Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulonteh has eulogized the Government for the level of political transformation in the country, but said more needs to be done to improve the living condition of the Liberian people.
The Liberian envoy said there are more Liberians suffering while the elites enjoy the resources of the country, something he described as “an abuse of democracy”. He made the statement Tuesday morning on the Voice of America in Washington D.C as part of programs marking the 169th Independence Day Celebrations in the US. The Liberian Ambassador to the US emphasized that political transformation in the country is marred by economic deficiency in the financial sector which according to him, the elites have taken advantage of and are squandering the little opportunity the ordinary Liberians have to enjoy from their own resources. Ambassador Sulonteh said due to dishonesty on the part of some Liberians, Government has being blamed for the hardship facing majority of the people. He then urged President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to ensure that those linked to the Global Witness bribery saga are prosecuted in order to deter others. The Liberia Ambassador praised President Sirleaf for the level of progress in the country, and called on his kinsmen not to thwart the effort but begin promoting it in strengthening the peace and harmony the country is enjoying after years of devastating war. He called on Liberians abroad not to follow the voices of the detractors of the UP Government noting “these are people who don’t want to see any good thing happen under the leadership of Madam Sirleaf, but stressed the need for cohesiveness in fostering democracy. When questioned about his political involvement in the upcoming national elections slated for October 2017, Ambassador Sulonteh said it was too soon for him to make comment on his involvement but promised to participate in his country’s political activities. He said the upcoming elections in Liberia next year will mark the beginning of transitioning power to the next President that will win at the polls. Amb. Sulonteh warned Liberians against any act that would undermine the country’s peace. The Liberian ambassador commended the Liberian leader and citizens for the peaceful celebration of this year’s Independence Day, and urged all Liberians to hold together and forget the past and ensure that Liberia remains peaceful.