Pres. Weah Appreciates Bicentennial Participants

MONROVIA-President George M. Weah has sent out words of appreciation to Liberians and all those who graced the grand launch of the Bicentennial celebration.

In a statement, President Weah said, “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all Liberians for the successful launch of the Bicentennial celebration on Monday, February 14 to commemorate 200 years of our existence as a nation.”

He said the collective determination to celebrate two centuries of shared history, despite diversity, shows the strength of purpose as a nation.

“We must now use the enthusiasm of the occasion as a Launchpad to reset our development drive”, he said in his appreciation message.

The Liberian leader said, he was thankful to Sierra Leone President, Julius Madaa Bio, Faure Gnassingbe, President of Togo, Mohamed Bazoum, President of Niger, Adama Barrow, President of The Gambia, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of Nigeria, and all those who represented their respective governments and institutions.

“We remain thankful for the strong partnership and enduring support we continue to receive from our friends and neighbors”, he added.

Not just did he appreciate his colleagues from the region, but he also appreciated Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States for sending a high-level American delegation to participate in the ceremonies.

He made mention of the US$55 million grant support to the health sector. “Let me also thank the government and people of the United States for the US$55 million United States dollars grant support to our health sector”, he stressed.

He also praised his wife, First Lady Clar Marie Weah, who he said, has been a pillar of support.

He also thanked staunch political ally and partner, Jewel Howard Taylor and members of the Legislature.

The Liberian leader hoped that the Bicentennial will rekindle and solidify their bond of friendship, as they build on their shared values of good governance and democracy.

During the celebration of the 200 years of existence as a country, opposition political leaders including Alexander Benedict Cummings, former VP, Joseph N. Boakai, former president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and others were in attendance to celebrate their country.

It is in this direction that President Weah called on the opposition leaders to join him in this effort to seek Liberia’s interest first.

He said, “In spite of our different political persuasions, we can work together in the national interest.”

President Weah said, “This demonstrates that Liberians can work together in spite of our individual leanings”. From the tone of the president in his appreciation message, one could tell that he was happy that those from the opposition heeded to his invitation.

The days marking the celebration were made successful with the help of the National Steering Committee.

“It will be remiss of me therefore not to appreciate them, as much as we appreciate the National Steering Committee for the wonderful planning and execution of the launch”, the Liberian leader said.

“I am hoping we can use the significance of the day as a turning point in our development, drive” he noted


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