The Founding National Chairman of the New Liberia Party, Sam Mohammed Kromah in a dispatch which contained a Christmas and New Year’s Message from the United States said, “Throughout history, mankind has consistently tried to control/manage his environment. Many a time, we have successfully managed to conquer. Humans have landed on the moon; that of course, has not stopped our desire to explore new frontiers. We have broken down communication barriers between distances. We continue to discover answers to many of our human problems. We have developed antibiotics to fight and cure infections that once threatened the human race. These enumerations are all testimonies of the supremacy of the greatest gift of all from The LORD, the Human MIND.
Too many of us think that national solidarity in our homeland is impossible and unreal. There is a manufactured superstitious thought that Christians and Muslims cannot peacefully co-exist. That is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable and that Liberia is doomed and gripped by forces we cannot control. We realize that there is a dialectical relationship that exists between the two religions. We must challenge the myths and misconceptions through the use of historical analysis and micro-empirical approaches, not in theory nor shenanigans. Let us work with our religious leaders, scholars, policymakers and people of good will to seriously consider the promotion of reconciliation, in its truest sense.
New Liberia Party knows that religious and ethnic conflicts in Liberia is a man-made distraction, therefore can be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Let us focus on the practical peace, not based on a sudden revolution in human nature, but on a gradual evolution of institutions and on a series of concrete actions and effective agreements, which is in the best interest of all concerned.
Peaceful co-existence does not require that each person loves his or her brother; all it requires is that we live together in mutual tolerance, submitting our disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. By defining our goal more clearly (from clarity comes understanding and from understanding comes knowledge), by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help everyone to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.
I am not asking that we be blind to our differences. What I am saying is that we must direct our attention to our common interests, to the means by which these differences can be resolved or be created into a useful finished product, because I know that our God is a God of diversity and diversity is also a source of power and enrichment. There is nothing wrong with being different. How we manage those differences is what’s important. Democracy is not about the gathering of people of the same views or ideas; it is about the consolidation of these different views to accommodate all involved. Humanity has not fully developed skills of acceptance and tolerance in diversity.
As we celebrate the greatest celebrated time of the year, I humbly remind all of us to uphold the embedded message in our shared values, the spirit of solidarity and unity!
MERRY CHRISMAS and A HAPPY HOLIDAY
Sam Mohammed Kromah, Chairman NEW LIBERIA PARTY