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Liberian President Boakai Vows Relentless Fight Against Corruption

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By Festus Poquie

President Joseph Boakai has vowed to continue his administration’s unwavering fight against   the longstanding issue of corruption and impunity in Liberia, the scourge that has plagued the country.

Addressing a civil service program aimed at eliminating fraud and waste in the government’s wage bill, President Boakai made it clear that his administration will not be deterred by cries of “witch-hunting” as they work to hold those responsible for the theft of the country’s resources accountable.

Corruption is responsible for the poverty and poor infrastructure besetting Liberia, the 79-year-old leader said, calling for honest self-reflection on the matter. “This is our country. It is not about the next election, it is about the next generation.”

President Boakai’s resolute stance on the issue of corruption comes at a critical juncture, as the country grapples with the consequences of decades of mismanagement and graft. The President made it clear that his administration will not shy away from taking the necessary steps to improve governance and ensure that those responsible for the country’s woes are brought to justice.

“We have to be honest with ourselves. We will do the right thing. I hate people who do not love this country,” Boakai declared, expressing his disdain for those who have exploited the country’s resources for personal gain.

The President also lamented the devastating impact of corruption and poor governance in Liberia and other African countries, which has led to the tragic loss of hundreds of thousands of young lives as they embark on perilous journeys in search of greener pastures in Europe.

“It is a shame to be blessed as we are but poor as we are,” he said, emphasizing the need for a fundamental shift in the way the country is governed.

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