President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded members of the Islamic faith and Liberians in general for sustaining the peace that we are enjoying today.
According to an Executive mansion released, President Sirleaf made the statement on Friday, July 21, 2017, when she led an array of government officials at the 72nd Central Mosque in Paynesville City, Montserrado County to participate in the Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service marking Liberia's 170thIndependence Day celebration.
President Sirleaf told Liberia Muslims that every gain made during the 12 years of her stewardship is an achievement of every Liberian - including every Muslim, Christian and non-religious members of the society. She praised the Muslim and Christian Communities as well as all and sundry for their individual and collective roles in working for peace.
Speaking earlier, the Guest Speaker at the Thanksgiving & Intercessory Service, Sheikh, Mohammed Kamara, commended President Sirleaf for the level of infrastructural developmental executed under her leadership, especially at a time when the country was returning from a devastating civil war.
The Islamic Cleric however, was quick to acknowledge the Liberian leader noting, despite those developmental programs executed under her leadership, one thing that remains cardinal on the minds of Liberians is the issue of sustaining and maintaining the peace during of the last 12 years particularly when she shall have left office.
Sheikh Kamara called on President Sirleaf to prioritize the inclusion and teaching of peace messages into our educational curriculum to dissuade anti-peace elements who are often in the habit of abusing the kindness and receptiveness of the Liberian people.
He described stereotypical comments on the part of some Liberians as divisive tendencies, which are inimical to the peace Liberians are enjoying today. He said every child growing up in the country should be educated on the importance of peace to safeguard their future.
The Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service was attended by senior government officials including Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Internal Affairs Minister, Montserrado County Superintendent, Presidential Press Secretary, Paynesville City Mayor, among others.
Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also reached out with assorted food items to the needy and physically challenged in the Coconut Plantation Community in Central Monrovia as way of identifying with them during the commemoration of Liberia's 170th Independence Day Celebration.
Making the donation on behalf of President Sirleaf, Mr. Mohammed S. Kromah, Assistant Minister for Logistics at the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, said the donation as a tradition, was a demonstration of the Liberian leader's concern for the welfare of every Liberian - including the physically challenged. He noted that similar distribution would be extended to parts of Rural Montserrado, Bassa and Bong counties respectively. Items donated included rice, fish and a host of others.
Receiving the items, the Head of the Disabled Community, Mr. Tallo Thomas, commended President Sirleaf for the donation and said this has been tradition over the last 11 plus years. He commended the Liberian leader for her care and concern for the disabled stressing: "Madam President, thank you very much and May God bless you."