LIBERIA: I AM INHERITING ALLEGED ILLS
President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has sounded an early warning to Liberians to have a realistic expectation because he is inheriting alleged ills.
President Boakai, who named some of the ills as alleged corruption, lack of transparency and accountability as well as bad governance and the rule of Law, also called on his people to be more realistic on what they will expect of him over the period.
Speaking further, he pointed out that it is time to discourage the culture of unfinished businesses whilst admonishing Liberians to unite and join him in the rebuilding process of Liberia.
However, his statement has so far been characterized by mixed feelings and reactions in the political corridors of the country.
According to some Liberians, who spoke to our reporter, explained that it is because of the high expectations to rescue Liberia prompted their decision to removed former President George Manneh Weah and elect President Boakai, as such, his comment is untimely.
Another Liberian stated that even though President Boakai said that he has come to rescue and transform Liberia but his statement of having a more realistic expectation especially from the people is confusing.
“Boakai is right because there are lots to be done and he will be under pressure so his early statement of warning us Liberians is in the right direction,” said another Liberia.
” We love and believe in Ambassador Boakai and he is our new President so we need to join together, support him in order to move our country forward,’’ another Liberian, who is based in the USA and came to grace the occasion, added.
Amongst other things, some members of the intellectual class including prominent Liberians, who we spoke with our reporter to include, the President of the University of Liberia Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson wants President Boakai to focus on Education while Dr. Kimmie Weeks recommends youth empowerment and job creation to be prioritized by President Boakai respectively.
At the same time, some cross session of guests encouraged President Boakai to focus on good governance, the rule of law and national security.
As for former Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Gender , Children and Social Protection, Meima Sirleaf Kanneh, she summed up everything by urging President Boakai to prioritize the priority issues for the supreme interest of the people.
As the debate will continue on the speech of President Boakai especially on critical national issues, it is anticipated that Liberians will see their Country as the bigger picture and common denominator.