By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
After a month of successful trip to the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has returned to the country with a message calling on all Liberians to get ready for a forward march of the country. Despite the presence of a mammoth crowd at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County and at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City, President Sirleaf expressed her gratitude to thousands of Liberians who had abandoned their busy schedules but regrettably told them that she does not like huge crowd awaiting her upon arrival to the country.
President Sirleaf who touched down at 5:05 P.M. at RIA by Air-Brussels told several cabinet ministers who met her upon arrival that they should get prepared for the dry season to work for the Liberian people. She still acknowledged that there are so much more needed to be done but Liberians must recommit themselves to the development agenda of the country.
“Our development agenda is huge. All we need as a people is to work together. I want you to prepare yourselves for the forward march of Liberia. Thank you for coming to welcome me but I do not really like big crowd like this. I came prepared to do the work of the Liberian people,” President Sirleaf asserted at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville.
The Liberian leader however disclosed to the crowd that she went under minor surgical treatment while in the USA but such surgery could not hold her back from doing the work of the Liberian people. She said after the operation, medical doctors advised her to rest in the USA for additional three weeks but she refused on grounds that it would be prudent to come home and relax if necessary.
The President’s arrival yesterday was marked with jubilation by several youth groups, businessmen, women groups, some members of opposition political parties, officials of government and members of a group under the banner “Liberia for the Protection of Peace and Democracy (LPPD). The LPPD has been in the vanguard organizing programs to give the President a rousing welcome at the RIA.
The LPPD establishment came as a result of a group calling itself “Ellen Step-Down Campaigners” urging the Liberian leader to step down so that Vice President Joseph N. Boakai can take over. The Ellen Step-Down Campaigners outlined corruption, unemployment, nepotism, high rate in the United States dollars to the Liberian dollars among others as issues the Ellen led administration has failed to address.
The campaigners took its message to the Roberts International Airport (RIA) with series of slogans asking President Sirleaf to resign but state securities assigned to the Airport kept the group at a particular position so as to avoid confusion or misunderstanding among other Liberians who had gone there to express their appreciation for the 10-year un-interrupted peace that is being enjoyed by the larger society.