Amidst harsh global economic condition which is also being felt by the government and people of Liberia, some citizens said they are dissatisfied over reported government plan to host an elaborate independence celebration.
A government source, however, told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) on Wednesday that the government believes that the independence day celebration, which is the biggest national event in the country’s history, cannot be deferred at the displeasure of the masses, believing that many Liberians use the occasion to take sober reflections on how far the country has come, judging from its past which was marked by a period of discord and bloodletting.
At an Independence Day planning meeting held in Monrovia last week, heads of ministries and agencies were informed that this year’s celebration will also be attended by several heads of state from Africa.
This, however, was confirmed by the Executive Mansion on Tuesday, following pronouncement that a total of five African leaders, including Muhammandu Buhari of Nigeria, Alassane Ouartara of Cote d’Ivoire and Julius Maada Bio of of Sierra Leone, among others, have confirmed their participation in the upcoming July 26th celebration.
The theme of this year’s celebration, which is expected to be held at the SKD Sports Complex, is: “Together We Are Stronger.”
Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee will deliver the keynote address for the day.
The day, according to the planning committee, will also be graced by students from several schools in the country as well as employees of government ministries, among others.
A grand pass-in-review, which will be led by the Armed Forces of Liberia marching band, will commence the 172nd Independence Day celebration.