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Prez Sirleaf calls for reconciliation among Liberians

Joseph T. Koon
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Jan.1, 2015)-Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is urging her compatriots to forget their bitter past and strive toward national reconciliation in the New Year.

President Johnson-Sirleaf described the New Year as a hopeful moment, characterized by courage and determination for a better future.

She said:”Liberians must put their old habits, grievances and attitudes behind them and work toward reconciliation for the betterment of the country.”

The President underscored the importance of a united front for Liberians as the best approach toward achieving a common national agenda for Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery.  

“Though 2014 was a difficult year, Government’s progress in the fight against Ebola was derived from the great sacrifices made by Liberians and their international partners,” the Liberian Leader noted.

She praised the local Christian and Muslim communities, civil society organizations, particularly health workers and bilateral partners, for their sacrificial efforts in the Ebola fight.

“As we move from treatment to Ebola prevention, Liberians must adopt intense preventive strategies, if we must have a zero case, because Ebola still exists in the country,” President Johnson-Sirleaf also noted.

The Liberian Leader named the provision of basic training, better incentives for health workers, road construction, economic revitalization, and infrastructure development as Government’s post-Ebola plan.

She emphasized: ”The result of the just-ended Senatorial election is the first concrete step towards Liberia’s democratic maturity.”

The President congratulated all Senators-elect for their preferment and called on the losers to cultivate a renewed sense of constructive approach to serve the various communities across the country.

President Johnson-Sirleaf made these assertions Thursday, January 1, 2015 when she delivered her New Year’s Message at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

During and after Ebola, the entire country has been plunged into a serious “stigmatization problem” for survivors’ integration into the larger society.

Whether the issue of stigmatization is addressed by Government now or later, what is certain as a reality is that such social problem breeds discrimination, hatred and isolation in society.

 


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