After 169 years of experiencing the good, the bad, and ugly, I would like to firstly wish all Liberians both home and abroad, a Happy Independence Day and pray that God continues to bless our great land of liberty. As we celebrate this milestone, I cannot stress enough the resilience that we as Liberians have shown after all of the tumultuous experiences we have had as a people, and yet, we are still moving stronger than ever before.
Our nation remain alive today because of the resolve that you all have exhibited and continue to fight through; despite the challenges we are faced with as a country, including the rampant corruption, mismanagement, nepotism, cronyism, and lack of care under this Sirleaf-Boakai led government.
With these countless difficulties our citizens are encountering, I would like to admonish every Liberian across the globe to take a sober reflection and look back at the 169 years of existence we have had as an independent nation and ask ourselves these rhetorical questions: Is our nation on par with other
African nations that obtained their independence after us? If not, what is the problem, and how can we collectively address the problem as one people? What are those forces that have been in the way of making progress and how can we reckon with them? Are we heading in the right direction as an independent nation since our 169 years of existence? What can we do as a people to make Liberia a better place for all?
With the above rhetorical questions, and as we reflect on the way forward, I would like to in this public manner pledge my re-commitment as Senator of Montserrado County to continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to bring about the changes we need to thrive as a people. I would like to assure you all of my commitment to continue the fight for the less fortunate; to continue the fight for social justice for all; and most of all, I will continue to promote peace and unity amongst our people.
I’m also calling on all Liberians to adopt a new mindset of positivity as we embark on a new journey. If we must progress as a people, we must be willing to embrace change and have a new mindset and attitude comprising of positivity towards our fellow Liberians and nation as a whole.
True liberation comes in October, 2017 when the voices of the people will speak in the first truly, free, fair, and transparent election in Liberia. I am therefore calling all Liberians including CDC partisans to believe in the cause and stay the course because HOPE is still alive.
With my commitment, I also add my voice in calling on the entire opposition bloc to come together and collaborate, not only to democratically remove this corrupt government but to emphatically reject the notion of an Ellen-Boakai third term.
I would like to once again, as we have always done, extend an olive branch to all of our brothers and sisters within the political vanguard of the opposition bloc to join the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change in forming a formidable coalition to defeat the political establishment that is part of the problem we are faced with today as a country.
I’m using this occasion in my capacity as senator of the largest county and political leader of the mighty Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) to call on my fellow opposition to put our differences aside and unite for the common good of our people.
As I prepare to celebrate the festivities of the independence, my thought is with our future leaders–our children. I’m concerned for their well-being. As we have witnessed in past times during these national celebrations, our children get killed from accidents due to the high consumption of alcohol.
I’m therefore calling on all businesses that are engaged in the sales of alcohol to please refrain from selling alcohol to our minors, and also appeal to our adults to please drink responsibly and not drink and drive. It is my prayer that we will celebrate this independence in peace and harmony; and that there would be no casualty and news of death.
I thank you all for your support over the years, and pray that we will continue to work collectively to make Liberia a better place for all.
I conclude this special message by thanking you all for continuously exhibiting HARD WORK, PATRIOTISM AND ETHICAL practices, no matter the deplorable conditions currently facing our motherland.
Once again, happy independence and May God richly bless you all.
From the desk of the Senator, George Manneh Weah.
Public Relations Officer