Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs David K. Dahn
Dahn Urges Youth To Be Wary Of “Nation-Builders, Wreckers”
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, August 15 (LINA) – A Defense Ministry official has urged Liberian youths to use the knowledge acquired through education to distinguish between “nation-builders and nation-wreckers” come 2017 elections.
Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs David K. Dahn indicated that the young people can do so by using their votes during the 2017 presidential and general elections “to separate doers from dreamers.”
Dahn was speaking when he delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremony of the Mother Esther Nyemah High School in Gardnerville outside Monrovia Sunday.
He observed that the youths constitute majority of the Liberian population and, as such, they are being targeted by politicians, many of whom, he said, have turned into overnight philanthropists and are now distributing goodies to win their votes.
He noted that the young people should take advantage of the upcoming 2017 polls by taking keen interest in those who have track records of improving the country rather than the ones seeking to plunder its resources.
According to Dahn, the youth of Liberia are to serve as nation-builders, adding that the transformation of Liberia's democracy rests within their judgements.
The Defense Ministry official challenged the students to continue to pursue their education sojourn by being dedicated in the process so that they can be assets, not liabilities to the country by turning the knowledge achieved into practical actions.
Meanwhile,he has lauded the parents and school’s administration for the success of the students which, he said, could not have come without their sustained diligence and hard work.