Monrovia – The Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) has voiced its deep concern regarding recent statements made by certain individuals that have the potential to undermine the peace and stability of Liberia, especially as the country approaches the General and Presidential Elections, scheduled to take place in just 21 days. FLY has called upon all parties involved to prioritize the safety and security of the nation’s citizens.
During a press conference held a week ago, Senator Prince Johnson raised apprehensions about potential election interference and openly expressed readiness to resort to arms if necessary. Such statements, if not addressed promptly, have the potential to instill fear and uncertainty among the populace, jeopardizing the democratic process and the stability of the nation.
In a similar vein, FLY has expressed shock and dismay over the recent declaration made by the standard bearer of the Unity Party, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai, in which he threatened dire consequences for the Republic of Liberia in the event of any disputes related to election fraud.
FLY has stressed the critical importance of a peaceful and transparent electoral process in advancing Liberia’s progress and development. The organization has called upon all citizens to collectively uphold democratic principles and ensure that every voice is heard through the ballot box.
Furthermore, FLY has strongly condemned the circulation of a purported list of prominent Liberians labeled as potential targets. Such a list serves as a grim reminder of Liberia’s dark past, disregarding the unity and coexistence that the nation has been striving to achieve since emerging from the 14-year-long period of bloodshed.
FLY has issued a firm call to all political actors to refrain from using inflammatory rhetoric and intensifying acrimony, instead urging them to commit to a peaceful, free, and fair electoral process. It has underscored the importance of utilizing established legal frameworks to address any issues that may arise, thereby ensuring a democratic and harmonious electoral environment for the benefit of all Liberians.
The organization also acknowledged the recent statement made by the United States government, expressing concerns about safeguarding the integrity of the elections. FLY has called upon regional and international organizations, including ECOWAS, the European Union, the African Union, and others, to actively engage in the electoral process and collaborate to prevent potential threats to Liberia’s democracy.
FLY has categorically condemned any form of violence, incitement, or threats that could lead to unrest and instability. The organization has reminded Liberians of the long and hard-fought journey towards lasting peace and has emphasized the need to protect and preserve this peace for the sake of the nation’s youth and future generations, with particular concern for vulnerable groups such as women, children, and persons with disabilities.
In closing, FLY has issued a fervent call to all Liberians to refrain from making statements that may incite violence or disrupt the democratic process. Instead, the organization encourages constructive dialogue, the promotion of tolerance, and collaborative efforts to ensure a peaceful and successful election.