…Advises opposition politicians
President George Weah has taken exception to comments from critics of Archbishop Isaac S. Winker’s recent “prophetic statement” that those who are opposing the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government are doomed to meet the wrath of God.
He also admonished the opposition to learn from his compassion and example, beginning from 2005 to 2011, when he unsuccessfully ran twice for the presidency without agitating.
The President also cautioned Liberians against being disrespectful and hateful of one another, an Executive Mansion release has said.
According to the release, Weah made specific reference to a recent barrage of insults rained down on Archbishop Isaac S. Winker of the Dominion Christian Church over his “prophetic” assertions made a fortnight ago. President Weah stressed that parents, elderly people and national leaders deserve the respect of their people at all times.
The President bemoaned the constant habit of some citizens, including some educated persons, of continuously spewing invectives and other forms of profanities on radio and television, while children are listening and watching, adding: “I wonder whether these folks are still angry and dispirited for not being voted into power.”
“My success in life, including becoming president, is due to my love and respect for constituted authorities, for the state and fellow citizens,” he said.
The President’s statement stemmed from the almost total lack of morals as well as “unacceptable social behaviors” that are being shown by many Liberians.
According to the release, while specifically referring to the country’s youth, Weah said attitudes and behaviors towards parents, elderly people, and national leaders largely determine one’s success in life; something he said is one of the secrets for his success, including being President of Liberia.
He cautioned Liberians against indulging in hostile and intolerable behaviors that are incompatible (unsuitable, inappropriate) with acceptable social norms, particularly the tendency of showing disrespect to parents, elderly people and national leaders.
The President, according to the release, spoke Sunday, February 3, 2019, at the City Hope International Church in Oldest Congo Town.
He expressed disappointment about what he said is the spree of unprecedented disparagement and utter disrespect being shown against parents, the elderly and those in authority by some citizens, including the “so-called elites and educated persons.”
The President described as unfortunate that even people, who are calling for Liberia to be declared a Christian State, are among those disobeying the simplest commandment of the Bible regarding respect for fathers and mothers.
President Weah stressed that parents, elderly people and national leaders deserve the respect of their people at all times.
“I did not one day go on Facebook or radio stations to insult any leader or cause anyone to do so. Everyone here knows the stories from past elections,” he said.
Weah added, “Even when I was not made the preferred person, I did not rain insults on anyone, because it was not the approved time by God for me to become President of Liberia.”
He called on those bent on creating unnecessary commotion to bear in mind that power is inherent in the people, stressing, “If the people do not give you power at a particular time, it does not mean you should resort to insulting everybody, including elderly people and national leaders.”
Weah decried such deportment and appealed to Liberians to desist, learn to respect mothers and fathers, one another, as well as elderly people and national leaders, as he did for 12 years as an opposition politician.
The President thanked the leadership of City Hope Church for the honor.