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Minister Sirleaf calls on Bong citizens not to protest

Liberia’s Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf has called on the people of Bong County to stay away from the planned June 7 protest on grounds that it is intended to create chaos in Liberia.

He made the call over the weekend when Mr. Sirleaf paid a visit to the County and addressed a cross section of citizens.

Some citizens here mostly critics of the government have planned to protest on June 7 in an effort to draw the attention of the Liberian government to the current situation of the Country.

During the protest, they aggrieved citizens are expected to petition the government to address concerns surrounding how US$25 million was handled during a mop-up exercise, the rising foreign exchange rate and the bad state of the economy, among others.

But the Internal Affairs Minister indicates that the protest is not the right thing to do in moving the Country.

He believes that Liberians should join hands and support President George Manneh Weah as he works to make the Country better, instead of going to the streets which might result to the destruction of properties.

“My good people of Bong County, I am telling you today not to take the street to protest. We need to protect our Country instead of going to the street to protest which will not be fine for us,” he adds.
Minister Sirleaf argues that in spite of the hardship in Liberia, the government of President Weah needs not to be blamed.

According to him, President Weah alone cannot make the Liberia “we want,” suggesting that if Liberia should be better, the need for every citizen to work should not be overlooked.

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“President Weah is actually doing his best to fighting the hardship,” he continues.
Minister Sirleaf explains that Firestone Liberia wants to leave the country due to drop in the prices of rubber, but President Weah being an experienced leader, has told the company to diversify its work and engage in the planting of coco and coffee to help build the Liberian economy.

Minister Sirleaf encourages the citizens to take the Weah led – government as their own by supporting its activities so as to serve as a gateway to the nation’s development.

He states that protest will not help the people of Liberia but will only make the situation worse for the common people who do not even have food to eat.
Concluding, he urges citizens in Bong County to go back to the soil and engage in farming activities which will help put food on their tables.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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