Vice President Boakai Challenges Liberians To Put Country First

Saturday, 16th April 2011

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., is challenging Liberians to put their country first and promote its development agenda, irrespective of political, ethnic, religious or social differences.

“It is our duty to seek to transform this country so that it will become a model of a successful post-war country,” he said.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks on Friday, April 15 at a meeting convened by the Association of the Masses in Support of Ellen’s Second Term (AMSOE and the Association of Members of the Unity Party in the U.S.A (AMUPA).

AMSOA is a grouping of opposition political party members seeking a second term for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The meeting convened in the G.W Gibson High School auditorium on Capital Bye-Pass, was attended by hundreds of AMSOA officials and members and graced by a delegation from the Association of Members of the Unity Party in the United States of America (AMUPA).

Vice President Boakai lauded the initiative to organize a group like AMSOA, and described it as a worthy cause.

 He said he was especially impressed by the fact that members of the group use their own resources to purchase T-shirts and move around to win members, simply because they want to see Liberia move to higher heights.

“ I am impressed with even the time you commit to this cause,” he said and described members of the Association as a “ movement  of true patriots.”

Briefing Vice President Boakai earlier, the vision bearer of the organization, Mr. Vincent B. Smith said AMSOA was launched in December 2010 to influence members of opposition parties to lobby for the re-election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai.

Mr. Smith said AMSOA members move from door-to-door to win people to vote for President Sirleaf so that she can continue her development agenda. He said the group which started off with barely 3,300 members in December last year, currently boasts of 10,354 registered members.

“We are targeting the six most populous counties of Montserrado, Nimba, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bong and Lofa, he said, adding, “We are doing so because we have confidence in President Johnson Sirleaf’s ability to transform Liberia from a failed state to a post-conflict success story.”

“We believe in you, not because of what you give us, but because we love our country. We don’t want anything from you. It is the development of the country that we are concerned about. We promise you one round”.

He emphasized that AMSOA does not recruit Unity Party members.

In remarks, Mr. William Kwapo, head of delegation from the Association of Members of the Unity Party in the United States of America (AMUPA), pledged his organization’s unflinching support to AMSOA, emphasizing, :We will stand with anyone that will stand to re-elect Madam Johnson Sirleaf.”

“W e support AMSOA because we support the President and her running mate,” he added.