The ongoing wahala between Nimba county senator Prince Y. Johnson and the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change has received a thoughtful reaction from the Liberian government through the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism (CDC). Speaking to the media on February 9, 2023 at the regularly scheduled press conference of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism in Monrovia, Minister Ledgerdhood Rennie stated that President George Weah would not keep quiet on certain issues before the general and presidential elections in 2023, particularly the unfavorable criticism and lies from the opposition community.
President George Weah’s statement that “If you talk your own; he will talk his own” was quoted by Minister Rennie as describing the beauty of democracy. He noted that as a person, the president has the freedom to respond to matters in a positive or negative way; doing so does not violate state law. Minister argued that the CDC administration is not interested in threatening citizens, particularly for voicing their opinions on important national problems. The head of the ministry of information asserted that although the opposition has frequently threatened the CDC government, it has maintained a high level of political tolerance throughout the years.
He also emphasized the importance of maintaining the calm before the elections in 2023. The head of the communication arm of government warns politicians from agitating youth as the nation prepares to participate in the vital Presidential and Legislative elections scheduled for October 2023. Minister Rennie argues that since violence should not be a strategy for the elections, it is important to warn young people against falling prey to political manipulation. He pointed out that candidates running in the upcoming elections must focus on spreading good ideas. Minister Rennie announced that President George Weah will depart Liberia in March 2023 to attend the United Nations Africa Democracy Submit in the United States of America.
Reported by: Joseph N. Kerkula