National unity a collective responsibility
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President, Dr. Irfaan Ali
President, Dr. Irfaan Ali

– and all leaders have a role to play, says President Ali

By Rabindra Rooplall
PRESIDENT, Dr. Irfaan Ali, on Tuesday, made a stirring appeal for a united Guyana and challenged all leaders, including political leaders to work individually and collectively to achieve this milestone within the period of the current generation.

He shared these sentiments while unveiling Commemorative Centenary Stamps to mark the 100th birth anniversary of former President, Janet Jagan, at State House.
“I want to appeal to all of Guyana in the spirit of all those who came before us, those who are still with us, that it is time we stop reflecting in an empty way, the time has come for us in this country to reflect with honourable intentions, to reflect with a passion and a commitment to achieve what those who struggled selflessly, wanted to achieve, and that is the unification of our people,” the President noted.

Underscoring that nothing is as important to Guyana’s development as the unification among all the ethnicities of the country, the President said it is the most pressing issue for all citizens.

“We talk a lot these days about the economic bonanza that will come, about the great wealth that will come, about lifting our people form poverty but today I say to you, the greatest of task and challenge for all of us is the unification of our people,” the Head of State asserted
The President said this is a burden that must be carried by all leaders across the spectrum.
“And this does not rest on the people out there, this rests entirely on the shoulder of leaders. We cannot lead without dignity, we cannot lead in a way that is disrespectful to the laws of our country,” he said.

He continued: “Today I ask all of Guyana, especially within our political landscape, to assume individually and collectively the role of achieving the unification of our people and I assure you every single day of this government’s life will be spent dedicated to the task, it will be achieved, it must be achieved, we have to break down the invisible walls of disunity and bring our people together. We owe this to the legacy of those who work tirelessly and selflessly, we owe this to our future generation and we have to fix it now and fix it in this generation and do not leave this burden upon those who will come after us.”

The President noted that in order for Guyana to be a prosperous and successful country and excel at all levels, all must unite as one.
“So today, as you reflect, I ask us to reignite in ourselves that spirit, that spirit that saw us victorious so many times in our country. We are at our best when we’re united,” the President added.

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