year civil conflict, the nation is going through severe difficulties in the rebuilding process, noting that if Liberia had not gone through a prolonged civil crisis it could have been much better than it is now.
Speaker Tyler emphasized that the youths should not allow people to use them to engage in destructive ventures again, urging them to strive to invest in the development of Liberia with positive attitude to transform the nation.