Cyril Allen receives lashes

The head of the Governing Council of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change Chief Cyril Allen receives public condemnation here for derogatory comments made against former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in a recent post on social media.

Chief Allen recently posted a strongly-worded letter on social media, cautioning former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be mindful of her utterances in the wake of the missing 16 billion Liberian dollars quagmire.He spoke with a local radio station in Monrovia Wednesday, defending his comments against former President Sirleaf.

“Let her be aware of the fact that her utterances could affect the country and undermine the government. You should not think that we are weak”, he warns. But no sooner had he left the line when callers damned him and dismissed his comments, describing them as too harsh for a former stateswoman.

They note that Chief Allen’s posture was not helping the process, but bent on seeking favor from President George Manneh Weah.One caller specifically demands that Chief Allen issue an apology to Madam Sirleaf for his derogatory letter posted on social media.

“He should have engaged Madam Sirleaf, rather than behaving like a person going to rebel war”, the caller points out.Chief Allen’s post was subsequently followed by emotional outbursts spewed by President George Manneh Weah during an intercessory service on Sunday, 30 September held at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Central Church along Tubman Boulevard for his safe return home after addressing the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations.

In an apparent reaction to ex-president Sirleaf President Weah roared, “…You know GDP, but for 12 years you could not connect Doe Community with paved road; with all your GDP, you could not pay WASSCE fees for students; my government came to power and paid.”

In an interview with the BBC recently following reports of the missing moneys, the former president refuted the figure 16 billion LRD, and asked whether the current administration knew the Gross Development Product (GDP) of Liberia, and level of harm done to the country’s reputation as a result of releasing the alarming figure.

But Chief Allen notes in his post that Madam Sirleaf has demonstrated, as characteristic of her, the unchanging attitude of ingratitude, total and complete disregard for friendship, loyalty and mutual respect.
“My candid advice to you can only be said in a few words. Never you step on the tail of a loin whether it is living or dead”, said Mr. Allen, also chairman emeritus of jailed ex-president Charles Taylor’s former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP). The NPP is member of the three-party ruling Coalition for Democratic Change that brings together President Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), the National Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Liberian People Democratic Party (LPDP) of indicted ex-speaker Alex Tyler.

–Story by Jonathan Browne

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