The Vicar or deputy to the Bishop of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Paynesville, Rev. Fr. Peter M. Inuwa has warned here that “we are doom” if people are not mindful of how to address leaders, expressing observation that so many times people make leaders to react to them negatively.
“And today I want to let you know that as God anointed Saul, Solomon, he anointed the same winners. You may find time to think that it is your vote that makes that same person, but it’s God. God trust them, God made them first among all,” Rev. Inuwa said during the State Memorial Service held for the former Chairperson of the Council of State Madam Ruth Sando Perry.
President Sirleaf and some of her cabinet members, the diplomatic corp and former members of the council including Mr. George Boley and other high profile officials graced the event on Saturday, 25 February at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church near Redlight in Paynesville.
Rev. Inuwa frowned against pretense and hatred among Christians here, saying if one goes in the streets and hears what the little children are saying about leaders, “so so lies”.
He reminded Liberians that whatever that was done outside of their calling was not the will of God, urging that they should make sure they act in a manner that will invoke God’s blessings upon them.
In his sermon, Rev. Inuwa praised the late Madam Perry as someone considered a problem solver, and said the gathering was not intended to mourn but to celebrate.
He recalled how the late Madam Perry told him that she was always pathetic to people who were in problems, but at the same disclosing to him that the same people were always spoiling her name. He described her as a woman of a mind and heart that was affectionate to every human being, noting that she never ate or drank alone.
President Sirleaf did not speak during the event, but a lot of tributes were paid during Madam Perry’s memorial service. The former Council of State said Madam Perry took upon a daunting task and succeeded in uniting Liberians and assuring them that the war was over and there was one government.
The late Madam Perry’s family presented to the Government of Liberia a “cap – of – peace” that she wore from Nigeria to Liberia after her appointment as chairperson of the Council of State, and asked that it be placed in the National museum.
The family thanked government for its contributions, saying government took full financial responsibility of the burial of Madam Perry in the United States as well as the memorial service that was held here in Paynesville on Saturday, 25 February.
By Winston W. Parley