GOMPA, Nimba – Liberia’s vice president and the standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party, Joseph N. Boakai, was on Saturday, July 8, endorsed by thousands of citizens of Nimba who supported his ambition to become the next president of Liberia.
Receiving the endorsement, Boakai expressed his gratitude for the high level of hospitality he received throughout his five-day tour.
“Let me assure you the good people of Nimba… that I intend to work with you to bring in more development into this county – to make sure that these streets we see out there are all made accessible,” he said. “We can work together and improve those streets.”
The endorsement ceremony was held at the Kumasi Ganta Sports Field and former Nimba Superintendent Fong G. Zuagele read the endorsement on behalf of the county.
Zuagele said the action taken by the citizens of Nimba is in line with the Liberian Constitution, which “grants us the rights that include, the freedom of assembly, freedom of choice, and the freedom of expression.”
Nimba’s Senator Thomas Grupee made the formal presentation of the resolution after it was read by Zuagele.
“The people of Nimba have spoken – the voice of Nimba County has been added to the many voices,” he said. “Our valuable and precious possession, which is Liberia, cannot be trusted to an untrained and inexperienced driver. We need a driver that is trained and able to navigate his way easily on the Wologisi, on Mt. Nimba, and can [also] easily cross over [the] Cavalla to the other side.”
As he presented the resolution to Boakai, he added, “Today, with the power vested in me by the people of Nimba, [and] on behalf of this petitioning program, I have come to say to you that you are this driver while we are the passengers that you will reach safely to the promised land.”
Featured photo by Arrington Ballah