Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, slamming what he sees as a blame-game directed against former President Sirleaf, has questioned the consciences of President George Weah and his Vice President, Jewel Howard Taylor for resorting to such tactics.
He said that while they criticized ills and corruption allegedly carried out by the past administration of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, they are now in charge of the country and therefore should be correcting those ills.
“George Weah and Jewel Howard-Taylor were in the Senate with CDC holding the singular largest block in the House of Representatives. CDC cried during the Ellen/UP-led administration that ‘Ellen Government passed 68 investment agreements but only two met the best standards of law.’ Funny!!” Senator Dillon wrote in a post on his Facebook page.
Senator Dillon, who once served as a special Office Chief of Staff to Vice President Taylor while she was Senator of Bong County during the first term of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, went further to state: “When Ellen became President, she insisted the Firestone and Mittal Steel agreements needed review. She took the bull by the horn and reviewed said agreements and made amendments for the better. She did not cry; and did not shift blames all day and night. That’s leadership and courage!!”
In his comments posted on June 18, 2020, Senator Dillon, whose popularity is among the ordinary people rather than his colleagues in the Legislature, further indicated, “Interestingly, CDC now rules the country with George Weah and Jewel Howard-Taylor at the top of Government. They have the power and the authority to order, cause review or revocation of said ’66 bogus’ agreements which they passed during the Ellen-led administration.”
By these observations, Senator Dillon hit further, “But the Weah/CDC-led regime lacks the balls; spineless! They simply choose to cry and shift blames all day and night; and they expect people to sit and cry alongside them!”
Up to press time yesterday, the Senator’s post had met 435 likes and other forms of affirmative reactions and over 50 comments of support. The comments were mostly in consonance with his idea expressed.
However, other comments debunked his post and described him as a “Hypocrite” propagating lies and speaking what he is not able to do.
In one comment, Dillon, who his followers described as “Light,” was referred to as “Chinese light,” which will soon go off because the position he occupies now is a vacation job that a candidate of the Coalition for Democratic Change will soon take away from him.
In a rebuttal, another comment challenged the above and called for presentation of a candidate on the social media platform to see whether or not the person matches Senator Dillon, their choice.
“Up to now, no one has come out to show [himself] or herself. Your ticket will remain empty, and if any of your men come out, he will be beaten like a market dog,” the reaction noted.
It can be recalled that President George Weah, upon taking office in 2018, expressed during his first state of the nation address that his administration was taking over a ‘broke’ economy; the statement that former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf debunked and said her administration left US$150 million in Liberia’s reserve.
Over time, the Weah Administration has complained of lacking the financial support to run the country, and supporters have attributed the menace to alleged looting of the country by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration. However his critics have slammed such complaints terming them as unacceptable excuse. They charge that President Weah had and still has the opportunity to review the said bogus concession agreements as well as to call President Sirleaf to account for her stewardship.
According to them he has failed to do so owing to his inaugural promise to protect her interests but more so out of fear of being exposed for his alleged links to the disappearance of the 16bn Liberian dollar banknotes, citing his failure to compel former CBL governor, Nathaniel Patray to grant access to investigators to do a physical count of money held in the CBl’s vaults.
Meanwhile, and contrary to public speculations and expectations, there has so far been no official reaction from the government neither from the CDC on Senator Dillon’s comments which have is seemingly provoking intense public debate.