Liberia President George Manneh Weah has been motivating partisans of his Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) to continue to work hard and remain hopeful for a better Liberia, assuring the nation that “the best is yet to come” under his leadership.
“To all partisans who made the sacrifice in our struggle, this is now the country that you wanted, where all Liberians can participate equally, despite our political, religious, or ethnic differences, and where there are no political prisoners or prisoners of thought or conscience,” the President asserted in an address to partisans of the Congress for Democratic Change on Saturday, June 18, 2022, on their 17th founding anniversary.
The Congress for Democratic Change was organized in 2005 and became the lead constituent party forming the Coalition for Democratic Change which won the 2017 presidential elections.
“I want to assure you that the best is yet to come,” he declared.
The CDC Standard Bearer acknowledged that the revolutionary journey of the party was not easy, adding: “The power struggle is never easy. But from our humble beginnings in 2005, see how far we have come. We have come a very long way, Fellow Partisans. We have fought many battles, some of them unforeseen and unexpected. But we fought peacefully through the ballot, and never through violence or bullets. We have always been a Party of Peace.”
“People tested our resolve when twice they took from us what belonged to us. But we never resorted to violence, and accepted our fate peacefully and calmly, because of our love for the country.
He further told tens of thousands of partisans who had gathered at the party’s headquarters: “What people did not realize is that we began our quest for leadership because of love for the country. We could not touch Liberia’s peace, Liberia’s dignity, and Liberia’s honor, because we were hoping for this day to come so that we would have the opportunity to lead this country to prosperity, and to bring hope for change.”
The Liberian Leader used the occasion to chide Liberians, mainly those who are seeking political power, calling on the international community and partners to impose sanctions on Liberia but at the same time aspiring to become leaders.
President Weah questioned their commitment and sincerity to the country, indicating that such people do not have the interests of the country at heart.
As an opposition leader for twelve unbroken years, the President said he, at no time, called for sanctions on Liberia despite the misdeeds of public officials at that time.
“I did not ask for any Liberian, or the country itself, to be sanctioned. Instead, what did I do? I worked with the incumbent Government to promote peace and unity in our country.”
The President urged all persons aspiring to leadership in the country to refrain from such unpatriotic actions and put Liberia first. The CDC Standard-bearer also used the occasion of the 17th Anniversary of the CDC to reassure Liberians of his preparedness and determination to push national development beyond imagination.
According to him, the best development, the best education opportunities, the best stable economy, a good healthcare system, and the best of making Liberia an oasis of peace and reconciliation are yet to be seen.
Though his Government has made enormous strides in five years, President Weah believes there remains a huge window of opportunity to make the country what it ought to be in terms of socio-economic development. Specifically addressing the leadership of the Liberia Marketing Association who presented a statement of appreciation to him, he promised to do everything within his power to make marketers and all Liberians comfortable, safe, efficient, and sufficient in the tasks of providing for themselves.
“Market men and market women; I want to assure you that the best is yet to come.”
The CDC Political Leader also paid homage to CDCians for conducting themselves in a mature, peaceful, and orderly manner that has become characteristic of the Party. It is these characteristics that have brought us from twelve years of disciplined struggle in the wilderness of opposition to a clean victory that has now seen us through five years of leadership through our membership of the Grand Coalition that rules Liberia,” the Liberian Leader addresses his partisans.
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