Pres. Weah Encourages Liberians In Cote d’Ivoire To Return Home
President George MannehWeah has called on Liberians residing in neighboring La Cote d’Ivoire to return home and contribute to the rebuilding of their nation.
“We believe that there is a need for all Liberians to go back home if they see the need to do so,” said the Liberian leader when he addressed Liberian citizens living in that sisterly country Thursday.He vowed to accommodate those returning home, something he said is in support of his administration’s Pro-Poor Agenda which provides for the participation of all, including the rich, poor and middle-class.
The Liberian leader extolled them for conducting themselves in a civil and respectful manner, recounting assertions by his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara that, “Liberians here in Cote d’Ivoire are very respectful; they have not given us any problem.”
The Ivorian leader then vowed to ensure that Liberians residing in that country are at all times accommodated by his government.
Meanwhile, President Weah has urged Liberians both home and abroad to stop stereotyping and discriminating against certain Diaspora Liberians by referring to them as ‘zogos’ and ‘downtrodden’.
The Liberian Chief Executive defined Diaspora as people who are scattered, declaring, “Those of you living here in Cote d’Ivoire are not scattered people, so stop calling yourselves Diasporas as doing so will make people to look differently at you.”
He attributed the country’s 14 years of civil war to the attribution of names such as “growna’, ‘country,’ congo” which he wants Liberians to avoid.
While in Cote d’Ivoire, President Weah held bi-lateral discussions with Ivorian President Ouattara, and was honored by the traditional chiefs of Cote d’Ivoire who also gave him the name “Etoile.”