ConcessIon STATEMENT

Delivered by
Honorable Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr.
Standard Bearer of the Unity Party & Vice President, Republic of Liberia

In Acceptance of the

Results of the 2017 Presidential Run-off Election

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National Headquarters of the Unity Party
Congo Town, Liberia

Friday, December 29, 2017

Fellow Liberians;
My Great Partisans;
Auxiliary and other Support Groups;
Executives and Members of Collaborating Political Parties;
Well Wishers and People of Goodwill;
Members of the Press:

Let me start off by thanking all of you. I express my deepest gratitude to the peace-loving
people of Liberia for their determination to quench their thirst for the consolidation of our
democratic entitlements.

My deep appreciation and affection go to my Wife, Mrs. Kartumu Yarta Boakai, my children
and relatives for enduring this tedious but worthy undertaking to the end. Indeed, I remain
proud of you.

To all Liberians who supported us, I say thank you. And to those who did not support us, I
also say thank you. We all are passengers on this big Ship called Liberia; even though I will
not be the Captain of this Ship, it is my fervent desire that this Ship of State always sails
smoothly.

More than a year ago, the Unity Party (UP) elected me as Standard Bearer in our national
political contest. This was in addition to nearly 12 years of service as Vice President and
several years in public and private service characterized by untainted stewardship to our
nation.

On December 26, in the midst of the joyful tides of Christmas and the celebration of the birth
of our Lord, Liberians went to the polls in obedience to their civic responsibility. We note
with great pride the peaceful nature of the free expression of their will for national leadership.

At this historic crossroad, let us remain cognizant of the extent to which elections are conflict-
prone and have the potential to destroy nations, disintegrate families and undermine the
sanctity of a nation. We are also quite aware of our nation’s current economic challenges.

The history of our nation is characterized by some disturbing episodes of fraudulent electoral
processes and the attendant consequences. Notable among them are the presidential elections
of 1927 and 1985, the outcomes of which were rejected, thereby engendering conflict which
occasioned the loss of lives and a protracted fratricidal national conflict.

I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience. I reject any temptation of imposing pain,
hardship, agony, and uncertainty upon our people. My name will not be used as an excuse for
one drop of human blood to be spilled in this country.

My worth and ambition to serve will never push me to stoop low to violence. The truth of the
matter is that what I was seeking was not power or title, but instead an opportunity to serve.
My love for country is more profound and intrinsic than my desire for the presidency.

As such, a while ago, I called Ambassador George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for
Democratic Change (CDC), to congratulate him on emerging as the winner in the presidential
contest. I also availed myself to help him in any way he may find me useful to advance the
good of our country.

My Compatriots, Friends;

I have seen the good of our country and learned that there are many good people, and that
ultimately good triumphs. Although we worked so assiduously for a different outcome than
what the results show, my faith, value and principles dictate that l respect the will of our
people as announced by the National Elections Commission.

I accordingly call on all of our supporters and well-wishers, from this day forward, to support
peace and collectively join hands to continue to build our country, heal our wounds and serve
our people with honesty as well as a renewed dedication and commitment.

Let us put the election and the acrimony occasioned by it behind us and close ranks to push
this nation to its rightful place within the comity of nations. I value all of you and hereby urge
you to demonstrate that Liberia can be a better country. As I have so frequently urged, we
must subordinate our personal ambition and interests to the good of all and love for our
country.

After years of serving as your Vice President, I appreciate the privilege of serving with utmost
dedication and integrity. I so dearly cherish my service to this country and for that let me
express my gratitude to the people of Liberia for according me that noble opportunity to serve
my country.

We know that our supporters in and out of Liberia are disappointed by the result of the
elections. Let us however be consoled by the fact that we did collectively fight a good fight.
We made personal sacrifices and demonstrated full commitment to the values we espoused.

Speaker James Emmanuel Nuquay and I are grateful to all of you who gave your best, and
your all to this campaign. We make particular mention to the Chairman and members of the
Unity Party, the National Campaign Team, Honorable Benoni Wilfred Urey and all heads and
members of collaborating political parties, our auxiliaries, and our youth, women, elders, and
thousands of supporters and well-wishers. It was a campaign for Liberia and you fought it so
very hard.

Our gratitude also goes to all our international partners who stood by Liberia during this long
and arduous electoral process.

Many of you traversed this country to let our people sell our agenda to fix our roads, produce
food to feed ourselves, heal the wounds inflicted over the years, unite us and develop our
country.

Our campaign was characterized by many tangible projects to communities. We did our best
and each of you deserve my personal gratitude. Let us continue to work even harder to
promote reconciliation and integrity in government. All of you are the Liberian heroes.

I, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, a man of peace, humility and a Liberian patriot with deep faith in
God, hereby accept the results of the elections as announced by the National Elections
Commission.

I congratulate the winner, Ambassador George Manneh Weah, and pray that God will guide
and guard him as he embarks upon the onerous responsibility of steering the affairs of our
nation. In congratulating our incoming President, I do offer a hand of goodwill, friendship and
gratitude for a historic contest, conscious of the great need for country to be reconciled and
nudged on the track of transformation.

To my Unity Party Partisans, I urge you to embrace all who stood with us. We will together
make (UP) a great Party for a great country.

In so doing, let me again avail myself to help in whatever positive way I can to move this
nation forward. I thank all of you for believing in me, putting faith in yourselves and loving
our country. You have every reason to raise your heads high and celebrate the maturing of the
democracy we have so greatly fought for this country.

We need to join hands and work together to move our country forward. As I said throughout
this campaign, it has never been about me. It has always been and should always be about
Liberia.

This is about our country’s cause defending. We must work to unite our people because
Liberia is greater than any one of us.

I want to thank all of you for providing me an opportunity and I appreciate all that our country
has given me. Let us resist the temptation of harboring malice towards anyone. We should
only wish everyone God’s blessings.

And so, I urge you my supporters to go forth, showing love to others, forgiving those who
have done us wrong, offering kind words to our neighbors, praying to God for His divine
mercy upon our nation and working every day for our nation to be prosperous.

And in everything that we do and say, let us always THINK LIBERIA, LOVE LIBERIA
AND BUILD LIBERIA for all!

“IN UNION STRONG SUCCESS IS SURE”

God bless our beloved Liberia!

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