Delivering his oration at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia yesterday, the Liberian scientist and advocate indicated that Liberians have come a long way in the consolidation of peace and national security and efforts to reverse it must be resisted.
According to him, opposition in a democratic society play significant role in the consolidation of peace and security and they are obligated to proffer suggestion for sustained economic growth and development.
Nyan mentioned “opposition plays a big role in maturing and growing our democracy. You must critique the government constructively. Analyze policies without malice, criticize in a mature way, use facts and evidence not innuendos and suggest practical solutions that will move the country forward”.
He emphasized that the peace Liberia enjoys provides an opportunity and imposes an obligation of rebuilding its democracy noting that the “challenges we face today were not created by any political party or individuals. We have to meet them head on to maintain national existence”.
“Political parties must stop making inflammatory statement that will have the potential to plunge the country into violence or intimidate voters”, he intoned.
The Liberian Medical Scholar furthered that the democratic gains can only be harness with mutual respect and the rule of law which must surpass individual status and position.
“We must fight poverty, ignorance, diseases, corruption, hatred, and encourage each other with progressive ideals so as to rebuild Liberia to be the pride and enviable in Africa”, Dr. Nyan narrated.
He expounded that institutions like the press and advocacy groups responsible to sustaining democracy must step up against tribalism and ethnic politics and give way for a common national interest.
According to him, Liberia has made some progress, yet still more needs to be done to improve democracy, education, healthcare, and economy and gender issues.
“Liberians have opted for peaceful and democratic governance for too long. The guns have been silence and we are on the path to progress. Living and having a peaceful mind is better than living in skyscrapers- it is what we need and must protect it as a precious commodity,” the 169th Orator said.
He continued: “We want no more war. We are tired. We need to be more united more than ever before.”