President – Maithripala Sirisena[α]
Wear a coat in the summer. Do not spare, for you will not sweat. Where I am taking you, it is required. Tails will be good, for the formality is as thick as pudding, but what you wear is your knife. If I call you to step forth into a den of thieves, there is at times honor among thieves. You will be dressed for the occasion, and I do not say to become one of them. Do not run with them, but there is an honor for decorum and wisdom needs no justification. Flee youthful lusts, do not desire their dainties, and exercise control over your spirit, for you are a city without walls if you do not possess it. Armed men are looking for breeches… much more for open plains. It is written, even a fool when he is silent, people will think him wise. Therefore, let your yea be yea and nay be nay. All else is sin before me and man. Now you are clothed, now you are prepared, you are to be as wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove. Great commerce is poised before you and your people, and you are digging the canal that I will fill.
Prime Minister – Ranil Wickremesinghe
Waves are washing over your gunnels for the wind is contrary, but your scuppers are plugged and you’re taking on water. You’ll founder in the midst of the storm unless you free up the flow. Precious, precious to me is your cargo, and unless you order the good mates to heave to and remove the impediments, all will be lost. “What are the impediments” you say. I thought you’d never ask. Do justice for widows and orphans which you have aplenty. Their crying has reached heaven and I will come to help them in their distress. If you will not, your time is finished, for I have others who will do my bidding and show compassion. Those below who gamble away their lives and dissipate their strength on harlots must be removed. You cannot afford lechery and slackness aboard such a time as this. The winds of destiny are blowing, and they are clashing over you in the sky. The vying for men and nations is upon you, and a flinch or blink at the wrong time can cause deliverance to pass you by… to the destruction of many. Stand up and face the wind. Don’t be a sissy, take the spray and cold opinions of men and set your face like flint. Opposition will melt for they cannot withstand my purpose within you on behalf of your people. It’s not about you, it’s all about them. I will have compassion, and you can do as you will, or do as I will. Life or destruction are in your balances. Do not be found wanting.