Two days after the lifting of the prohibition on the runoff presidential election by the Supreme Court, hundreds of Muslims have endorsed the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George M. Weah, describing him as the best candidate for the country.
The endorsement, which was held over the weekend at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town, brought together imams and women and youth groups.
Bobby M. Sheriff, Sr., who read the endorsement statement, said they strongly believe that Sen. Weah is prepared to address issues affecting Liberia and its people, as well as working with everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.
He said the coalition represents all sectors of Liberia, because its members hail from villages, towns, and cities with many of them being students, market women, teachers, motorcyclists, farmers, street vendors, engineers, doctors and much more.
“We want to first thank all of those who turned out to vote during the first round of the elections and also thousands of Muslims who worked hard with their various political parties in reaching thus far and showing to the world that Liberians are peaceful. Today, we are joining a political revolution and it continues until victory is certain,” Sheriff said.
“The United Muslims Organization of Liberia, in collaboration with twenty other Muslim groupings, including imams, unanimously agreed to support Weah of the CDC for the runoff election.”
He said they will continue to work hard to ensure the election of a government that will represent the entire population of Liberia, and not just a few.
“We have come to make a conscious decision that will be in the interest of Liberia, because Liberia needs a different kind of leader that will bring real and positive change. Over the time, we have had the opportunity to speak and interact with Liberians, including Muslims who have said that this election is about their needs,” he said.
Sheriff said they believe that Weah is the next president of Liberia, and endorsing him is the best decision, adding, “Weah is prepared to address issues affecting the country through the evaluation of the CDC platform.”
According to him, a CDC government will create thousands of jobs for the people, build the country’s infrastructure and make Liberia all inclusive.
“Weah will build roads, schools, provide access to electricity in various homes and businesses, and support the agricultural sector. This election is about bringing health services to the people and reducing the unemployment rate that affects the people, especially college graduates,” he said.
Accepting the endorsement, Senator Weah said he was pleased to see such an overwhelming turnout to ensure a CDC victory at the end of the pending election.
“We are delighted to accept your endorsement and want to assure you that our government will seek the interest of both Muslims and Christians. We will make sure that Muslims and Christians will work together and move together in harmony,” he said.
Sen. Weah said he was excited to see political parties and individuals coming together after the first round of the elections, which speaks of togetherness.
“We are your leaders, do not be afraid to talk to us because we are humans, and can make mistakes. For Liberia to move forward, we all need to work together and advance. Your ideas are needed and would help in making Liberia a better place,” Weah said.
According to the Senator, every Liberian played a part in destroying the country, adding that “it is time to fix it” under his leadership as President of Liberia.
“I want you to be prepared for the rebuilding of Liberia. Don’t make Weah president and sit at home, because we need your support and ideas. If you are a market woman, your idea to make others advance will be appreciated,” he said.
The national chairman of CDC, Nathaniel McGill, lauded the Muslims for the endorsement and promised to work with them. “As the runoff proceeds, VP Boakai will have to face the country’s giant. I am sure that we will win the elections at 80 percent,” he boasted.
McGill said the CDC government is prepared to not only retire Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, but will also provide a retirement package for him, including security.
“I know that Weah is a good man and we want to assure VP Boakai of his total benefits,” he added.