Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has dissected Africa’s development woes and attributed most of them to the violence overthrows of constituted government.
He said Africa has the resources and potential to grow, but unless it dealt with violence and overthrow of government which result into war, the continent and its people would continue to depend on handouts for development.
The Liberia Vice President urged Africans to do away with violence and the overthrow of constituted authority which, he noted, had in the past destroyed everything they had and set them back.
He said like Liberia, many of these countries have had to start their development process all over again, thus causing them to lag behind other nations in development.
Speaking on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 when the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union to Liberia, Ambassador Akin O. Fayomi paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office on the anniversary of Africa Day, Vice President Boakai said it was time for Africans to retrospect and take seriously their development agenda.
The Liberian Vice President said he looks forward to the day when African leaders will stop globe-trotting bowl-in-hand begging for support from well-to-do countries.
He said Africa is endowed with the resources and manpower to make its citizens self-sustaining, and that all Africans need is to put their acts together and use the talents and resources they have wisely and honestly to bring change and development to their countries.
He thanked the leaders of all African countries where good things are happening, and urged them to sustain these laudable developments.
Vice President Boakai said he also looked forward to the day when Africans will begin to depend on themselves as Africans and use the talents they have to move their development agenda forward.
“We have competent people, and when we begin to tap from Africans, we will become truly independent and forge ahead with our development agenda,” Vice President Boakai emphasized.
In remarks earlier, Mr. Fayomi recalled Liberia’s role in the creation of the O.A.U, the precursor of the African Unity. He said the 1959 meeting in Sanniquellie, Nimba County by Presidents William V. S. Tubman of Liberia, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea set the stage for the formation of the O.A.U, now the African Union.
He lauded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s mediatory role in the recent diplomatic row between Nigeria and Libya over Libyan President Muammar Kaddafi’s call for the division of Nigeria into Christian and Muslim states.
Mr. Fayomi said President Johnson Sirleaf’s recent appointment as Third Vice President of the AU was a tacit recognition of the role Liberia played in the establishment of the AU, despite the fact that she is emerging from a devastating civil conflict.
He lauded the strides being made by the administration of President Johnson Sirleaf, and hoped that her administration would continue to make progress in becoming a truly democratic nation.
Mr. Fayomi said the AU was following with keen interest the upcoming elections in Guinea and the 2011 elections in Liberia, and hoped they would be credible so that the democratic process now taking root in the Mano River Union basin will be entrenched.
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission assured the AU’s support in whatever area in ensuring the holding of credible elections for the entrenchment of democracy.