Ms. Cooper spoke when she appeared on a local radio talk show yesterday to explain the motivation behind her decision to contest the 2017 polls.
According to her, Liberia has all it takes for leaders to improve the living condition of the citizenry but sadly, the resources of the country is distributed at a class level.
“The ordinary people are suffering. This cannot be business as usual forever. I am here to change the status quo. Our country does not belong to just 15% of the country’s population,” she stressed.
The female presidential hopeful indicated that she has been to places where children and their parents live in dignity but Liberian children are experiencing the opposite amid the vast natural resources the country is endowed with.
“Tribal segregation will have no place under my leadership. People will not be deprived of opportunities because they belong to a particular tribal group. I don’t see any good in giving Liberia to a single religious group. One religion will not necessarily help solve our problems. The politics of class will be excommunicated. Liberia is for all and every citizen deserves a better living condition like those privileged to be in government or top position,” Ms. Cooper added.
Ms. Cooper indicated that despite the fact that she has been helping “few people” through personal initiatives, she has not been able to touch what is actually needed to be done to improve the living condition of the citizenry.
“Many fathers cannot come home to their families because they cannot withstand the shame associated with not being able to provide for their children. If a man does not have few dollars in his pocket, he would not want to come home to bring bad news to his wife and children,” she said.
The first female presidential aspirant in the buildup to the 2017 polls noted that although Liberia has had a lot of setbacks as well as having a situation in the past when only a minute portion of the country’s population enjoyed the wealth of the land, she was confident that with her leadership as President of Liberia, the post conflict nation will become great in which everyone will be treated equally and given the same opportunities to bring out the best in them.
We must avail ourselves to provide 21st Century leadership for our kids. I am asking for your hands in support to make this happen. We have gathered here because we believe in the prospects and potentials of our great country. I see Liberia as the greatest country in the world. There is no country like Liberia across the world,” she said.