Montserrado County Representative Thomas P. Fallah has arrived in the United States making frantic efforts to ensure that President George Weah gets a favorable reception, especially among Diaspora Liberians, upon his arrival to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Fallah said that the President needs all the support, especially at that global stage, to enable him ably represent Liberia by putting forth the country’s plight to the world.
President Weah is expected to be in attendance at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, which opens on September 18, 2018, in New York.
The President is expected to speak to the body of world leaders on September 26 for the first time since he ascended to Liberia’s presidency in January this year.
However, there is a reported planned protest that awaits the President at the summit from some Liberians, who feel disenchanted with his style of leadership.
Liberians across the United Sates and other parts of the world are reportedly gearing up for a mass demonstration at the UN General Assembly, to press forward for the prosecution of corrupt officials and people who perpetrated killings during the country’s 14-year civil war.
With a fear of this demonstration, which some within the ruling establishment have termed as an embarrassment, especially that this would be the President’s first visit as the country’s leader, Rep. Fallah departed the country few weeks ago to help soften the landing and possibly avert the reported planned protest.
As a key factor in the 2017 victory for the CDC, Weah promised to organize his Diaspora compatriots to give him a deserving welcome void of embarrassment.
“This is no time for protest or demonstration, but to rally around our President so that he makes our case at the GA,” a dispatch from the US quotes Rep. Fallah as saying.
“This is the President’s first trip to the US, and Liberians have the moral responsibility to ensure that they welcome their President in a way that he will be received and respected among world leaders,” he said during a meeting last week with the CDC/USA chapter leadership.
He indicated that the United Nations General Assembly, the biggest annual gathering of world leaders, is not the platform to show “that we are a divided people.”
“We will ensure that CDCians and people who believe in the President’s vision can gather and show the world that Liberians are in support of the president and his agenda,” he said.
He said a lot of Liberians do not agree with the planned protest and partisans and non-partisans will be gathering to show the world that they support their president.
Dubbed “March for Justice Campaign,” the protest will see those termed as “intellectual militant” carry on the initial protest on the date of President Weah’s arrival at the U.N. Headquarters. “By that, we will be letting the world know we are coming,” Mr. Patricks said in a live social media video recently. He is also urging those back home to join them simultaneously at the US Embassy in Monrovia.
Meanwhile, the CDC lawmaker is also using his time in the US to build relationships with members of the US Congress as well as exploring opportunities for residents of his district.