We thank and praise Almighty Allah for His mercies, grace and goodness for the human family. The greatest of His mercies is that He sent into the world prophets and messengers to reveal hidden truths about Himself and HIS creations, to help evolve human beings toward perfection.
We thank Allah for Moses with the Holy Tura, we thank Allah for Jesus with the Holy Gospel, and we thank Allah for Mohammad with the Holy Koran, PBBUT.
We greet all of you brothers and sisters with greeting words of peace in Islam, AsalaamAlaikum.
The greatest gifts from Allah Almighty to the human family are Discipline and patience. When we go outside the natural sphere of life in which He created us, then, we go into erosion, which impact on our ability to see, to hear, to speak, to vision and in bringing our vision into reality.
It is self evident that one cannot outsource himself out of a disaster, we have to face it and fix it. That is what patriots do for their country and that is what God fearing people do for humanities. The way to honor those who defend our liberties with their deeds and lives is not to short change the rights of others or curtail their liberty, but to exercise tolerance and acceptance in pursuit of a just and peaceful co-existence.
Plus, the way to protect the liberty and democracy we each endear and strive to achieve and secure is not by the protection of one group at the expense of others. The fundamental pillar that sustains all participatory society is the way justice is dispensed. The uncompromising elements behind every vibrantsociety are: tolerance, acceptance transparency, respect for others, upholding the rule of law, and the protection of individual inalienable rights, (life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness).
Any attemptby anyone to ignore, disregard, and compromise these sensitive issues and do not take proactive steps to address them, it has the propensity to result into a distasteful and disastrous social discontent, or could create a wedge between civility and decorum. Emotions could, indeed, shift into high gear and nine times out of ten, violence becomes inevitable.
We are grateful to Almighty Allah and are elated to see our Christian brothers and sisters, (the true defenders of the Christian Faith) fighting not to allow the church to be used as a political tool by zealous politician under the disguise of the church to undermine our culture of peaceful co-existence and the doctrine it has judiciously defended.Your actions are beyond the defense of country but the protection of your faith.
The greatest threat to any civilized nation is the deafening sound of silence of the righteous.It is more dangerous to the security of the state than evil itself.
Right now, our country is consumed by a complex web of inter-related social issues that require the involvement of every able Liberian. Efforts have to be made in order to develop a way of challenging the innumerable myths and misconceptions through a combined use of both historical analysis and micro-empirical assessment, not in theory, chicanery, or the usual shenanigans, but through sincerity. Strong recommendations have to be made by policy makers, scholars, and people of goodwill to promote reconciliation in its purest sense.
Such a recommendation should suggest that we each reexamine our own attitudes as individuals, as ethnic groups, as religious groups and as a nation; for our attitudes are essential to our ultimate goal.
It is our duty to our nation to diversify if we yearn for her to flourish. For in the final analysis, our most common link is that we all inhabit this land. We all breathe the same air. And, we all cherish our children’s future. We have to sharpen our national spirit and leadership skills and remember that leaders must create harmony from discord by changing destructive forces around usand transforming them into positive pursuits, which will benefit us all.
We should remember that great leaders show their greatness by the power of their examples, not by the example of their power and by the way they treat the opposition and the less fortunate. Our failure to focus on the reconciliatory process has led us on the path of dangerous religious bigotry and dangerous loyalty to our personal affiliations above our national interests.
It has fueled greed, hatred, intolerance, vengeance, and tricks, among others. We need not be reminded that these and some of the cultural values we each endear, under the umbrella, are repulsive and repugnant to all democratic values and nation building. It was not always like that. We co-existed with respect and tolerance.
Today, many of us see nothing in the dignity and glory ofthis great nation to protect. If given the chance, a typical Liberian could sell anything of this nation if they can find a buyer. A typical Liberian will do anything to a fellow Liberian or institution just to prove a point.
We destroyed the Sandi and the Poro Schools, burned Mosques and Churches, and damaged the Masonic Temple. If we add it all together, the sum translates to understanding the reasoning behind why the country, one hundred and sixty eight (168) this year, and the people are in this current state of disarray. Most of us do not think beyond our little selves and our tribes and religion to protect Liberia.
Our failure as people to put Liberia first could be the actual cause of the collapse of this Republic. The biggest tragedy of this madness we called “the civil war” we did not learn anything from it.
We cannot and should not remain aloof as we detect and seeour lives and the future of this great nation sliding towards an abyss of violence. The saddest reality that continues to dawn on us, as believers is, that we do not hear enough from the silence majority on our side to help fulfill God’s will for the final reconciliation for all Liberians.
We end with a quote from the Reverend Martin Luther King of the United States.
"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.