Sonntag, 5. Mai 2013

Speech of The Day (207): Sunday, May 5,1957, on the occasion of the 16th Liberation Anniversary

On Sunday, May 5,1957, on the occasion of the
16th Liberation Anniversary, His Imperial
Majesty Haile 'Selassie I made speech:

"Through the power of God, Who does not despise
the weak nor fear the strong, and through Whose divine
plan Ethiopia regained her independence, have We been
spared these sixteen years for which We gather together
today to share Our joy.
Sixteen years is not too brief a period of time; many
things have been accomplished during these sixteen years.
From the day that We were elected by the Almighty
to guide the destiny of Our people, and during the past
sixteen years, all those of you to whom We have delegated
power and appointed to various positions of trust in the
service of Our people, should consider yourselves, like
Us, equally divinely appointed. Moreover, in Our Parliament
We have always reminded Our people that each and
everyone should help and support Us to fulfill Our national
Our happiness today must not be based primarily
on material things or it would not be any different to
animal satisfaction. Each one of you should endeavour
to cooperate with Us to work selflessly for the development
and prosperity of Our country. Should you recognise
that like Us you have been chosen to serve Us, you will
do your duty to God and country, lest your conscience
condemn you."

Speeches delivered by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie Ist Emperor of Ethiopia on various occasions - page 3 -

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