WASHINGTON, DC – The Ebola outbreak that began last year in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, three of the four countries of the Mano River Union, is the most severe on record since the disease was first diagnosed in Central Africa in 1976. The impact of the epidemic has been devastating, calling into question our three countries’ significant socioeconomic progress in the aftermath of decades of conflict and instability.
”Never before in the history of Liberia has there been a constitutional making or review process so inclusive and so participatory with divergent inputs as the process designed by the Constitution Review Committee.” Since its establishment and work, the above has been a significant and heart piecing comment from citizens of Liberia geographically.
In 2013, Liberians celebrated a decade of “Hard –won Peace” as described by the President of Liberia. On this occasion, precisely 19th August 2013, the President in her special message emphatically reminded Liberians to promote a multiplicity of peace dividends critical for building our nation.
In recent days, we’ve seen the reemergence of a “Christian State Campaign” by some group of people calling for the imposition of Christianity as the state religion of the Republic of Liberia against several provisions of our organic law of 1986 and its preamble. Those unpatriotic and un-nationalistic group of people are attempting to justify their anti-peace and divisive demand through the misconception of CHAPTER XII articles 91 and 92 subtitled, “AMENDMENTS, which read Article 91:
Keynote Statement by Her Excellency, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Marking the Opening of the National Constitution Conference of Liberia
I contracted Ebola from my mother-in-law, who was infected with the virus at a funeral ceremony she attended in Monrovia in July. The victim had died of Ebola but that information wasn’t disclosed by the victim’s relatives to the well-wishers, who had gathered to pay their last respects.
As a leader, know that it is always important to reward those who help you succeed. Understand that people are motivated by two forces: pain or pleasure, fear or reward, loss or gain. Learn to use reward and incentive to motivate people. You are created with a desire to increase. Decrease is unnatural. Remember, every person you meet today has an appetite for increase. They want to be benefited. There is nothing wrong with that. There is a God-given command on the inside of each person to become more, to multiply.
From 2007-2009, Liberia was severely hit by flash flood that doubtlessly affected and displaced huge or sizable number of people especially in Montserrado and other places. According to the National Disaster Relief Commission (NDRC) and Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), in 2007 22,000 persons were displaced by flood in fantitown in Buchanan, New Kru town in Robersport, Grand Cape Mount County. In 2008, the Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) online source reported that Monrovia experienced the worst flood that displaced about 1,000 persons mainly in King Gray community in Paynesville and Fish Market in Sinkor.
The Saturday, January 3, 2015 hurry, hurry “certifications” of newly-elected senators by the National Elections Commission (NEC), while there are allegations of electoral fraud before the Supreme Court of the nation; that the elections were, in fact, not “free and fair”; and that Justice Philip Banks of the Supreme Court is right, on target, with a “stay order” Writ of Injunction are the critical case in point.
The deadly Ebola outbreak has been a major challenge for all Liberians. The virus killed thousands of Liberians when it first hit our nation, creating fear and panic among citizens. Liberia became the major headline news stories of international news outlets- probably for the wrong reasons-Ebola. The cases of two of our citizens- Patrick Sawyer and Eric Duncan, as far as exporting Ebola to Nigeria and the United States of America further created the negative perception in those countries about Liberians so much so that our compatriots visiting the United States today are quarantined for 21-days.