By Alva M. Wolokolie
If all goes well, Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, George M. Weah, has decided to launch the Liberian reconciliation process by inviting several of his 1995 European Best Player Award “The Ballon D” as a symbol of inspiring reconciliation and national healing amongst all Liberians.
In a communication to the President Pro-Temp and members of the Liberian Senate yesterday, as Peace Ambassador, Mr. Weah told the Senators that he needs their support or participation in this national endeavor which is slated for June 20-22, 2013.
The office of the Peace Ambassador did not name the number of international stars and legends of peace that are expected here but indicated that the process will include; sports festival, one- day musical concert, another one day consultative reconciliation dialogue with civil society leaders and other national stakeholder.
Considering the enormous role played by the National Legislature in maintaining peace in the country, Ambassador Weah said it was prudent that he invite them (the lawmakers) to launch such an auspicious occasion.
“Mr. President Pro-Tempore and members of the Senate, you will agree with me that national reconciliation in Liberia cannot be a one man effort but a united determination of every Liberian, with support from institutions and partners of Liberia who have interest in its stability,” Ambassador Weah said in his letter to the Senate.
Mr. Weah is a former soccer legend who started with a humble beginning from local club teams in Liberia to the national team (Lone Star) and then to international teams both in Africa and Europe. His ability to play football well promoted him to the rank of “Best Player of the World in 1995”.
Weah did not only become best player of the world but best player in Africa and Europe in that same year. Since then, no one in the history of football has ever won any title of that kind. He was born October 1, 1966. He played 60 games for Liberia within 20 years and scored 22 goals.
He has formally resigned from professional football and decided to become a politician. His ambition is to become President of Liberia. He is the current political leader of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). Weah’s party has been defeated twice in the quest to win the Presidency. The first was in 2005 and the other was in 2011.
Mr. Weah was named Peace Ambassador last year by President Sirleaf, a position he accepted at the close of the Vision 2030 conference held in Gbarnga in January 2013. He was first named ‘Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF, a role he played to unite both Christians and Muslims around the world.’