Liberians Must Profit from Errors of the Past

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The National Orator of the 168th Independence anniversary celebration, Ambassador Charles Alexander Minor, has said that Liberians should profit from the nation’s dreadful past, which has seen the country underdeveloped and its people impoverished, and must begin to build a better Liberia that would benefit Liberians and future generations.
Liberia’s history has been marred with so many negative vices such as segregation, deprivation, corruption, bad governance, lack of patriotism, lack of love for each other, among other things, which have made national development, prosperity and a united nation with a unified front and agenda elusive, he said.
Ambassador Minor therefore indicated that Liberians need to realize how backward the country has been thrown as a result of the exhibition of these negative experiences and must begin to exhibit and prioritize national unity, tolerance, love for country and commitment to the Liberian agenda.
He said these past bitter experiences from the country’s history should inspire Liberians to unite and begin to build a better and brighter future.
Speaking at the official celebration of this year Independence celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County, Ambassador Minor, a native of the county, indicated that Liberia has been through a lot of testing times and these experiences should serve as the source of strength for the Liberian state.
“Liberians have had some very difficult years, years in which we overthrew governments, years of war and civil disobedience, years from the experience of two governments in one country; years of deprivation and starvation, years when Liberians were dislocated from their homes and had to flee their homeland with whatever possession they had.
“Our education and health systems remain major challenges while pipe-borne water and electricity remain in total deficit,” he said.
Too many Liberians, the National Orator noted, seem to be still below the economic glass ceiling while just a few enjoy the wealth of the nation and foreigners are becoming landlords of the nation’s most valuable property, land.
“We need to profit from the errors of the past and begin to build a better future for us, our children and unborn generations,” he noted.
He said all is not just negative about the Liberian state, but rather there are also some positives that should be given some recognition by critics.
“Just as we have weaknesses and challenges, just as we can enumerate our numerous social, political and economic problems so we also have strength and opportunities,” he pointed out.
Ambassador Minor stated that the scorecard is incomplete “when we only accentuate the negative and the minuses, we need also to check out the positives, the plus side of the scorecard. On that plus side, we want to thank the Almighty God as a nation who has always stood by us, and carry us through for 168 years when several attempts were made in the past to remove the nation Liberia from the world map. Even through the recent EVD outbreak, God has helped us to survive.”
He said though about 40 to 60 percent of Liberians might not have experienced these years, they have been psychologically, economically and socially influence or affected by those years.
“As we celebrate our independence, many Liberians are still surviving on the margin of society; many families are finding it difficult to meet their daily households’ needs,” he said.
The former Liberian ambassador to the United States also frowned on what he termed as the entrenched culture of “chopping.” Chopping is an act of seeking financial benefit, most times clandestinely and illegally, from people who are seeking services from those service providers.
He indicated that Liberians from every strata of society are somehow involved in this act that is now corrupting the Liberian society.
“We are here to celebrate another year of our statehood, the 168th Independence Anniversary of the existence of our nation. It is a celebration far different from that of previous years, as we look back to the last year to the true test of our faith and resilience to the challenges face by an unknown enemy that our nation has never seen before.
“Despite those trying times and the difficult days, our country and its development objectives have not altered and the fundamental principles of this nation dedicated to democracy, the rule of law, human freedom and individual dignity, were strengthened by our resolved to defeat Ebola,” Ambassador Minor stated.

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