The NEWS (Monrovia)

14 April 2014

Liberia: 'They're Enriching Themselves... '

Catholic Archbishop Lewis J. Zeigler has told a gathering of Christian worshippers that some individuals in government are "self-centered and greedy"; as a result, they do not think about the people.

He said instead of empowering the masses, these individuals are only concerned with enriching themselves at the detriment of the poor people.

Bishop Zeigler indicated that individuals in government entrusted with the masses' money use it for their selfish interest, thus denying Liberians better living conditions.

"Do you know the harm you are causing by taking what belongs to the people for your own good? Do you know how many persons you are sending to their early graves?" Bishop Zeigler asked.

The Catholic Archbishop spoke Friday at program marking this year's Fast and Prayer Day held at Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia.

The service was attended by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Boakai, some members of the National Legislature, cabinet officials, among other dignitaries.

The Catholic Archbishop also told the gathering that corruption has become a "daily bread" in Liberia, a way of life in which most people in the public and private sectors cannot live without such menace.

He, however, observed that corruption is found in every sector of the country, particularly in government, civil society, churches, adding that this is also rooted in the family.

Archbishop Zeigler indicated that these self-centered individuals are in the habit of describing Liberians as being lazy, whereas they do not provide any opportunity to empower the very people they described as lazy.

The Catholic Bishop told the audience that there are people in Liberia who are compelled to fast everyday because they do not have any means to sustain themselves, and encouraged the government to take practical steps to address the issues of hunger and poverty.

Commenting on the Fast and Prayer Day, Bishop Zeigler said it is important for Liberians to always fast and pray so that God can do great things for them.

He said Liberians should not just fast and pray for a day after which they return to business as usual.

Bishop Zeigler said there must be changes in "our behaviors and attitudes after fasting and praying to God. We must not continue on the same path. Let's make the difference in our lives."

Making remarks, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf lauded Christian and Muslim communities for praying for Liberia, and called on all Liberians to reconcile and work together for the betterment of the country

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