The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Robert Sirleaf Responds to Public Perception

The ex-Board chair of the National Oil Company of Liberia or NOCAL, Robert Sirleaf, has observed that many times youth in the country say things they don't have sufficient knowledge on, which causes serious problem for others.

According to him, the ideas of preaching politics against public officials should be based on facts and sufficient evidence in order to prove that such criticism against a particular individual is true.

Sirleaf said failure to provide evidence in court of law, one making such charges should be held in contempt for character assignation and bear the full weight of the law.

He cautioned young people to focus their attention on education and forget politics that will not benefit them for the future, adding that politics is not for youth, who don't know the meaning, but rather elders, who have had the experience.

Robert made the observation recently at the launch of an intellectual center on Carey Street, Monrovia. The ex-board chair expressed serious dissatisfaction over how leaders of public institutions respond to any situation that comes up against them.

According to him, as a leader, the right decision you make is what makes you to be the right leader for the people or an institution, which also helps to make your followers to have conviction in you as their leader.

Robert added that a good leader thinks about the people and the next generation, while a politician only thinks about the next election.

However, he reminded that whenever citizens of the country say negative things about an institution or individual that means he or she must do what is being requested.

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