The Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah has called on the youth of Liberia to guard against unhelpful influences, rise up to the reality of changing times and be patriotic in their undertakings.
He advised Liberian youth to beware of pseudo-revolutionaries, and eschew actions and practices that are inimical to peaceful coexistence.
He described dialogue as the surest way to finding solutions to even the most intractable issues, urging youths to put dialogue at the front-burner in their daily interactions with people and groups.
The Liberian leader made the remarks Friday, January 25, at the induction of the new leadership of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) at the Monrovia City Hall.
President Weah observed that it was a waste of time for one to spend years in pointless agitation in the name of revolutionary struggles and go down in history as “trouble-makers and failures.”
He, therefore, admonished the youth of Liberia not to follow failed self-proclaimed revolutionaries who have nothing to show as achievements.
The Liberian head of state told young Liberians that in any struggle there are entry and exit points, adding, “Now is the time for a paradigm shift and change in the modus operandi so as to give the Liberian progressive struggle its true meaning and purpose.”
“A true revolutionary is someone who guides and leads people in a peaceful state of mind,” President Weah said further, dissecting two kinds of revolutionaries: those who are revolutionaries in earnest and those who want to be but are not.”
He described revolutionaries as true patriots who find solutions to complicated national problems and lead their followers towards the actualization of their dreams and aspirations.
The President further admonished young Liberians: “Do not ruin your future for failed self-styled revolutionaries who misled our people and caused state failures and national backwardness in the last 60 years.
He warned the youth further: “Cowards do not have a sense of stability to lead. Only people with positive minds can lead. This is your time. Drive yourselves through life with the inclination to promote peace. Always engage in dialogue, not violence, as a way of solving problems politically.”
The President, however, told the jam-packed hall of youth at the FLY induction program not to be carried away by the actions of those who do not have the trail of success in their self-imposed revolutionary lives.
President Weah urged the new leadership of FLY to think outside of the box by working with his government and partners to redirect the trajectory of advocacy. This, he said, will give the youth equal opportunities that can prepare them for vibrant future leadership and contribution to society.
President Weah said education was not necessarily how much books one read or wrote, but is determined by one’s innovation and accomplishments that are helpful to society and humanity.
The President bemoaned FLY’s inability to own an office despite its existence spanning forty years, stressing this is not a honorable record for such an important organization.
He called on the newly inducted President of FLY to strive for self-control, and learn not to imitate negative tendencies.