18 April 2016

Liberia: Maryland Youths Drum Up Support for Nat Barnes

Monrovia — Ahead of the 2017 general and presidential elections, which many pundits say will be a major determinant for lasting peace and stability following the tenure of the first post-conflict democratic leadership that was largely babysat by the international community, there is expected to emerge a litany of political cleavages across the country for various reasons and machinations. Already there are predictions that the fragmentations, though not uncommon in the country's political history, will go wild and every religious, ethnic and religious bloc will come to terms with it. Now, the youth segment of the Southeastern County of Maryland has been building up bridges in favor of Liberian diplomat M. Nathaniel Barnes, categorically announcing their support for him. The Analyst reports.

A group of young people calling themselves the executive members of Maryland Youth for Development say they are announcing to all and sundry of the people of Maryland County and Liberia in general that they endorse Ambassador M. Nathaniel Barnes "as the person we are supporting for the following reasons."

The youth group said they took the decision "after a careful study to select one of the sons of Maryland County to participate in the coming general and presidential elections."

Though they did not say where and when the decision was made, the youth catalogued a number of reasons for the endorsement.

In a statement released by the group and obtained by The Analyst, the Maryland Youth for Development said Ambassador Barnes has contributed to the social and economic development of Liberia with emphasis on Maryland County.

"Ambassador Barnes has been in the country much longer to identify with the suffering people of Liberia," they said further. "Ambassador Barnes was the first person to contact the people of Maryland County for support including the elders and youths."

"In view of the above," the group said in the statement signed by Roland Neal, President of the Maryland County Youth for Development, "[we] have now agreed to support no other presidential aspirant as it relates to the people of Maryland County."


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