VP BOAKAI URGES LIBERIAN YOUTHS TO USE VIRTUES OF HONESTY, HUMILITY AND HUMANITY AS CRITERIA FOR SELECTING LEADERS
February 22, 2016 -Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is calling on Liberian youths to pay greater attention to the role they are required to play in the process of determining the country’s Leadership during elections.
In a message delivered on his behalf by Mr. Anthony Kesselly, Public Policy Advisor in the Office of the Vice President, the Liberian statesman cautioned that those the young people select must be ones that have actually lived lives in honesty, humility and humanity, not just those who have talked much about such virtues.
Advisor Kesselly was speaking over the weekend in Gbarnga, Bong County, where he represented the Vice President at the Veterans Home Coming Program of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). The Program was held at the newly constructed Youth Center of the Local Youth Council (LYC) of the Gbarnga Branch of the Liberia YMCA
Delivering the Vice President message on the topic “The Roles and Responsibilities of Young People in the Upcoming Crucial General and Presidential Election of 2017, Mr. Kesselly echoed the VP’s reminder to Liberian youths to remain on the path of non-violence and the search for peaceful means to redress grievances.
On the issue of participating in the national decision making process at elections, the VP lectured the youths on the need to realize that they are the ones that will inherit the future. They must therefore ask themselves about the kind of future they would want to live in, the VP suggested.
“You must adequately grasp the essence and importance of elections and the opportunity it affords for your input into the governance process,” the VP stressed. He noted, “You will need to appreciate the purpose of, and assigned a value to, the vote you cast.”
VP Boakai called on the youths to nurture the aptitude of exhaustively evaluating each contestant in the army of candidates that will soon be trooping into their respective communities in their droves. He advised young people to use their voting power purposefully–by wielding it to reinforce good and deflate unsavory and unpatriotic acts.
On thoughts youths must consider before arriving at the decision on who best leads their nation in the coming years, VP Boakai turned their attention to the unfolding national situation, particularly the UNMIL draw down. He said the unfolding period will require leaders endowed with tact, moral rectitude and an abundance of tolerance.
The Vice President then implored the young people of Liberia to turn focus their energies to setting our nation on path that leads forward and not backwards to where we have so painstakingly walked away from.
The youths, he reiterated, must help install a leadership comprising politicians who have not just talked and preached HONESTY, HUMILITY AND HUMANITY, but who have actually lived exemplary lives. He observed that the objective of selecting the best of national leaders can only be realized if the young voters do not surrender their votes to those who will dole them only tokens that give them instant gratification.
VP Boakai then implored the youth to embark upon the business of helping to fashion a secure future for the country by having their activities and votes wrapped in true patriotism.