Now Is The Time
-Pres. Weah Declares
President George Manneh Weah has called on Liberian youths to watch out against unhelpful influences and rise up to the reality of changing times; urging them to be patriotic in their undertakings.
The head of state told the 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.”The Liberian leader admonished the young people to beware of what he described as “pseudo revolutionaries” and eschew actions and practices that are inimical to peaceful coexistence. He described dialogue as the only 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.
He made the remarks over the weekend at the induction of the new leadership of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) in Monrovia.
Pres.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,” but admonished them not to follow “failed self-proclaimed revolutionaries” who have nothing to show as achievements.
“A true revolutionary is someone who guides and leads people in a peaceful state of mind,” the President said, while 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.“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.”
“Cowards do not have a sense of stability to lead. Only people with positive minds can lead. This is your time. Drive yourself 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.
He 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.
Pres. Weah said, education is not necessarily about how much books one read or wrote but is determined by one’s innovation and accomplishments that are helpful to society and humanity.
He lamented FLY’s inability to own its office despite its existence spanning forty years, stressing this is not an honorable record for such an important organization.
Meanwhile, he called on the newly inducted President of FLY to strive for self-control, and learn not to imitate negative tendencies.