Citizens of Lofa County honor Vice President Boakai as Peace Ambassador

Monday, 4th July 2011

Monrovia, Liberia - Citizens of Lofa County at the weekend honored Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr., as “Compassionate Peace Ambassador of Lofa  County.

In a statement of appreciation crafted by commissioners, paramount chiefs, chairladies and youth leaders who all graced the occasion, the citizens said they were honoring the Vice President for his “numerous contributions in the field of development, peace making and peace building.”

“We are also here to honor you as compassionate peace ambassador of Lofa County… for reducing our trauma to broken relationships, and striving to restore our lost dignity” the statement added.

The honoring program was held in Samordu Town, the headquarters of Quardu Gboni Mandingo District.
Elaborating further on reasons for honoring the Vice President, the citizens said Vice President Boakai has shouldered his responsibility as ‘Uncle’ to all the other tribes of Lofa County “with compassionate love”.

“We are grateful to you for bringing peace to our doors. When you became Managing Director of LPMC, your administration was characterized by mutual understanding among the workers and administrators. You established a line of communication which gave no room for rumors and gossip,” they added. 

The citizens also commended the Liberian Vice President for providing scholarships to students of the county which enabled them to attain higher education. “Your scholarship scheme offered across Lofa County immensely contributed to the growth of the county,” they added.

The citizens also recalled that as Chairman of the Board of the Lofa County Agricultural Development Project Vice President Boakai opened feeder roads in all districts in Lofa County, which, they noted, contributed immensely to the growth of the county.

 “This is a mark of noble statesmanship and love for native land,” the citizens observed.

They observed that even in his current position as Vice President of Liberia, Mr. Boakai has not forgotten Lofa County, saying, “You continue to give helping hand to the needy whenever you meet them in a state of trauma.

They also cited the stand he took to calm the February 26, 2010 incident in Konia while enroute to Voinjama, adding, “You did not only stop there, but you set up a Mediation Committee to negotiate and settle the dispute among the Lormas and Mandingoes which erupted into violence on February 26.

Citizens of the County and the people of Quardu Gboni Mandingo District gowned the Vice President separately at the program which was attended by hundreds of citizens from Salayea, Voinjama, Zorzor, Quardu Gboni, Vahun, Kolahun and Foya Districts. 

In response, Vice President Boakai thanked the people of Lofa for the honor bestowed on him.

He said he was humbled that the citizens could spend their time and resources to honor him, noting that the honor bestowed on him further challenges him to serve his people.

He said the honoring program served as a climax of the peace pact signed by citizens of the county last month, and that it puts to shame detractors who thought the peace pact would not hold. “You’ve showed them today that you are great people. Today we have realized that good things can sometimes come out of the bad.”

He said his honoring is also an agreement that the way forward in Lofa County is peace.

Vice President Boakai used the occasion to challenge the people of Lofa County to remain peaceful and productive citizens, as they had always been.

He also used the occasion to extend sincere sympathy to people who lost relatives in the February 26 violence, and assured them that as a responsible government, their grievances would be addressed.

He also used the occasion to challenge all Lofians to continue to live in peace, adding, “Let’s create the atmosphere where everybody can live in peace.”

Earlier in remarks, the Superintendent of Lofa County, Galakpai Kortimai and University of Liberia Lecturer Alhaji Kromah heaped praises on Vice President Boakai.

Superintendent Kortimai described him as “a gentleman, a quiet Uncle” who, as Manager of LPMC in Voinjama, started a micro-loan program that enabled people to own their own houses.

Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Henry B. Fahnbulleh who proxied for Internal affairs Minister Harrison Kahnweah, commended the people of Lofa County for smoking the peace pipe, and assured the Ministry’s commitment to buttress the local effort  to sustain the peace.