Editorial: Pres. Weah Underscores Peace, Democracy And Development
PRESIDENT GEORGE MANNEH Weah denounced, in the strongest terms, the violence allegedly perpetrated by the CDC-COP, a group many see as an auxiliary of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). Speaking in his capacity as the Founding Father of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), President Weah made it clear that there is no such group as “Coalition for Democratic Change-Council of Patriots (CDC-COP)” in their organization, and that if anyone decides to join them the individual becomes a partisan of peace, democracy and development. “Violence is totally unacceptable,” President Weah disclosed.
PRESIDENT WEAH MADE the declaration on Monday, August 1, 2022 in reaction to the brutal attack on protesters from the University of Liberia-based Student Unification Party (SUP) on Independence Day, July 26, 2022. The attack has been condemned by peace-loving citizens from a cross section of the Liberian society.
THE PRESIDENT MANDATED the Ministry of Justice and the entire national security apparatus to immediately arrest all those involved in the violent incident on July 26, 2022 and ensure that they face the full weight of the law. He also instructed the Minister of Health to ensure that all those who sustained injuries during the violent attack are given the best medical treatment at the expense of the government.
MAINTAINING HIS ANTI-VIOLENCE position, President Weah underscored, “I have stressed in all my public engagements the need to maintain the hard-earned peace that we now enjoy. This is a cause for which I have lent personal sacrifice—as an Ambassador of peace. So, if you claim to love me or follow my political ideology, you cannot do so with violence. Anyone or group that has my image on a banner in support of me and my government has to be peaceful, respectful and tolerant. You cannot support a man of peace by being violent.
“LIBERIA REMAINS A country of law. Despite our political differences, we are one nation, one people united under God’s command,” President Weah maintained.