In what seems like a disclaimer on Sunday June 10, President George Weah told the people of Bong County that at no time he rained insults at former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf during days his days in opposition to the former ruling Unity Party.
“My days as member of the opposition [were] not like what I am seeing today. I never insulted the former President like the way people are all over here insulting me. If I [were] here insulting the President, I would not have been given a Peace Ambassador title,” President Weah said Sunday, 10 June in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The president’s disclaimer comes amidst the recent spite of criticisms and insults against the Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC government, something that has caught his prompting him to issue said disclaimer.
Speaking to a cross section of citizens in Gbarnga, President Weah said opposition political parties in Liberia do not critically engage issues that affect Liberians. Instead, he accuses opposition political parties of throwing insults at those in leadership, telling them that it is not the best way to seek good governance in a democratic country like Liberia.
According to him, during the leadership of ex- President Sirleaf, he used to speak to issues of importance but not to waste his time on things that will not benefit the local citizens.
President Weah states that every government should expect constructive criticisms to move on, but warns that negative criticism destroys the work of every government.
However, the president called on opposition political parties to join his team in ensuring the success of his government. He says even those from the opposition doubted that he would ever become President of Liberia, it is now time that they all come to work together because their plans have failed.
Mr. Weah vows to work for the Liberian people by continuing from where the past government stopped. He says his government will not be wasteful by destroying projects the past government initiated, but promises to continue from where they ended, saying it is it is the best thing a leader should do.
He promises to ensure road connectivity across the country, noting that when roads are built in Liberia, the common people, especially marketers will not suffer.
By Joseph Titus yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley