Weah’s Patience Running Out
-Issues Presidential Ultimatum To Former Officials
Perhaps, those who think that President George Manneh Weah is too soft and lacks the political will to make things happen rapidity, and are trying to use his patience to ignore presidential instructions must have a second thought.
Recently, prior to his three-Nation trip, Pres. Weah urged all former officials to release government vehicles in their possession; some have reportedly responded to the mandate yet others are refusing or defying the orders.
But it appears that time is not in their favor and further delay could cost them much as the President has issued what could be considered a final ultimatum to turn over all government vehicles still in their possession. Upon arrival in Liberia over the weekend, the President issued a two-week ultimatum to former officials to hand over in all government’s vehicles in their possessions.
Pres. Weah released latest ultimatum Friday, February 23rd, following his return from Paris, France, where he had fruitful discussions with his counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.
Before departing for Paris, he had earlier made stops in Dakar, Senegal and Rabat, Morocco, where he also had bilateral discussions with leaders of those nations.
The President returned Friday and an intercessory service was held in his honor at the Dominion Church along the Tubman Boulevard.
It was at the service that the President Weah warned former officials of Government to turn over all government vehicles in their possession.
The President accused some of these former officials of damaging the vehicles and or stealing them while others were hiding the vehicles in bushes and warned that government will go for those vehicles if they don’t honorably return them.
Pres. Weah said: “Our government is having problem and these are just simple problems. People who worked with the former government are hiding and scraping vehicles they used in the past government.”
“They are stealing all the cars leaving this new government with the burden to buy new vehicles. What is car that you cannot be honorable enough to leave behind?
“All of you who took government properties, you have two weeks to bring them back if not, we will come for them. You have two weeks.”
“We have to be true to our government. I am glad that I am saying it in a church. You got two weeks or we will come for them to be used for the benefit of our country.”
Perhaps, preempting critics who might see his action as witch-hunting, the President declared that “We don’t want people to start to accuse us of witch-hunting and the best thing to do, is to bring government properties back. I am not a professor. I am a practical person.”
“I am not here to make the news but to make an impact if I am given the chance.”
Calming the fears of Liberians that he has turned his back on the United States of America, Pres. Weah acknowledged that the US is and will remain Liberia’s traditional friend and in the coming days, he hoped to pay a visit to the U.S.“Our friend and big brother, the United States will soon call us”.
“They are our partners; we will soon be going to them and we want to maintain our partnership with America in the interest of our government. “
He blamed cynics who believe that Liberia has benefited nothing from their long existing friendship with the U.S.
According to him, the U.S. government has always assisted Liberia but past governments failed to make these benefits have trigger down effects on the lives of the ordinary Liberians.
“There is no way you can suggest that the U.S. is our problem. America is our ally and France is America’s ally so, the friends of America are our friends.”
“How can we blame America, when we have failed to manage billions of dollars given to this country by America? Why do we want to blame people when we are in charge? Let us change our attitude. Everything that comes is for the Liberian people.”
“We want to succeed and we want Liberians to succeed. W we want our people to benefit so we cannot blame America, China, and France for our setback”.
Meanwhile, the President cautioned officials of his government, who have being given the opportunity to serve to do it with due diligence”.
“Those of you with the opportunity to serve, you need to do due diligence and for Liberia to change we must change our attitude.”