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Gompa, Nimba County-President George M. Weah on the second leg of his nationwide county tour on Monday renewed his called against mob justice, while preaching peace and non-violence in the country.

Speaking Monday during a Town Hall meeting in Gompa, Ganta, Nimba County, President Weah echoed an earlier message in Bong County, speaking against youths violence and highlighting the importance of the current peace we enjoy and the need to maintain same.

He told the local citizens that to do so chiefs, elders and county leaders should join the chorus on preaching discipline among the youths.

The president noted that aside politics in the absence of collaboration there can be no progress, while stressing the need for leaders at the county levels regardless of which political party you belong to, to work in unity for the sake of the Liberian people.

President Weah also called upon Superintendents to give him progress reports, just as he did with his cabinet ministers.According to him, instead of complaining about what is lacking they should be able to say what they have accomplished with the little they have had.

He informed the citizens who had requested that in his review of the ArcelorMittal Steel agreement there should be some increment in the county development fund since the prices of iron ore have increased on the global market that, some adjustment is being work upon to that effect.

This follows earlier calls in Kokoya, Bong County over the weekend where the president called for peaceful resolution and dialogue to settle disagreements rather violent demonstration.

Mr. Weah told the locals in David Dean’s Town in Kokoya District, Bong County, where an incident of mob violence occurred in the latter part of 201 that “When people break the law, they have to face the full weight of the law. And nobody should think that they can pressure my government to release them from jail,” President Weah accentuated.

“Your children should learn how to dialogue.” He added saying “…If the law acquits them because they are not wrong, so help me God. But if they are wrong, they will be punished by law.”

His comments followed an appeal contained in the citizens’ petition read out at the Town Hall meeting by their local Representative Albert Hill of District #1 asking that their childrenwho violated the law be set free.

But President Weah reminded them that it is wrong for angry youths to be going around burning police stations-no matter who they are whether motorcyclists or whatever group they are.“You cannot burn down a police station.” Said Mr. Weah. “It is the same police station that try to protect you.”

The president said an attack on a police station is an attack on the state and government. “If you burn a police station, you are burning the state. It means you have no respect for your government.”“I want you to put me on record,” the President told the Bong citizens, “I am a non-violent person. Anything that is wrong, I don’t support it.”

He opined that there is a need for people to understand that civil liberty is important and that peaceful dialogue for resolution is important.

Mr. Weah whose comments went beyond the borders of Bong County said parents should warn their children who are into motorcycle transport to desist from engaging in violent acts when there is an accident.

“Your children should learn how to dialogue. If you have a child who is riding a motorbike to make money, that child should be discipline. They are driving thru cars and when there is an accident, they try to burn the bus. The people on the bus were they all driving?” the President quipped.

President Weah noted that going forward these violent behaviors will not be encouraged.
He gave an example of his son Champ, who was recently arrested in Paris, France for violating a curfew, saying he could not support him in his act of disobedient.

“Look, the other day, my son, and I hope he takes note-the other day there was curfew 3: AM, he was outside. The police arrested him. He says, he George Weah son, the people said no, you are not George Weah son. They called me. I asked him, he said I was outside. I said no Champ, you cannot be outside, and there is a curfew. So they (police) will do their work. If you are not guilty, they will let you go. Not because I am your father and I am the president of another country…-no that will not happen-even in this country that will not happen.

Meanwhile, following the Town Hall meeting in Kokoyah District #1, President Weah and delegation proceeded to District #2 in Jourquelleh to assess the condition of a child who broke her legs out of excitement to see then candidate during the 2017 Presidential campaign when the kitchen felt on her and another, a boy, injured.

The president asked the children’s guardian to bring them to town to stay with him if possible but he wants to ensure that they are cater to. By Othello B. Garblah

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