President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Liberians Challenged To Unite, Utilize Opportunity
MONROVIA, March 16 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has indicated that Liberia’s progress in the Ebola fight has presented it with a window of opportunity that can be used to come together as a people and work together to achieve national goals.
She also called on Liberians to put aside all the bickering and move the country forward while this window is opened.
President Sirleaf warned that this window will not remain open forever as there was likelihood that some other global threat or circumstance might arise that could divert the attention of the international community.
She is therefore calling on Liberians to unite, take advantage of the opportunities to move the country forward.
“I appeal to all Liberians to do your part, whatever that part is, to ensure that we move the country forward so that the goals we have set we can achieve through a united, collective effort of everybody,” the Liberian leader urged.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement at the Effort Baptist Church in Paynesville during a Special Thanksgiving and Welcoming Service held for her safe arrival back home from travels to the U.S. and Europe.
She emphasized that each individual has to take responsibility for the progress of Liberia.
President Sirleaf reiterated that others, including the international community, are there to support such efforts, but reminded Liberians that “the partners will not do what we are not willing to do for our country.”
“The primary responsibility will rest on us,” she stressed.
The Liberian leader admonished the citizenry to put aside their differences, take responsibility and work harder than ever before with commitment and dedication for the development of the country, including achieving the Agenda for Transformation.
She indicated that her mission abroad was that of a messenger on behalf of the Liberian people to go and say thank you to all those who came and join the country in its fight against the Ebola disease.
President Sirleaf said she was also an advocate to inform her US counterpart, and other officials in the U.S. and the international community that even though they have brought Liberia this far, the fight against Ebola is not over yet.
“We still needed that partnership to go the next mile to ensure we fix those things that need to be fixed, including more support to rebuild our broken health system and to work towards those targets set in the Agenda for Transformation,” she said.