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President wishes Sparrow well

Tuesday, September 24 2013

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President Anthony Carmona...
President Anthony Carmona...

PRESIDENT Anthony Carmona in his Republic Day address to the nation has wished ailing Calypso legend Slinger ‘‘The Mighty Sparrow’’ Francisco, a speedy and complete recovery.

“As all of South Africa rallied around former President Nelson Mandela within recent months, so, too, I have seen and heard countless citizens and fans in the Caribbean and worldwide on ‘Sparrow-watch’, rallying around this cultural ambassador par excellence, who has become an indelible part of our national identity. The nation’s prayers are with you, Dr Slinger Francisco,” President Carmona said.

Sparrow, 78, was admitted to a New York Hospital two weeks ago after falling into a coma. According to reports he has awakened from the coma and was responding to treatment. In his statement Carmona said that citizens have to re-dedicate themselves to the national watchwords of Discipline, Production and Tolerance.

“By infusing new life into these watchwords, our nation can regain its sense of humanity. A return to tolerance will make us a more understanding people. A return to discipline will help us to appreciate the need to engage standards. A return to production will result in a greater sense of fulfilment of the dreams and aspirations of all members of our society. Indeed, these are the keys to our upliftment as a nation,” he said.

He said that as TT commemorates Republic Day today, the nation has every reason to be proud of 37 years of self-determination. “Our willingness to take full responsibility for our country’s future required great bravery, and history will show us to be a courageous people. Admittedly, we have made mistakes, our own mistakes, but maturity is often born out of mistakes both made and learned from.

“On the other hand, we have also had great successes and have experienced the exhilaration of taking full ownership of those victories,” he added.

Carmona said that Independence Day celebrates the birth of the nation while Republic Day celebrates “our adulthood, our coming of age”.

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