Agent of positive change?
President George Manneh Weah has promised Liberians that he will be an agent of positive change. In his inaugural address as Liberia’s 24th president Monday afternoon, 22 January in Paynesville, Mr. Weah humbly thanked Liberians for the trust and hope put in him as their President.
The former soccer legend – turned politician succeeded former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female President who has completed two six years terms that began in 2006.
Mr. Weah expressed joy and pride in the solidarity by friends from across the world that joined Liberians in celebrating a truly historic moment for Liberia.
Soccer and movie joined several African heads of state and former presidents at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville where Mr. Weah’s inauguration took place.
Tens of thousands Liberians graced the event that has never happened since the last time in 1944.
“I am overwhelmed with the crowd and the energy here today, and I guarantee you, when we finish, there will not be a winning or a losing side; Today, we all wear the jersey of Liberia, and the victory belongs to the people, to peace, and to democracy,” President Weah told an ecstatic audience.
President Weah promised to do everything in his power to be the agent of positive change but noted that it cannot be done alone. He called on the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Vice President Taylor, the Legislature and Judiciary to work with his government to create and pass essential laws that are needed to complete the foundation of this nation.
President Weah said together, “we owe our citizens clarity on fundamental issues such as the land beneath their feet, freedom of speech, and how national resources and responsibilities are going to shift from this capital to the counties.”
He said the people expect better cooperation and more action from their government, adding that “we can do better, together.”
He said Liberians have reached an important milestone in the never-ending journey for freedom, justice, and democracy; a search that has remained central to their history as a nation