Prez. Sirleaf Aches For Unity, Service To Nation

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Liberians to exhibit a greater sense of unity and service to nation as the country celebrates her 168th years of nationhood.
She noted that the unprecedented representation of Liberians from all levels and persuasions of society at the independence celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County, was a demonstration of unity.
She added that unity is even greater than Ebola virus, “because it touches one’s inner spirit to serve his or her nation.”
President Sirleaf made the call in a special statement she delivered at programs marking the official celebration of Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary in Greenville, Sinoe County on Monday.
“As Liberians have come together in unity to celebrate their community as a strong foundation for accelerated development, each one should touch one, say a good thing to someone and reach out to someone holding a placard and offer him or her a scholarship rather than mudslinging the Nation,” she urged.
She also pointed out that the convergence of Liberians in Greenville in their numbers demonstrates patriotism in recognition of the achievements and quantifiable progress made by the government, especially in the fight against Ebola due to the unity and service to nation exhibited by everyone.
“Let today’s celebration remain in our hearts as we resolve to love our country, protect our heritage and pledge a true idea of service to our nation,” President Sirleaf stressed.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has assured Liberians that in spite of the trying times and difficulties faced by the country due to the Ebola outbreak, the government’s development objectives remain on course.
The Liberian Chief Executive noted that Liberia’s fundamental principles of democracy, the rule of law, human freedom and individual dignity were strengthened by the resolve of all Liberians to defeat the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from the country.
She observed that this year’s celebration is quite different from those of previous years, especially looking back at last year when the country was challenged by an unknown enemy, something, she noted, that spoke to the true test of the Liberian people’s faith and resilience.
President Sirleaf lauded diplomatic missions, the international community and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as well as bilateral and multilateral partners for their extraordinary show of solidarity during the Ebola scourge in Liberia.
She also thanked members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) for mobilizing in an unprecedented way, private sector support and recruiting about 339 medical practitioners from 16 African countries to help Liberians eradicate Ebola from their country.
“We are always mindful that global conditions such as floods, earthquakes, death and terrorism, among others, affect people in all parts of the world, but their ability to surmount these challenges demonstrates their inner strength to survive, to regain lost grounds and to continue to build their nation towards the common goals of peace and prosperity; this was shown by Liberians,” she emphasized.

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