President for building
happy and prosperous Bangladesh
February 15, 2009)
President Zillur Rahman today urged all
irrespective of parties and opinions for
building a prosperous Bangladesh by
upholding the democratic process with
the spirit of the War of Liberation.
"We have to work together, leaving
behind all stigma and failures of the
past to build our beloved motherland as
a prosperous country with the spirit of
the War of Liberation," he said while
delivering his welcome speech to the
officials and staffs of Bangabhaban at
the onset of his office today.
He sought cooperation
from the countrymen and the government
in discharging his responsibilities as
the President saying, "Our main struggle
will be against starvation, poverty and
illiteracy as well as injustice and
It is the time to institutionalize
democracy that flourished now after
experiencing ups and downs, he said
adding parliament would be the centre to
discuss all national issues.
Terming Bangladesh as a country of
immense potentials, the President said
that it is endowed with huge human
resources, bonds of communal harmony and
rich cultural heritage. We need to turn
Bangladesh into a self-respectful
country to materialize Bangabandhu's
Sonar Bangla by utilizing these
invaluable resources, he added.
"You all know that daughter of
Bangabandhu Sheikh Hasina declared a
charter of change to build an
information technology based prosperous
Bangladesh," he said adding "I hope, we
will able to achieve the goal with
The main objective of the War of
Liberation was to build a happy and
prosperous Bangladesh, but it could not
be attained even after 38 years of
independence, he said.
"The path of democracy was not so smooth
and the desired development was hindered
again and again, and our self-esteem and
dignity as a nation was tarnished," said
He expressed his gratitude to the Prime
Minister and members of parliament for
electing him as the Head of the State.
Terming Bangabhaban as the highest
institution of the country, President
Zillur Rahman said it reflects the hopes
and aspirations of the nation.
He called upon the officials and staffs
of Bangabhaban to discharge their duties
with utmost sincerity and honesty so
that no one could raise any question
regarding their neutrality.
The President paid rich tributes to the
freedom fighters who laid down their
lives during the country's War of
Liberation in 1971.
He also expressed his sincere gratitude
to the architect of the Independence
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman, who materialized the
long-cherished dream of Bengali nation
through lifelong struggles and immense
The president also paid his tributes to
the language martyred as well as those
valiant sons of the soil who sacrificed
their lives in various democratic
The President started his office at
Bangabhaban today following a guard of
honour by a contingent of the President
Guard Regiment (PGR).