As Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president end of tenure draws closer, after serving a 12-year term, Liberians including those who feel abandoned during these years of her administration have all conceived that her legacy will forever be remembered for her positive role played amongst world leaders; advocating for the sustainability of world peace.
Delivering her final address the seventy-second regular session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, which was live on local radio and television stations, Liberians who listened and watched the 16minutes and 59seconds speech of the Liberian leader at the United Nations were overwhelmed.
GNN reporter speaking to a cross session of Liberians in Monrovia and its environs after the President’s final speech at the UN, was amazed following a number appraisals and commendations from Liberians including those from the opposition blocs, noting that this president (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) will forever be missed for her eloquence, and the systematic approach to international politics.
“We are proud of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s political Maradona, whenever she addresses the United Nations on the plight of Liberia, ECOWAS and even the AU, lots of concerns are always created amongst world leaders to see reason in coming to the aide of Africa. We will miss this President,” Nathaniel McKollie a resident of central Monrovia who claimed to be a member of the opposition bloc speaking to the GNN asserted.
The Liberian leader who spoke for the first time at the UN in 73 years, built the hopes and aspiration of Liberians who are anticipating for a very competitive elections, noted that her handing over power to a democratically elected administration come January 2018 will be peaceful.
“Ellen made my day; from her speech at the just ended seventy-second regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States yesterday. We will miss this woman, she has cemented Liberia’s relations perfectly to the global community, even though she had some pitfalls, but her legacy will be remembered as Liberia and Africa’s first female president,” Saralyn Daniels of Iron Factory, Gardnerville, Montserrado County speaking to the GNN in an interview noted.
The Liberian leader on her parting thoughts to the General Assembly of the United Nations amidst smiles from her delegation said, “As I bid farewell to you today, and to my fellow Head of State, remember Liberia which is making valiant effort to apply the tenets of democracy,” President Sirleaf on behalf of the people of Liberia told the quest of her native land, Liberia.
“I was so proud of this president, when I attentively listened to her on radio altruistically addressing world leaders on the plight of our country, Liberia reminding me of the late William V. S. Tubman when addressed the he addressed a plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly on October 29, 1954. His address was indeed impressive at that time I was a little boy, but was proud of Liberia being highlighted on the international scene,” Peter Toe believed to be in early eighties speaking to the GNN at his New Kru Town resident said.
As a result of this splendid presentation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the UN, several newspapers for the benefit of their respective readers featured the full text of the speech as delivered at the UN.