Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Statement of Petition From Citizens of Nimba County to H. E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Source: allafrica.com


28 July 2010

STATEMENT OF PETITION FROM CITIZENS OF NIMBA COUNTY TO H. E. MRS. ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA TO CONTEST THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT FOR A SECOND TERM

WHEREAS, leadership is gifted to special people, and that you are such one rare gem of a leader this nation has had;

WHEREAS, we the citizens of Nimba County have followed with keen interest the leadership you have provided to this nation since you came to power;

RECOGNIZING the many development initiatives you have undertaken, including the magnificent Tappita Hospital, the Community College of Nimba County, to improve the livelihood of the citizens and residents of this country, including those of Nimba County;

COGNIZANT of the role you have played to return Liberia to its rightful place in the comity of nations through your effective international contacts, thereby restoring the dignity of Liberian citizens both at home and abroad;

REALIZING the vision you have and actions you have taken that strives towards transparency, accountability and good governance in Government, which led to the waiving of Liberia’s US$4.9 billion debt;

NOTING your recognition of the significant role women and young people play in society, thereby appointing them into responsible positions in Government;

WHEREAS, your youth empowerment program, including the provision of scholarships and other opportunities, has prepared and continue to prepare new breed of national leaders to continue the developments being undertaken now and to be undertaken in the future;

We the citizens of Nimba County believe strongly that you, Madam President, have the required leadership characteristics so needed at this time in the history of our country to keep our country and people peaceful and manage our resources in a way that will engender the kind of development that can put us on par with other great nations of the world. You are simply the right person God has given us in this dispensation to be President of the country at this time.

NOW THEREFORE, we the citizens of Nimba County, represented by the youths, women and elders, confident that you are politically, physically and mentally fit to steer the affairs of State and to complete the unfinished business of the Liberian people, do hereby petition you to run for the Office of President, Republic of Liberia, for a second term.

In so doing, we herewith present to you this petition as our commitment to support you for said second term of office.


DONE IN THE CITY OF SANNIQUELLIE, NIMBA COUNTY ON THE 26TH DAY OF JULY, A.D. 2010.

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