Eugene Nagbe: ‘I Did not Resign’

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Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe

Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has denied resigning his post, despite widespread rumors that he has tendered his resignation to President George Weah.

“I did not resign,” Minister Nagbe told the Daily Observer in a text message, responding to request for confirmation. Some blogs and websites had already published articles saying that Mr. Nagbe submitted a letter of resignation to President Weah last week, a letter the President reportedly refused to accept.

Nagbe, who is the chief spokesman of the government, had earlier told the Voice of America (VOA) and some local media outlets that there were some levels of trivialities surrounding a total of L$16 billion that were imported into the country.

Earlier on Thursday, September 20, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, describing Nagbe’s assertion as irrelevant, told an OK FM phone-in program that “no money was missing from the government’s coffers, contrary to claims by Minister Nagbe.”

“The total money printed in Liberia for the past two years is L$15 billion. It is not possible to print L$16 billion. There is no money missing, but the media keeps saying that L$16 billion is missing,” he said.

Minister Nagbe told the VOA Daybreak Africa that the current government was not in the loop (to furnish someone with sufficient relevant information and include them in the decision-making) on the money or the container.

According to Nagbe, in November 2017, the investigation determined and confirmed that a batch of banknotes was brought into the country — just before President Weah assumed office.

“Now, when the president received information about these newly-printed banknotes, he sanctioned an investigation, which is being chaired by the Ministry of Justice, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), and other security apparatus. The idea is to understand how much money came into the country, how much was ordered, how much was printed, which country printed the money, and how did it affect the country’s foreign exchange situation,” he said.

“We can confirm that the money was brought through the Freeport of Monrovia and the Roberts International Airport and for now we can confirm that the amount was L$16 billion. An estimate of a little over US$60 million, as far as we are concerned from ongoing investigation, came in the two ports of entry,” Minister Nagbe confirmed.

Minister Tweah also accused the media of misinforming the Liberian people, especially on the L$16 billion saga.

He further called on the public to listen to him regarding the missing money.

Sources say die-hard CDCians are of the opinion that Mr. Nagbe might still be loyal to former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and, therefore, will take her side in the current money saga.

“So they see Nagbe as a threat. That is why Tweah intentionally went on the air to condemn the information provided by Mr. Nagbe regarding the missing L$16 billion,” a source told the Daily Observer.

Minister Tweah’s position on the case may have led to the cancellation of the Government of Liberia’s weekly press briefing, which takes place every Thursday at the Information Ministry.

According to information, officials at the Ministry of Information reportedly refused to welcome Finance Minister Tweah at the ministry yesterday to form part of its briefing.

Sources told this newspaper that Minister Tweah’s direct condemnation of Minister Nagbe earlier yesterday led to the cancellation action, as junior ministers and staffers at the ministry considered it as an affront to the entity.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Of course, when the guy who supposed to be the chief spokesperson for the government does not know the facts in any matter and instead resorts to blind spinning, then he ought to resign for misinforming the public in matters as serious as this one, which has raised the pressure of the body politic. This guy has lost integrity and respect with the people and therefore must go, or be let go!

    • Though a strong CDC sympathizer, I share your sentiments Hilary Snyder. I think what my friends in the CDC, including Mr. president, with the greatest respect, are doing now is that, they are trying to smoke screen the info minister who it appeared, has messed up himself terribly.

  2. How was the last female head caught in trying to pull her tail at CBL with a forecast resignation to hide the nation’s pocket book? Answer the people.
    Gone to pray.

  3. The reactions and or subtantiations from the Finance Minister and the former governor (Weeks) has certainly dispelled Rodney Sieh´s/FPA´S speculations/rumors/lies and FPA´S criminal and irresponsible, and unprincipled behavior again which can be equated with the false alarm of one “SHOUTING FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER”!

    IN OTHER WORDS, there has been absolutely no contradictions here. The three ministers and the former governor have all told the truth based on the intentionally cynical and false alarm By Rodney Sieh´s and his FPA.

    That is, all this boils down to an UNPRINCIPLED, INCOMPETENT, AND PHONY CYNIC Rodney Sieh/FPA (who initially published the fake alarm) “SHOUTING FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER”!! SIMPLY DRIVEN BY PARTISAN AGENDA, PERSONAL VENDETTA, AND HIS GREED TO INCREAE HIS SALES OF PAPERS!

    That made clear: Current Republic of Liberia Comptroller-General Janga Kowo, IS ACTUALLY THE ONE WHO “DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT”.

    For certainly, as he says “money coming into the country does not go the Finance Ministry but rather to the Central Bank which is by law, the custodian of all funds coming into the country” is true.

    And this is why J. Milton Weeks, who was the governor of the bank when the money arrived, and even after it was wrongly misunderstood to be missing (as a result of Rodney Sieh´s criminal cynicism), was astonished that such could be the case.

    And hence his Milton Weeks´ natural and very truthful response was or is “WE WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THIS ALLEGATION” (Rodney Sieh´s/FPA´S FAKE NEWS ALARM) “IS COMING FROM.”

    And as hinted supra, this all boils down to this cynic Rodney Sieh and his FPA who initially disseminated such a false alarm based on:

    (1) little or no legitimate well-research, news but instead,

    (2) using eye-catching headlines for,

    (3) increased sales via such techniques as spreading of lies, rumors, exaggerations of fake and manufactured news driven By partisan agenda, and perdonal vendetta for rumor – scandal-mongering, intentional misrepresentations, fraud, in order to:

    (4) facilatate his Rodney Sieh´s PR ASSIGNMENT FOR THE LIAR AND POLITICAL GREENHORN ALEX CUMMINGS WHO HAD TO BE FORCED BY A COURT TO PAY PEOPLE HE CUMMINGS HIRED AS POLLWATCHERS. This is why:

    (5) cummings was displayed on FPA´S HEADLINES “SHOUTING FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER” WHEN THE TRUTH IS THERE WAS OR THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO FIRE BUT CALM AND SERINITY.

    • dortu siboe doe your problem is with rodney not with liberian observer. take your issues somewhere else. you are a government employee you should not be making statements except through you boss Nagbe

    • I’m very sorry for the many credible & distinguished Liberians who are caught in this whole not much I do matter, caused by some mischievous elements of the Liberian society, who were ignorantly aided by some inexperienced, never willing to learn, swollen headed government officials. What is even hurting is that, after these slippery mouthed officials have muddy the waters, somebody must now clean up their mess, thereby, in my view, the president is now being placed in a compromised position of shielding, instead of firing. God help us. This is African politics, for you.

  4. What you wrote here is rubbish my young man. Your story is a complete nonsense. Are you saying the Justice Minister of Liberia is a liar and Rodney Sieh told him to lie? Come on! Do you think the Liberian people do not know the difference between their head and their rear-end?

    • This is the time to exchange muted Liberian currencies for new Central bank notes on stock. This will liquidate concentration and reduce dilution in the value; the way to get the people’s money back until the container issue is solved. No need to panic or protest. The court house will open. Those who stole, will be brought to Justice. Tell the people to let the President find the container people and send them to court. This is how any Liberian President should execute the stealing law. Domestic products is our concern right now for Liberian justice. In the main time use U.S. Dollars to purchase needed United States security security products only. Use the Chinese man money to buy his product too, like the other nations currencies also other African countries. After our currency crisis, the bags in the containers, we will resume normal trade with other nations.
      Talking with God. Do not enter my space.

    • Please my dear DJ, I want to engage you a bit, cause it seems you know more than I do, concerning the authenticity of the allegations about the missing Liberian money. So if you don’t mind, what exactly did the justice minister say which presents an evidence that truly, printed Liberian notes got missing? I have read form a credible Liberian news item that the former Liberian president Madam Johnson Sirleaf has alleged that the investigations President Weah ordered had long been conducted and concluded. She challenged the government to release the report of the investing body, but the government has not released the report yet, neither have they rejected Madam Sirleaf’s claims. The former president also says she got credible information that the investigation has rubbished the allegation that there has been missing Liberian bank notes. Yet, the government has not responded to madam Sirleaf’s claims. The last time I checked, I was told the CDC national chairman recently addressed a press conference and rained insults on the former president, accusing her of taking sides with remnant of members of her government, still serving in the CDC government. A whole chairman of a ruling political party addresses a press conference and decides to go completely pedestrian and reckless, evading issues of intellectual value, only to rain insults on a former president who was accused by some, and even her own party, of helping his CDC government to come to power. What do you make of this. DJ? Let all Liberians note that discerning stakeholders in this whole Liberian ‘suspected make believed’ money missing saga are watching. And when you do yourselves again, don’t come blaming innocent people.

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