Fellow Liberians, as we turn the page to a new year, we are all reminded of God’s promise to Liberia. A promise, to live in a rich society characterized by religious, political, economic freedom and dignity with abundant wealth. Every year brings renewed hope to everyone, but for Liberians and Liberia, this coming year is very special.
It is a year that provides the promise of solidifying our hard earned democracy and restoring the years the locust has eaten, after the bloodied civil strife. It is a year like no other year in our existence, that Liberians must unite as one people and truly adopt a “Road Map” for all practical sense and purpose, to restore Liberia to Liberians. It is a year that every single Liberian, both home and abroad, should vow to support a realistic road map. For the very first time, let every Liberian ask the question, “How can I contribute in a personal way to transform this nation for every Liberian?” Liberia and Liberians need to show unconditional love to one another putting country first, over and above all other things. We have to overcome the culture of hate for one another and our country, which has its roots embedded in our competition for scarce resources due to misapplication of our priorities in the abundance of God’s given wealth. We realized as Liberians that due to hatred for one another, which can be traced as far back as the foundation of this country, we have surrendered our God’s given wealth and resources to foreigners and created a situation where in the words of a foreign national “Liberians own the nation, while we own the country”. Ninety two percent of the country’s assets are currently owned by foreigners. We hate each other so much that at the core of our existence, we look forward to when a fellow Liberian will fall from whatever position of opportunity God has granted him/her. We hate each other so much, that we pray and curse one another in every sector of our society and look down on one another so much, that we discount the potential of each other to ourselves and foreigners. We have created a culture where hate has made every Liberian afraid of what the future holds for them as they vacate any position of economic or political importance. This fright and also hate for each other have deepened corruption in the Liberian psychic and there is abundance of proof, that there is not a single Liberian Billionaire in the oldest African independent Nation. The few with a couple of Million, often earned those millions at the detriment of subjugating the privileges of the broad public interest of its citizens. Very few other Liberians have a couple of Million earned through hard work from international assignments. As we turn the page of 2016, it is good to reflect also on the good qualities of Liberians, which should be strengthened to face this very important year in our history. Liberians have proven to be resilient and can cope under any difficult circumstance with smiles. Liberians love people, if you measure the love we show to foreigners and to one another in foreign parts. Liberians are very hard working people, if you consider for instance Liberians that are abroad working two to three shifts and Liberians at home that are working our farms and in the private sector. Liberians are honest people, if you measure the record of many Liberians working in positions of trust both home and abroad. Liberians have vision, as proven through our leadership roles in the formation of the United Nations, African Union (formal Organization of African Unity), ECOWAS Bank, African Development Bank, just to name a few. Liberians are very smart and intelligent, as proven through countless numbers of high Liberian academic achievers from/within top universities and institutions across the world. As we transition to 2017, may we as Liberians reflect on the fact that we are confronted with the following facts: 1. Sixty Five Percent of our citizens are underprivileged youths with high unemployment 2. Ninety Two Percent of our Country’s Assets are in the hands of foreigners 3. The illiteracy rate in our country is very high 4. Road connectivity between North Western and South Eastern parts of Liberia to the rest of the Country is severely deplorable 5. Housing for over 80 percent of our population is in a terrible state/nonexistent 6. Electricity and safe drinking water are problematic 7. Health care system is struggling 8. Education system is a mess 9. Liberia is amongst the four poorest nations on earth: our Liberian Dollar is desperately weak, despite abundance of natural resources, and 10. Corruption is endemic and systemic to the detriment of the nation and its people. With the above listed facts, as we transition to 2017, we urge every Liberian to Join the Liberians for Change Movement (LCM) in 2017 to spread the developed road map of Liberia through the “Master Plan of Liberia” available at www.lib4changemovement.org. You can also read the “Liberian Dream”, which can be realized from the full implementation of the Master Plan on the same website. Copies will be made available to ALL communities throughout the Country. The time for hope is needed more than ever before. Let us appreciate what the current government has done and let us move on from where they have stopped, to push the Nation forward ever after and backwards never. Let us learn to forgive one another for God’s Blessings to Flow upon this Glorious Land of Liberty by God’s Command. Let us ensure that we have a peaceful transition and every Liberian should be free to live in and out of Liberia without fear or witch hunt from fellow kinsmen. Let our country truly reconcile and let economic freedom reign from the beautiful shores of Cape Mount to the hills and valleys of Gbarpolu, Lofa, Nimba, Bong, Margibi, and Grand Gedeh to the vast plains of Montserrado, Bomi, Rivergee and to the wonderful coastland of Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru and Maryland Counties. Let’s set the stage to put the Country to work. On this note, the Liberians for Change Movement (LCM) wishes every Liberian a Happy New Year.