PM: Put country first

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Tuesday night called on Barbadians to follow the example set by the late former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and to put country first.

“What Nelson Mandela did in 1990 after coming out of prison and promoting that Truth and Reconciliation Commission was to put his country above his own personal concerns.

“He was not preoccupied with revenging himself on those who wronged him, he was not preoccupied with having others avenge the injustice that was done to him, he was more concerned . . . with looking forward and trying to build a country that had helped to create him and to which he felt a solemn obligation,” said Stuart in an address to the official opening of the Mandela Freedom Park at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

The late freedom fighter walked out of prison in Johannesburg back in 1990, after serving 27 years in jail. Mandela later participated in the eradication of apartheid and served as the first black president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and died in December 2013 at age 95.

Even though Mandela was deprived of the most productive years of his life, Stuart said Mandela had come out of prison determined to forgive those who had wronged him, and had made his term of imprisonment fertile, rather than squandering it in self-pity and despair.

However, he told the gathering that included Nelson Mandela’sgrand-daughter Ndileka Mandela and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg Ihron Rensburg that even though Mandela remains a source of inspiration to people across the world his “largeness of heart” tended to elude humankind.

In fact, the Prime Minister warned that life had a way of creating prisons for people, and suggested that they should imitate the late president and look inward and find that solution “that makes imprisonment a redemptive experience”.

Source: (BT)

14 Responses to PM: Put country first

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 29, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Do you know Mr. Stuart that Nelson Mandela give up large part of presidential salary stating that it was too much and donated it to help feed and cloth the poor? I guess when you decided to take back your ten percent in an economy that is so broken I wonder what part of that was putting country first. We know you just talking big because you want to impress one of the Mandela’s- We done know you ain’t about putting Barbados first. Just more of your lot of talk.

  2. Jennifer March 30, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Oh GOD. Now isn’t this a hypnotic and anti black speech. DO NOT GO THERE TO TALK ANYTHING ABOUT THE GREAT NELSON MANDELA. You FUNDEL are FAR, FAAAAAAAARRRRRRR FROM BEING ANYTHING LIKE HIM. This man was a freedom fighter not an en-slaver. He had no choice to tow the line when he came out of prison. He fell under the same hernia and hole that you people fell into. He did not land at plimith rock, the rock landed on him. What happened to him on Robin Island was like breaking a stallion. He dropped from that fighter to a suscomer. Mind you I still love him. This is why he remained president via favoritism of his people but did little for his people just like you are doing. SAME HOLE. Take your 4D Glasses off.


  3. Tony Webster March 30, 2017 at 6:39 am

    @ Jennifer: Exactly! Whenever I see a hoto, of video clip or hear this Right Honourable chap speak, my B.P. jumps up. Now effin God had given me LOW b.p., that would be nooooo problem.

    History, will however deal appropriatley with him.

  4. Richard Johnston March 30, 2017 at 6:45 am

    “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” — Dr. Samuel Johnson

  5. Bajangranny March 30, 2017 at 7:53 am

    This disgraceful man has the audacity to tell Bajans to put their country first when he and his government have been putting themselves first and Barbados and Bajans LAST since 2008.

    He is a complete and utter waste of space.

  6. hcalndre March 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Asked Stewart , when Mandella was imprisoned where was he and if he made his voice heard, knowing bajans they would have blamed Mandela for his stance against the apartheid system and would wanted to know if the protests and marches would help.

  7. Andrew Simpson March 30, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Ironically, it would appear that I have been blacklisted.
    Numerous efforts to put Barbados first; to encourage ‘green’ environmentally sustainable lifestyle habits, advocacy for conservation and preservation of resources (waste not, want not) and appeals for more environomic policies over many decades, have been thwarted by successive government agencies.
    At first, I accepted it as personal failure, then racism, next a form of victimization but now believe that cronyism, politicism, and a form of monetary fraternity have more to do with who does what, when and where, than patriotism and good intention.
    A modern governance model , designed to use digital technology, effectively and efficiently engaging citizens on a more participatory platform might bring much needed change.

  8. Peter March 30, 2017 at 9:34 am

    There is nothing Fruendel nor You Jennifer can say or write abot Nelson Mandela that is new to world knowledge. Jennifer. What is about you that all your comments are laced with racial innuendos? You blame all whites for the black man’s disposition. You want the now whites to give the now blacks money in repatriation for their ancestral dark deeds, which they are not responsible for, and for which their fellow black entrepreneurs helped to physically round them up and capture them in exchange for blood money. Then in the same breath you course all blacks, even the highly educated, qualified and knowledgeable
    blacks and refer to them as crabs fighting each other to get out of the proverbial barrel. I would implore you to read the last paragraph of this report over and over and emancipate your inner mind from its imprisonment. Deal with it.

  9. Sheron Inniss March 30, 2017 at 11:38 am

    LORD come for you world.

  10. Ossie Moore March 30, 2017 at 11:45 am

    He sounds like the late Fidel Castro . . . . . . buggadown . . . . . .Look out Barbados ! !

  11. Ann Thomas March 30, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for the good advice, Prime Minister.

    In order for us to follow it, you need to call elections sooner rather than later and we will be happy to oblige, by voting you out!

  12. Peter March 30, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Jennifer. What’s your problem? 99% of your lethargic comments are purely racist. You want whites who are NOT responsible for their forefathers action. Action based on economics of those days, Then you forget the black tribesmen who rounded up and hunted down OUR forefathers that were shipped to the west for blood money. Well you narrow minded failure, Many of those black descendants whom you referred to as crabs in the proverbial barrel, are supremely educated, qualified and knowledgeable. Far beyond your capacity to understand. You are a confused individual. Read the last paragraph od this BT report. Read it over and over. and you will see that you Jennifer have an imprisoned mind and is blaming people for you shortcoming. I do not wish to engage you in a war of words especially in this media. It’s not my style. Deal with that.

  13. Shawn Phillips March 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Mr Stuart if you want to put Country first before your own personal concerns and what you can benefit from .1) You would step aside because you are a poor leader 2) You should have never rush to take back the percentage for Parliamentarians 3) Hurry up and call general elections so Barbadians can get the right to put country first and vote your party out of office . Take off the blinkers Freundel because you continue to speak nonsense you are so out of touch with what is happening on the ground in Barbados .

  14. L King March 30, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I don’t think he right in his head – Stuart. He reminds me of some of those corrupt politicians in Africa: he can’t see his wrong doing and that’s a dangerous leader to have.


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