President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
U.S-Based Dual Citizenship Advocates Call On Pres. Sirleaf
MONROVIA, September 30 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Liberians in the United States to return with their varied skills to contribute to the development of their country.
According to a dispatch, the Liberian leader made the remarks when a delegation of Liberians advocating for dual citizenship based in Staten Island paid her a courtesy call.
President Sirleaf challenged the delegation to establish the appropriate channels, contacts and links on the ground to crusade their agenda for dual citizenship by holding workshops, town hall meetings, media engagements that will involve radio and television slots and increase the level of social media engagement.
She admonished Liberians to be good citizens and ambassadors of their country and cautioned them to desist from those tendencies that seek to tear the country apart.
The Liberian chief executive said Liberians should remember that while everyone might not have the same political beliefs, “there is one thing that binds us together and it is our common patrimony.”
Speaking earlier, the advocates for dual citizenship praised President Sirleaf for her wisdom in presenting to the National Legislature a draft legislation that seeks to amend the constitution in order to grant dual citizenship to Liberians residing in the Diaspora.
In separate comments, on behalf of the advocates – the group’s chair, Mr. Tokpa Porte and Secretary General, Comfort Itoka said dual citizenship offers numerous benefits for countries that subscribe to it.
They called on fellow Liberians not to see their brethren as foreigners, and urged Liberians to embrace the idea of dual citizenship to promote the development of their country.
The two also called on Liberians at home to emulate the examples of Nigerians, Ghanaians, Kenyans and a host of other African countries that continue to enjoy the benefits of dual citizenship.
“We might have been separated by the conflict – we are endeavoring to empower ourselves to be of benefit to our country and people,” they entreated their compatriots.