Nigeria’s new ambassador to Liberia, Mr James Dimka, has sued for peace as his host country heads to the polls for Tuesday’s presidential and House of Representatives elections.
Dimka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, that sustaining the prevailing peace in the country was critical to its full socio-economic and political recovery.
“My expectations are clear. We are praying there should be peace, before, during and after the elections in Liberia. No nation develops where there is rancor.
“Peace is cardinal, justice must prevail, transparency should be there. Once there is transparency; there is justice, people will be satisfied with the results of the elections. And that is what I expect should happen tomorrow.
“Those who win should remember that people voted them; those who lose should know that it is only one person that can win at a time.
“Once you know that people are involved; once you know that if you win you are going to govern people, then you pray that there should be peace.’’
The envoy, who assumed duty on Monday, also stressed the need for Nigerians resident in the country to go about their normal duties and remain law abiding.
Many Liberians are praying for a peaceful election and hoping for a new government that will overturn the economy and maintain peace in the country.
Some of them, who spoke to NAN in Monrovia on Monday, echoed the message of peace to all the 20 presidential candidates, their parties and their supporters.
Speaking to NAN at a peace concert, Queen Juli Endee, a music artist, urged her fellow Liberians to give shun violence during the elections.
“I am here to promote peace; that is what I do to continue to sustain the peace and we must maintain the peace.
“It is important for us Liberians to respect the mandate of the international community because peace in Liberia is peace in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
“The West African countries have done very well for us. Now, it is our responsibility to maintain the peace that we have had over the years.
“We want a culture of peace, and denounce all forms of violence during and after elections.”
NAN reports that Liberia has been through turbulent times in recent years occasioned by two brutal civil wars that left the country in ruins.