-Political Pressure Group Chides Weah, Says He Lacks Understanding
By Mark B. Newa
A local political pressure group, Economic Freedom Fighter of Liberia (EFFL)
has cautioned that recent pronouncement by President George M. Weah calling for amendment of the country`s constitution to accommodate people of non-negro descent is not only a bad amendment, it is flawed and unrealistic.
In an official response to annual message of President George Manneh Weah on January 29, 2018, the group informed the President that his view and understanding of the constitution is flawed, unrealistic, unfortunate, and totally out of the spirit of Pan Africanism.
“For too long Liberia and other African countries have struggled against foreign domination and as such has cemented special ties with African countries for co-existence.”
In a statement issued Wednesday in Monrovia, the group`s commander-in-chief, Emmanuel Gonquoi indicated the founders and forefathers of this republic established this land as the original homes of Africans and Negros only, and not those Lebanese, Indians, Chinese who are abusing our sisters and brothers in their supermarkets and stores on the daily basis.
“Fellow Liberia, as if Insulting, molesting and denigrating our citizens by these people are not enough, our president is calling on us to grant the Lebanese citizenship as a token of gratitude for using our country as their incomes drilling machines,” EFFL statement added.
Flanked by colleagues draped in green berets, Gonquoi said even as terrible as former President Sirleaf might have been perceived, at no point did she endeavor to enslave us by giving our land to the Lebanese and Indians through citizenship.
It can be recalled that the constitution review committee did an extensive consultation with our people across Liberia, and such devilish proposal of making white people citizens was vehemently rejected.
He further pointed out that South Africa, Zimbabwe, Djibouti and other African countries are still grappling with the effects of white man’s citizenship.
The group further indicated that with recent statement coming from President Weah, the EFFL said it is concerned about the president’s sense of patriotism and loyalty to the state and its people.
He stressed that President Weah is also on record for saying that “in the cause of the people, the struggle must end”. “The EFFL believes this statement is not only selfish, ungrateful, and falls beneath any scrutiny of logical reasoning.”
“How can you become intoxicated so soon with the comfort of the presidency that you have immediately forgotten what our struggling mothers, brothers and sisters are going through on a daily basis? Oh! Is it because you have achieved your goal of becoming president so their plights, struggles and suffering no longer matters to you? How have you changed what started the struggle in the first place?”
According to EFFL, as the prices of local commodities are still galloping, he has not been been able to do the simplest of paying civil servants; yet he had the audacity to call for the end of the struggle.
“President Weah how can you be such an ingrate in a relatively short period? Mr. Weah, we can assure you, that it is only your struggle for power that have ended, but the struggle for a better living condition of our people will continue,” EFFL warned.
“Yes! Your struggle for ill-gotten wealth may have ended Mr. President, but we will continue the struggle for Liberian to take charge of our country’s economy. We will continue the struggle for equitable distribution of the country’s resources to all Liberians, and just Liberians, not your Lebanese kinds of Liberians, Mr. President,” the group statement added.
“Moving forward, the encourage Mr. Weah to focus on designing programs and agendas that will enable Liberians to own concessions in our country, agriculture has proven to be the engine of growth in many economies. We therefore cautioned the president to pay keen attention to developing mechanized farming for food security and greater employment for the over 90 percent unemployed youth who in fact voted him to power,” the statement maintained.
“Few weeks ago,” the group added, “the president honored the calls of the constitution Article 58 which states that the president shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report on the state of the republic. In presenting the economic condition of the republic, the report shall cover expenditure as well as income.” that’s according to the law.”
“In recognition of the President’s right to discharge this constitutional function assigned to him, the EFFL takes serious exception to the under nourished manner in which Mr. Weah proceeded.”
“In what the EFFL term as an hour long narration of a bedtime tale, Mr. Weah exhausted sufficient time of our legislators and foreign friends dabbling in clichés and irreversible errors, thereby leaving behind the key puzzles confronting the state, the economy, healthcare, youth unemployment, agriculture, sanitation ect. Only to bring forth what was proposed to him in secret meetings by his foreign friends and campaign sponsors called the “Weah’s all Mighty Dual Citizenship”.
The quoted the president as saying “the framer of the 1847 constitution may have had every reason and justifications to include these restrictions in that historic document. The great objective of forming these colonies were meant to provide a home for the depressed and oppressed children of Africa, and to regenerate and enlighten this benighted continent, none but persons of color shall be admitted that Liberia occupy today in that citizenship in the republic.”
However, EFFL maintained that here in the 21st century the group is of the view that these threats no longer exist and that these conditions have changed.
“In these circumstances, it is my view that keeping such a clause in our constitution is unnecessary, racist and inappropriate for the place that Liberia occupies in the comity of nations,” the political pressure group warned
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