The Inquirer (Monrovia)

3 October 2012

Liberia: Concurring With Minister Brown

editorial

RECENTLY, INFORMATION MINISTER, Lewis G. Brown while addressing a group of young Liberians urged the Liberian community in the Diaspora to support the Government in its effort to accelerate the post-war reconstruction agenda of the country.

MINISTER BROWN INFORMED them that the era of exclusion was over and that this was no time for people to sit on the fence and criticize from afar while developmental events unfold in the country. The Minister persuaded his audience that the current political climate in the country provides an opportunity for every Liberian to contribute to the rebuilding processes of the country.

MINISTER BROWN MADE the remarks when he addressed a group of young Liberians under the banner " Project for the New Liberia" held in the City of Maplewood, New Jersey, where he was invited to share thoughts on how the Diaspora and home-based community organizations can form partnerships geared towards contributing to the reconstruction efforts of Liberia.

HE TOLD THE audience that although he remains a member of the opposition party, his acceptance of the post of Information Minister in the Administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was informed by the genuine desire of the current leadership to move the country forward, and supported by his own conviction that the country was on the right trajectory and needed the contributions of all Liberians in order to accelerate the pace of Liberia's development.

WE WELCOME THE statement made by Minister Brown urging Liberians in the Diaspora to return to their native land and contribute their quotas to the growth and development of their country following years of senseless civil unrest.

AS LIBERIANS GRADUATE from our nightmare, we all ought to celebrate that the question of the leadership of Liberia has been democratically resolved by at least two successive elections, and that the country has remained peaceful and secured.

WHAT IS MOST important now is that we as Liberians must join our efforts and together build our country and ensure that the democracy for which we fought for many years is sustained to the fullest. This can only be achieved if Liberians without fear hold their government accountable in its operations.

IT IS A known fact that the current leadership is a product of years of advocacy for change and has shown some level of commitment to delivering on those promises of change through freedom, protection of rights and the spread of civil liberty.

NOW THAT THE government is making such strides in some key areas of development, we join the Information Minister's clarion call for our fellow compatriots in the Diaspora to return home because east and west, home is best and that Liberia really needs them for its reconstruction drive.

EVERY LIBERIAN, ESPECIALLY the current generation has a moral obligation to make the transformation which we had yearned for to be a reality. It is based on these facts that we concur with Minister Brown in urging our fellow Liberians to see reason to return home so that Liberians can work together in developing their common denominator, Liberia.

LET US NOT forget that every citizen has a stake in the country's advancement and as such should be an active participant in the activities that would lay the basis for continued progress and development.

AGAIN, WE PLEAD with our fellow compatriots in the Diaspora to return home and assist with the rebuilding process of our nation.

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