COP Reinforces Call for Protest on Nov. 16

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Mulbah K. Yourgbor, Jr., Secretary General, Council of Patriots

The pressure group, Council of Patriots, says it will commence its “endless protest” on Monday, November 16, 2020 until the George M Weah administration can address some of the poor governance issues, including mismanagement of state resources and the continued fears that have engulfed the country.

Council of Patriots has been known in recent times for staging a series of protests against the Weah Administration for what it terms as “Poor governance,” an accusation that the Weah administration has denied with the President himself mentioning in one of his speeches that his government has done “Better” in a few years than any other government that had existed in Liberia.

Council of Patriots Secretary-general, Mulbah Yourgbor at a press conference on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in Monrovia, indicated that the CDC-led government is allegedly involved in broad-day theft of the country’s resources.

“We are affected by the mismanagement of our resources, including partisans and supporters of the CDC.  CDC is running a country that makes people not to associate with their party because of fear,” Yourgbor said.

On the controversial stimulus package costing the country to expend US$30 million, Mr. Yourgbor said the CDC-government makes the public to believe that food distribution was real but it is faked.

It can be recalled that the Weah-led administration, in order to address some humanitarian issues that came with the Coronavirus, announced a stimulus package for vulnerable people in communities across the country, but the impact of the distribution is yet to be felt across Montserrado County, where it began, let alone elsewhere around the country.

Yourgbor said the impending protest by the COP will show to the Weah-led administration that “enough is enough” and the Liberian people are prepared for change.

According to him, if Liberians fail to turnout in thousands, the Weah-led administration will continue on the same trajectory the vast majority of people are crying from.

He said the COP will also demand the immediate dismissal of the chairperson of the Liberia-Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), Ndubusi Nwabudike, stating “It was unfortunate for President Weah to keep a Nigerian in such a strategic place.”

Committing the COP to defending the cause of the people, Yourgbor said the pressure group will continue to stand in the gap for the Liberian people amid the huge challenges facing the country. 

“Our rights have been violated. We will ensure that the government remains accountable to the people,” he said.

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

13 COMMENTS

  1. COP founder Henrique Pedro Costa, or Henry Costa, who once threatened buying guns to bring down the administration, knows that for the past five years, or more foreign financial supports have been shoring up annual budgets. He is also not oblivious to the reality that continual business-killing protests make Liberia an unattractive destination for investors and tourists whose presence has become indispensable to ensuring recovery of an inherited severely ailing economy.

    With that foreknowledge, one would think a “patriot” should put country first, but not hm. Why should he? Costa harangued the Four Collaborative Political Parties into adopting a combative posture, which was birthed sometime in March 2019 by a threat to carry out nationwide civic action regarding a fathom LD $16 billion container. Mind you, that was immediately after thugs had burnt down a police station in Margibi territory on foolishness.

    Not surprisingly, a media space that was warned on February 28, 2019 by the international community to not promote violence didn’t pursue the LNP investigations of that arson some had described as a symbolic resistance to public order. Moreover, though terroristic murders recently claimed the lives of three auditors, and the case is ongoing, Costa must please his anti-establishment gofundme financiers even under a pandemic. CPP, do rein in Commandante Costa; let the customary pre-election protest stop. Don’t add to the potentially dangerous siege mentality in our neighborhood.

  2. I definitely knew that you would have commented in defense of the Government, that is the more reasons we or the Government of the day should encourage the existence of viable political institutions(Parties), so some of the these issues can be discussed in a political theater; but as the Government is proceeding now, it is driving away dissent, critical voices and muzzling political parties or crowding them out from the space. So, what is left is the “do not care” people who are willing to go to whatever length to exert their rights. Since Liberian leaders cannot learned from history, they will be taught over and over again.

  3. I am retelling inconvenient facts about a Mama Liberia whose Guinean and Ivorian borders have recently seen refugees crossings due to political violence at home. For crying out loud, even the U.S feels economic pinch caused by street protests and COVID-19. By the way, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Ivory Coast don’t embolden any agent provocateur benefiting financially from threats of streets’ protests; they have policing organizations which enforce their laws, and effectively use the courts to prosecute offenders. Needless to say, Costa had a taste of that experience under the UP administration.

  4. Oh yes, state actors ”not emboldening any agent provocateur benefiting financially from threats of streets’ protests” is an effective mechanism. But I really admire the Nigerian Buhari Equation used on such bastards recently.

    Ellen used it and ended her first and second terms peacefully and honorably and left a peaceful and stable nation as she relaxes now in harmony with her grand kids and great grand kids. What has come out of it, or what shall ever come out of it regarding those other ones in Nigeria the other day? NOTHING. More so a CoP notorious of violence, extortion, and lawlessness.

  5. Mr. Moses,
    Already, I believe you have turned 72yrs old. My candidate advice to you is this: Step back and enjoy the rest of your days on the face of this earth with your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The unprecedented and unexpected problems occurring and painfully facing Liberia and against the people of Liberia today, were determinatively and recklessly created and brought on Libéra and residents by Mr. George Manneh Weah and his associates that no Liberian has ever envisioned and seen in Liberia’s history.

    Samuel D. Tweah, Nathaniel McGill, Jefferson Tamba Korjee, S. Mai Gray and other cold-hearted officials of the CDC-led Government have shamelessly brought untold hardship and suffering on Liberia and residents. Mr. George Manneh Weah and his diehard friends, have turned Liberia into a criminal plantation where auditors and professional Liberians risk been abducted, tortured and murdered at their will and pleasure for just wanting to see Liberia develop and move forward.

    Anyone that dare stand-up to Mr. George Manneh Weah, Samuel D. Tweah, Nathaniel McGill, Jefferson Tamba, Koijee, S. Mai Gray and key officials in Manneh Weah-led Liberia, will be targeted, abducted, tortured and murdered under officially sponsored and and officially financed manner. In Manneh Weah-Liberia, the Crimes of Misapplication of Entrusted Property, Property Theft, Capital Flight, Money Laundering and the Crime of Economic Sabotage or just pure and uncontrolled stealing has undeniably become the culture and order of the day and established in Manneh Weah-Liberia.

    Why are the followings crimes daily taking place and control of Liberia? Because Mr. Manneh Weah and his diehard associates are running Liberia to get rich quick and from top to bottom, Mr. Weah and his friends are determined to harvest Million of United States like any Liberian has seen before in Liberia’s most history.

    Just look and see in not more than 4yrs in the history of Mr. Manneh Weah and his rule in Liberia, the following astute and professional Liberians have been abducted, tortured and murdered under suspicious, strange and unexplained manner:

    1. Emmanuel Kollie, an Engineer died suspiciously.
    2. Mathew Innis, a Banker at Central Bank, died an unexplained death and dumped off alongside.
    3. Mr. Albert K. Peters, an Auditor, abducted, tortured and murdered under mysterious condition.
    4. Mrs. Gifty A. Lama, Tax Manager, abducted, tortured and in an unexplained manner.
    5. Mr. George F. Fahnboto, an Auditor, abducted, tortured and gruesome manner. and,
    6. Mr. Emmanuel B. Nyesuwa, Director of Internal Audit, targeted, attacked and murdered in his one house in a heartless and cold-hearted manner.

    Why are there so many evil and heinous crimes being committed in George Manneh Weah-led Liberia?

    Because George Manneh Weah and his friends are not interested in governing Liberia, but stealing from Liberia.

    Like Mr. George Manneh Weah, the Council of Patriots COP, is not good for Liberia. This so-called pressure group is owned and controlled by Benoni Wilfred Urey, a well known National Front Operative and partner in crime with Mr. Charles G. Taylor, turned wealthy business Guru after stealing Liberia’s money.

    The COP, is meaningly managed and controlled by Mr. Urey to secure and protect himself and his stolen riches. COP is run and managed by wheelers and dealers who former relationship with Mr. Weah turned bad and they have now become pure blackmailers running the streets of Liberia after Liberia’s resources and revenues, if and when Mr. Weah and his CDC-led Government are gone.

    Cop is there to simply running after Liberia’s monies.

    Since Liberia’s opposition is totally weak and unorganized and the level of criminality in Manneh Weah-Liberia has risen to uncontrollable proportion COP, has become relevant in poverty/stricken Liberia.

    The Liberian Revenue Authority and Ministry of Finance and Development, the National Port Authority, RIA and other Money Making Agencies are simply Weah’s Money Pot from whence all kind of private accounts established and Liberia’s monies are transferred.

    Liberia and residents, need to blame Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for leaving Liberia into dangerous hands.

    You in your rightful mind, cannot afford to defend Mr. Weah and his cold-hearted Government while Liberia suffer and our people daily.

    Liberia’s opposition political parties, not just speaking to CPP, all opposition political parties in Liberia, need to swiftly come together, create a common front, put Liberia first, and rid Liberia of Manneh Weah and his gang of thieves and incapables.

    Liberia and our people are suffering and deeply troubled.

    Only Liberians can protect Liberia and move her foward.

    NO LIBERIAN CAN AFFORD TO SIT THIS OUT!

  6. Frederick Jayweh, if your copious rubbish MADE ANY SENSE, WHY would such headlines ORIGINATING FROM THE NEW MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION (MCC), AND TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL infra be so tangible in the air regarding the FAR FAR FAR LESS CORRUPTION, dynamism and the sine qua non of good governance …THE RULE OF LAW UNDER THE GEORGE WEAH AND HIS PEOPLES ORIENTED GOVERNMENT OF THE COALITION OF DEMOCRATIC CNAHGE?

    (1)New Millennium Challenge Compact Scorecard Shows Improvement in Rule of Law in Liberia

    MONROVIA – Liberia has made improvements in the ensuring rule of law and gender in economy, according to the new Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) scorecard expected to be released on Monday.

    The MCC Compacts are based on the principle that the U.S. assistance is more effective in countries that have adopted policies promoting an environment for economic growth and poverty reduction. Every year, MCC publishes scorecards for all candidate countries, including countries such as Liberia with already signed, ongoing compacts. The scorecard assesses performance in three policy categories: ruling justly, investing in people, and encouraging economic freedom.

    (FPA LEADING INVESTIGATING NEWS OUTLET ON THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA)

    (2) Liberia Less Corrupt Under Weah-led Government
    MONROVIA – The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has drawn up a comparison from data attained from Transparency International’s 10th Global Corruption Barometer capturing the corruption index of 2019 which shows that corruption in Liberia was minimized in 2019 compared to its soaring heights in 2015 when Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was President.

    overall bribery rate under the Sirleaf’s regime was at 69 percent compared to 53 percent under George Weah’s leadership.

    Has corruption increased rate under the CDC-led government in 2019 was at 47 percent compared to the 73 percent in 2015 under the Unity Party.

    Transparency International further concluded that only 6 percent of respondents in 2015 believed that corruption had decreased while 14 percent of respondents in 2019 held the belief that corruption has decreased.

    The corruption perception index among officials of government stood at 70 percent in 2015 but dropped to 49 percent in 2019.

    CULLED FROM FRONTPAGEAFRICAONLINE AND THE WEBSITES OF THE TWO INTEGRITY INSTITUTIONS OR INTERNATIONAL ACTORS (TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL AND MCC) AFOREMENTIONED!

  7. Good for you and your associates! You and other apologists of Mr. Weah and his Government may keep on writing and publishing nonsenses and total trash! I am certainly you know what is happening. But you and your fellow apologists, wish to keep on telling lies and misrepresenting the truth?

  8. Liberians and Friends of Liberia, the Republic of Liberia is troubled.

    Come what may, today, the unprecedented and unexpected problems occurring and painfully facing Liberia and Liberia’s people are disappointingly and rashly created and brought on Liberia and residents by Mr. George Manneh Weah and his associates; problems that no Liberian has ever experienced and seen in Liberia’s recent and troubled history. Everywhere, Liberians are traumatized and overcome by well-founded uncertainties and fears.

    Samuel D. Tweah, Nathaniel McGill, Jefferson Tamba Korjee, S. Mai Gray, and other known cold-hearted officials of the CDC-led Government have brazenly brought untold hardship and grief on Liberia and residents. Mr. George Manneh Weah and his diehard friends have turned Liberia into a criminal plantation where auditors and professional Liberians risk been abducted, tortured, and murdered at their will and pleasure for just wanting to see Liberia develop and move forward on the domestic and international stage. Staying quiet and remaining discreet will not solve the countless problems faced by Liberia and residents.

    Any Liberian that dares stand-up to Mr. George Manneh Weah, Samuel D. Tweah, Nathaniel McGill, Jefferson Tamba, Koijee, S. Mai Gray, and other key officials in Manneh Weah-led Liberia will be targeted, abducted, tortured, and murdered under an officially sponsored and officially financed manner. The Crimes of Misapplication of Entrusted Property, Property Theft, Capital Flight, Money Laundering, and the Crime of Economic Sabotage or just pure and unrestrained stealing has undeniably become the culture and order of the day and firmly being established in Mr. George Manneh Weah-led Liberia. Liberians are caged in their own country.

    Why are the following crimes daily taking place in Liberia and seized control of Liberia and residents? Because Mr. Manneh Weah and his diehard associates are running Liberia to get rich quick and from top to bottom, Mr. Weah and his friends are categorically determined to harvest Million of United States dollars that no Liberian has ever seen in Liberia’s troubled history.

    Just look and see in not less than 4yrs of Mr. George Manneh Weah and his rule in Liberia, the following astute, professional and committed Liberians were cold-heartedly abducted, tortured, and murdered under totally suspicious, strange, and unexplained manner:

    1. Emmanuel Kollie, an Engineer assigned at Public Works, died suspicious death.

    2) Mathew Innis, a banker at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), died an unexplained death and dumped off along the roadside near his home and before his family members.

    3) Mr. Albert K. Peters, an Auditor employed at Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), was abducted, tortured, and murdered under mysterious condition.

    4) Mrs. Gifty A. Lama, Tax Manager employed at Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) was abducted, tortured, and murdered in strange and unexplained manner.

    5) Mr. George F. Fahnboto, another Auditor employed at Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), was attacked, axed and murdered in such a gruesome and unexplained manner. And,
    6), Emmanuel B. Nyesuwa, Director of Internal Audit, was targeted, attacked, and murdered in his own house by heartless and cold-hearted criminals.

    Why are there so many evil and heinous crimes being committed in George Manneh Weah-led Liberia and on the WATCH of Mr. George Manneh Weah and his disappointing Government?

    Mr. George Manneh Weah and his friends are undeniably not interested in governing Liberia but stealing from Liberia and its people on a day-by-day basis.

    Like Mr. George Manneh Weah, the Council of Patriots CoP is not suitable for Liberia. This so-called pressure group is owned and controlled by Benoni Wilfred Urey, a well-known National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) ‘s Operative and partner in crime with Mr. Charles G. Taylor, turned wealthy business Guru after stealing Liberia’s money at Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA)

    The CoP is menacingly managed and controlled by Mr. Urey to secure and protect himself and his stolen riches. The CoP is run and managed by wheelers and dealers whose former relationship with Mr. Weah turned terrible. They have now become pure blackmailers running the streets of Liberia and after Liberia’s resources and revenues; if and when Mr. Weah and his CDC-led Government are gone. The CoP is there to merely running after Liberia’s monies.

    Since Liberia’s opposition is so feeble and unorganized and the level of criminality in Manneh Weah-Liberia has risen to uncontrollable proportion, the COP has become somehow relevant in poverty stricken Liberia. The Liberian Revenue Authority and Ministry of Finance and Development, the National Port Authority NPA), Roberts International Airport (RIA), and other key Money Making Agencies in Liberia are set-aside as Weah’s Money Pot from whence all kinds of private accounts are established and Liberia’s monies are daily transferred. Liberia and residents need to blame Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf for leaving Liberia into dangerous hands.

    No one in his rightful mind can afford to defend Mr. Weah and his cold-hearted Government while Liberia and residents suffer and die daily and live in Liberia under uncertainty and well-founded and total fear.
    Liberia’s opposition political parties, I am not just speaking to CPP as a group. I am addressing all opposition political parties in Liberia. They need to swiftly come together, create a common front, put Liberia first, and rid Liberia of Manneh Weah and his gang of thieves and incapables. Liberia and our people are suffering and deeply troubled and traumatized by Mr. Weah and his Government.

    Only Liberians can protect Liberia and move Liberia and residents’ interests forward.

    ABSOLUTELY, no Liberian can afford to sit this out while Liberia and lives are destroyed at-will in Liberia!

  9. The lawyerly rant is bereft of logic, for crying out loud. First, you suggested that at 72 yrs I should be silent, because of my commitment to stability which some mistook for partisanship. Second, after shredding the COP’s agenda, you implied its avowed resistance must be embraced to dislodge JMW. Lest you forget, 56% of voters elected him thus to undo that – wait for 2023.

    • President Dr. George Manneh Weah earned 61.5 percent of the vote, compared to 38.5 percent for his opponent, Joseph Boakai. Not 56 percent, but 61.5 percent.

  10. Mr. Moses, for a Frederick Jayweh who has absolutely no idea about the legal concepts
    of unreasonable doubt and reasonable doubt in criminal litigation, nor can he differentiate the myriad evidences, hence has said that ”A PERCEIVED DOUBT or actual doubt makes it impossible for prosecutors to prove guilt or innocence or for judges to acquit or convict”, of course, not only his rant, but also, whatever utterances from him, are bound to be ”bereft of logic”, as you have effortlessly seen here in his expected rants!

    For such a dummy, acquittal simply means innocence, and not that any doubts on the part of the prosecutors or the judges were or are unreasonable doubts. It is really embarrassing that my fellow Liberian claiming to be a lawyer does not have such very common or simple epistemological erudition!!!!

  11. Mr. Moses,

    Let me again to publicly say happy belated 72nd birthday. I was hoping you could permit me to restate the position I raised. The CoP and brainchild of Mr. Benoni Wilfred Urey would not be around and so visible if the environment of criminality associated with the Weah-led Liberia only were not so high and troubling on the WATCH of Mr. George Manneh Weah. The Cop, a false and irrelevant group in nature, form, and context, would have never been around if Mr. Manneh Weah and his Government were not running Liberia like a private farm and criminal plantation. Good governance and responsibility to the people have nothing to do with stealing to get rich quick and watching astute and professional Liberian abducted, tortured, and murder in the space of 8 days at the will and pleasure of certain people.

    The Laws of Liberia provide room for a Liberian or group of Liberians to assemble and protest.

    While CoP appears to represent a pressure group, the CoP, is owned and purposefully operated by Mr. Benoni Wilfred Urey to protect himself, his property, and the money he, Urey looted from Liberia during his days with the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and acted as a key operative and partner-in-crime with Mr. Charles G. Taylor. As a creature of the law and holding a strong commitment to the Legal Profession, I clearly understand and appreciate Liberia’s Constitution and its authoritative approval giving Liberians the right to protest. Realistically, the CoP is not a relevant and legitimate group since its sole intent and purpose is to shield and protect Mr. Urey to the disadvantage of Liberia.

    To every well-meaning Liberian, the CoP is terrible for Liberia and not a suitable replacement of Mr. Weah and is Government. Mathematically, CoP + Weah-led Liberia = 0

    To every diehard apologist of Mr. Manneh Weah and is Government, every evil and wrong done in George Manneh Weah-Liberia, is certainly great and pleasing. Everything done by Mr. Weah to you, is logical

    Please keep up your support and ardent commitment, this will help to keep your paymaster happy.

    At age 72, some ill-gotten CASH from Liberia no matter its illegality is obvious and wonderful!

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