President George Manneh Weah has received a rousing welcome on his return from the 73rd United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, the United States of America, his first as sitting president of Liberia.
The gathering at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County early Sunday morning, 30 September was peaceful with no sign of protest observed by this paper in spite of the huge multitude of supporters that assembled in high enthusiasm to welcome Mr. Weah.
With heavy security presence, hundreds of supporters from his ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), government officials, students, cultural troupes, traditional people and so many other organizations assembled to receive Mr. Weah in a heroic welcome.
The gathering of the huge crowd of supporters on Sunday was in response to a demonstration here last Monday September 24, by the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia or EFFL demanding that a missing container with 16 billion Liberian bank notes amounting to US104 million be returned.
Mr. Weah’s supporters were conveyed to and from the airport in scores of long buses and other private and government owned vehicles as jubilant citizens lined up along the road in towns along the highway, waving to the returning president.
In their different groups and organizations, jubilant citizens carried banners with different inscriptions on them welcoming the president. Most of the people welcoming the president had been at the airport since the early
morning hours of Sunday up to 3:17 pm when the flight conveying President Weah landed at RIA and received a triumphant applause and cheers.
An intercessory service was held at the Dominion Christian Fellowship in Congo Town upon Mr. Weah’s arrival on Sunday from the UN General Assembly. At the Church, prayers were offered by the Clergy for God to grant President Weah the wisdom to confront challenges and take independent decisions that will sustain the peace and bring development here.
The church was flooded again during the service in the afternoon with a multitude of supporters and dignitaries, some of whom had been at the airport since the early morning hours of Sunday. Addressing the audience at the Church, Mr. Weah expresses thanks to regional bloc ECOWAS, EU and the US Embassy in Monrovia for their works in organizing his trip to the UN General Assembly.
Mr. Weah says he and his delegation went to the UN to make sure that the body and the international community are assured that his government is ready to work and give account of everything done in this administration.
He repeatedly stresses on development of roads in his administration to enable Liberians move about without hindrance. According to him, everything he did at the UN and his recent trip at the Forum on China – Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was done in the interest of Liberia.
He announces that programs and good policies have been put in place to ensure that development is achieved here and the country is moved forward.
By Winston W. Parley-Editing by Othello B. Garblah