The growing political tension persisting in Liberia appears to be awakening Liberia’s past leaders from their comfort zones as they have begun providing counselling to President George Manneh Weah and his officials, while efforts are reportedly being made behind the scenes to quell a pending June 7 protest.
The Executive Mansion here says immediate past President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf and her former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai at different dates, met President Weah last week and critical national issues were discussed.
Earlier on Capitol Hill last week, ex-Senate Pro – Tempore Cletus Wotorson similarly met with the Liberian Senate, cautioning it to take on its role as House of Elders and help to calm the tension in the country.
President Weah’ regime is being pressured by critics and opposition members to address the economic woes here, allegations of corruption, doubt over the handling of a controversial US$25m mop – up exercise and other issues for which a protest is being planned for June 7.
In the midst of the growing tension in the country, the Executive Mansion says President Weah welcomed and hosted his immediate past predecessor, Madam Sirleaf on Friday, 3 May at his Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia In a release issued following the meeting of the two statespersons, the Executive Mansion indicates that the meeting was in President Weah’s continued endeavor to open his administration to diverse views and counsels from a broad-spectrum of the national mosaic.
The Executive Mansion reveals that President Weah and ex-President Sirleaf both discussed a range of critical national issues during her courtesy visit to share perspectives on prevailing developments in the country.They discussed how to sustain the gains made over the years and to preserve the democratic space, the Executive Mansion says.
President Weah emphasized his government’s commitment to promoting national development, peace, reconciliation, unity and growth at every sector of the Liberian society.
According to the Executive Mansion, he assured his predecessor that he would continue regular dialogues with eminent persons as well as ordinary Liberians as a way of ensuring that every citizen’s view is factored in his governance agenda.
The visit of the former President came two days following a similar courtesy call on President Weah by former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.—Press release