President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Assures Security Sector Fit To Protect Nation
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA
MONROVIA, January 25 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured Liberians that the security forces are capable of maintaining the nation’s peace following the departure of the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The Liberian leader also observed that the security of the nation should not be seen as the sole responsibility of government alone, but should rather be seen as a collective responsibility of all citizens.
“We are confident the security forces are capable and able to meet the challenge when UNMIL completes its drawdown,” President Sirleaf noted when she delivered her Annual Message to the 5th Joint Session of the 53rdLegislature in Monrovia on Monday.
Article 58 of the Liberian Constitution mandates the President to present the administration’s Legislative program for the ensuing session and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the republic.
President Sirleaf stressed that the government will continue to strengthen the security sector through the provision of more training, capacity building as well as fostering partnership to enhance the sector.
She indicated that since her ascendancy in 2006, the government and people of Liberia over the years maintained the nation’s peace and held series of successful elections, noting that UNMIL drawdown testified to the fact of how far the nation has come in maintaining its peace and security.
She alluded to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as a force that that has not only been restructured, but as an army that is also contributing its quota to the infrastructural development of the nation.
President Sirleaf frowned on perpetrators of injustice and mob violence, vowing that government will continue to institute stringent measures to counteract and prosecute such perpetrators.