Former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has pledged to continue to support the CDC-led government and President George Manneh Weah in putting the country first and forging national development through various initiatives.
Making the commitment when he paid a courtesy visit on the Liberian leader at his residence on Friday, Ambassador Boakai extended gratitude to President Weah for unifying the people of Liberia which, according to him, is key to fostering Liberia’s peace and security as enshrined in Pillar Three of the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
He praised President Weah for promoting the interest of the country through peaceful co-existence, noting that this is an attribute of an exemplary leader.
For his part, Dr. Weah commended the former Vice President for the visit, and committed to working in the interest of the country by putting the people first in everything the government will undertake to do.
The Chief Executive indicated that unification is pivotal to Liberia’s peace and reconciliation drive, and called on others to join him in developing Liberia under the framework of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
President Weah said Liberia cannot achieve its overall national development goals without genuine reconciliation and lasting peace.
“We cannot achieve our development goals if we cannot reconcile our people; if the government is to build and develop this country, and create jobs; if our parents are to afford to send their children to school, peace is the ultimate way forward,” President Weah emphasized.
It can be recalled that the Liberian leader in his recent speech at the official launch of the PAPD in Ganta, Nimba County, noted that the government will invest in the maintenance of peace to ensure citizens live and move freely and without fear.
He pointed out that with the withdrawal of the United Nations Peacekeeping force from Liberia, the government is now in charge of its own security and, as such, he will ensure that the government focuses on maintaining the peace.
Addressing world leaders at the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York few weeks ago, President Weah said his government will initiate series of national peace dialogues across the country to prevent a repeat of the costly mistakes of the past.
“It is clear to me that frank exchanges at these dialogues are an initial step to bringing lasting peace, healing, reconciliation and unity amongst the people of Liberia,” the Liberian leader stressed.