Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted January 19, 2006


LIBERIANS HERE AND those in the Diaspora joyfully celebrated the ushering in of the first female President into office yesterday marking the new dawn of our democracy in the country.

THE COMING IN of Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led administration has brought renewed hope to many Liberians who have experienced nothing but bitterness for over 14 years in their quest for genuine democracy. The government is equally being viewed as a new order of political dispensation where political witch-hunting and imperial presidency will no longer be the order of the day.

THE COUNTRY WHICH was considered to be bacon of hope and total redemption on the continent of Africa lost its essence when it found itself at war resulting to untold suffering, dehumanizing life of its people as internally displaced; while others went as refugees to other countries.

BUT WITH THE historic event of January 16, 2006, welcomed by the international community, we believe that Liberia is on its way to join the comity of nations in restoring her lost dignity through the initiatives of the new President as she will be reaching out to all stakeholders in the spirit of oneness to rebuild the devastated country.

AS THE NEW President declared in her inaugural speech that “corruption under her administration will be her major enemy,” we urge the Ellen-led government to stand its ground firmly because the avalanche of corruption in the past had been the main disease which helped and continues to destroy our nation’s fabrics where few preside over the country’s resources as lords and gospels to themselves.

LET THIS BE the beginning of a new era of which government can be a representative of its subject by meeting their needs and aspirations through the provision of basic social services such as light, water and better road network.

LET THIS BE the beginning of a new era to progress and fundamental liberty where all the citizens will enjoy their constitutional rights irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliation; because democratic tenets solidly rely on these factors.

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