Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie, has urged both Nigerians and Liberians to participate in bringing the needed change to their respective societies.
Ambassador Nnadozie made the call in Monrovia during the occasion marking the 55th Independence Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on October 1.
She emphasized that “Change does not just happen. You and I must have our part to play if we must bring about change. We must change our lawless habit and attitude toward public office, rude behavior in schools, hospitals, marketplaces, motorbike traffic and offices.”
She emphasized that if change should come, “We must change ourselves and be law-abiding citizens.”
On behalf of the Liberian government Vice President Joseph Boakai acknowledged Nigeria’s role in Liberia’s peace building efforts and in last year’s Ebola crisis.
He acknowledged that despite the challenge of terrorism in that country and coupled with other domestic issues, Nigeria continues to demonstrate African solidarity, reaching out to Liberia and other African countries.
He added that Nigeria faced a minimal level of the Ebola disease, but regardless of the situation Africa’s most populous country came to Liberia’s aid from start to the end.
The independence anniversary of Nigeria was preceded by many other activities in Liberia, including a street parade, visits to orphanages and prisons, and intercessory prayers for the country as it goes through economic reforms and terrorist threats from Boko Haram.