Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has warned Liberian youth to be mindful and critical of the decisions they will make in this year’s elections—predicting that the direction of their future will be determined by the decision they make at the polls in October.
Speaking to a group of young people under the banner “18-23 for Boakai,” the VP told them, “Be mindful of whose hands you will entrust your future because you are the future leaders of this country and you deserve the best.”
The group, “18-23 for Boakai,” stormed the grounds of the Unity Party headquarters in Congo Town over the weekend in support of the Vice President’s presidential bid. The group made a presentation to the VP calling on him to help protect the interest of the country’s youth.
The VP, in return, said “My quest to lead this country is for your sake and you have to ensure, by doing your part at the polls, that we will build and execute this vision together. It is for your sake.”
He termed the presentation ceremony as a historical move made by the youth group and promised to transform the country for all Liberians if elected.
“No country goes on the right road without the approval and support of the youth in that particular country,” he added.
The group’s Public Relations Officer, Michael Yenego, said the mission of the group, as plainly articulated in its proposal, is to ensure a brighter Liberia by unifying the young people with positive messages to enhance democracy.
“It also is to have quality leaders at the top of the table to keep Liberia on par with the global community. Our goal seeks to galvanize all first-time voters to support the presidential bid of Vice President Boakai to enhance socio-economic development across the length and breadth of the country,” Yenego said.
He noted that the group’s decision to support Veep Boakai is based on the confidence they have in him to create a brighter future for Liberians.
Reading the proposal of support on behalf of the group, Mr. Yenego noted that many young people have blamed their failures to vote on lack of information, and not lack of interest.
Against this background, he said they have organized the “18-23 for Boakai” targeting first-time voters nationwide, for Boakai’s presidency.
“The campaign will touch every county,” Yenego stated.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has indicated that there are over 700,000 youth in Montserrado County in the recent 2017 registration exercise. “With our go-registration campaign among our peers during the VR process, we believe that the first time voters will have the highest percentage of registrants just as they did in 2011 thus coming up with a substantial number in the October voting population to be announced by NEC,” he said.
“Right after this proposal’s submission, nationwide recruitment of our peers will vigorously continue and later go into campaign in August,” Yenego said.
The group used the occasion to call on all first time voters to join the drive to make VP Boakai the next president of the country.
The National Chairman of the ruling Unity Party, Wilmot Paye, said, “When people believe in a vision and custom, they take ownership, so it is with the first time voters. Since you have a decisive mind we will grant you the support. Boakai’s movement is Liberia’s movement.”
Meanwhile, VP Boakai has promised the group a payment of one year office space in Monrovia and fifteen motorcycles as initial support to the group for its operations around the country.