By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy in Greenville, Sinoe County
Liberia’s168th Independence Day National Orator, Ambassador Charles Minor, says despite the difficulties Liberians are going through, they should remain optimistic of their country’s prospect. Speaking yesterday at the ceremony marking the Independence Anniversary of Liberia held in Greenville, Sinoe County, Ambassador Minor noted that despite difficult situations, Liberians must thank God to have seen their country’s 168th Independence celebration.
Speaking on the national theme, “Celebrating Our Communities for Accelerated Progress”, the former Liberian Ambassador to the United States said, “We must admit and recognize that our hope is growing.”
Providing clarity about what can Liberia show after 168 years of independence, Ambassador Minor said, “God has been good to the country”.
He said if Liberians could not see what the country has achieved in 168 years, they should be thankful to God for sustaining the peace being enjoyed by all.
Ambassador Minor said the country has had difficult years since its formation as a nation including the civil conflict that devastated every fabric of the nation and the recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that claimed the lives of thousands of Liberians and other foreign citizens.
Ambassador Minor told his audience that “ as we celebrate , many Liberians are still surviving on less than one dollar, no sound and quality education, poor health care system, water and sanitation is lacking, ignorance persists, and Liberians are giving out their lands to make ends meet.”
He said, “But we must thank God to have seen our country’s 168th Independence Anniversary when efforts were being made to remove Liberia from the World’s map.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Abdoulaye Dore of Guinea requested the Liberian Government to assist the two countries (Guinea and Sierra Leone) plagued with the Ebola disease.
The Guinean Envoy said the idea of Ebola is not one to remain thoughtful about but praised Liberia for being the first country to pronounce its ability of ridding its shores of the epidemic.
He said despite the virus that fast spread across some parts of Africa, the 168th celebration was the first time ever that all Ambassadors were in attendance at the program and in high spirit.