I Have A Vision for My Country – President
“I love my country. I am proud of my country. I have a vision for my country. This is the Motherland of all of us,” President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, addressing the nation last night.
He said, prior to his assuming office, many lives had been lost in this country due to the activities of religious extremists. The underworld had become powerful and a wave of killings had swept throughout the country. Sri Lanka had become a haven for international drug traffickers. The country was becoming insecure due to the weakening of the Intelligence and security forces. Historic sacred sites of archaological value were being encroached by extremists.
He added, “After I came to power, I appointed suitable officials to head the security apparatus of the country and gave them the required authority to carry out their responsibilities without any compromise. The intelligence services that had collapsed in the past were restructured and revitalised.
“Accordingly, we have managed to control the possibility of a resurgence of extremism in any form, the President said.
PresidentRajapaksa further said a very effective and robust programme has been implemented to control the drug menace. There is no room anymore to engage in drug trafficking or operate the underworld from inside of prison cells as in the past. People of this country no longer have reasons to live in fear of underworld gangs, extortionists and racketeers, he noted.
“We have once again shown the world our position as a proud, sovereign country, ready to maintain friendly relations with all the nations, non-aligned, non-partisan, in conflicts between powerful nations. This is the reason today why we receive due respect from regional powers as well as global powers,” the President said.
Even after assumption of office, I acted on the principle that the Presidency is not a privilege but a responsibility. Accordingly, I have taken steps to completely eliminate unnecessary expenses, waste and vain glorifications, he noted.
“We totally rejected the practice of abusing the law to suppress political opponents. We showed by example, not by word, how we truly uphold the rule of law,” the President said, adding that he constantly faced challenges and overcame them. “I am not a person who is scared of empty threats. I don’t have the habit of simply running away from problems. Instead, I resolve those issues.”
The President said that he does not want to please anyone only for the purpose of securing votes. “As I have pledged, my determination is to build a prosperous nation. I will not hesitate to take whatever action is necessary according to my conscience to achieve this target.”