Weah hails Liberians, foreign partners for support
President George Manneh Weah has extended thanks and appreciation to Liberians, friendly countries and international partners for the level of support they have given him for the successful launch of the Bicentennial celebration on Monday, 14 February 202 to commemorate Liberia’s 200 years of existence as a nation.
A statement released by the Executive Mansion on Tuesday, 15 February says President Weah commended the collective determination to celebrate two centuries of shared history, “despite our diversity,” saying it shows a strength of purpose as a nation.
“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all Liberians for the successful launch of the Bicentennial celebration on Monday, February 14 to commemorate 200 years of our existence as a nation,” President Weah said.
He called on Liberians to now use the enthusiasm of the occasion as a launchpad to reset the country’s development drive.
He also thanked his counterparts, including President Julius Madaa Bio of Sierra Leone; President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo; President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger; President Adama Barrow of The Gambia; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of Nigeria, and all those representing their governments and institutions for coming to celebrate with Liberia.
“We remain thankful for the strong partnership and enduring support we continue to receive from our friends and neighbors,” he stated.
“My appreciation also goes to His Excellency Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States for sending a high-level American delegation to participate in the ceremonies, in which the U.S. has as much stake as Liberia,” President Weah continued.
He further thanked the government and people of the United States for the 55 million United States dollars grant support to Liberia’s health sector.
According to him, it is his hope that “this Bicentennial will rekindle and solidify our bond of friendship, as we build on our shared values of good governance and democracy.”
Additionally, he commended Liberia’s First Lady Madam Clar Marie Weah, who has been his pillar of support, and whose wise counsel he values immensely.
“Thanks [also] to Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, a staunch political ally and partner in the quest to rebuild Liberia,” said President Weah.
He noted that the Legislature played a very pivotal role in the lead up to Monday’s ceremony, supporting the national agenda as they passed related bills for the smooth organization of the event and for their support for the first phase of the renovation and restoration of the Executive Mansion.
President Weah said it would be remiss of him not to appreciate them, as much as he appreciates the National Steering Committee for the wonderful planning and execution of the launch.
“I am hoping we can use the significance of the day as a turning point in our development drive,” he said.
He called on the opposition leaders to join him in this effort, saying in spite of the different political persuasions, they can work together in the national interest.
“I am thankful they heeded our invitation and attended yesterday’s ceremony. This demonstrates that Liberians can work together in spite of our individual leanings.”
At the lauch of the National Bicentennial on Monday, President Weah called on citizens home and abroad to fight against discrimination, intolerance, impatience, hatred and malice, noting that these are the negative vices that distract Liberians’ higher purpose of oneness.
He said because there is so much more that unites Liberians than that which may tend to divide them, they must celebrate the complexity of their rich diversity, live in peace, unity and harmony as their brother’s and sister’s keepers.
“Because there is so much more that unites us than that which may tend to divide us, let us celebrate the complexity of our rich diversity and live in peace, unity and harmony as our brother’s and sister’s keeper,” he said.
Current and past Liberian officials including former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf, foreign guests including U.S. delegations, members of the Consular and Diplomatic Corps to Liberia, among others, attended the program held at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, Montserrado County.
The year-long Bicentennial was kicked off on 7 January this year at the Historic Providence Island that lies between Monrovia and Bushrod where the first batch of freed black slaves from the United States landed in 1822 following a rough journey.
President Weah used the Bicentennial official launch to rally all Liberians to do all they can to keep the country safe for themselves and for foreign residents and visitors, no matter what differences exist among the citizenry.
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all Liberians for the successful launch of the Bicentennial celebration on Monday, February 14 to commemorate 200 years of our existence as a nation.