Mayor Koijee to Weah’s Critics: ‘Grow up to Face Reality’

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Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee is not bothered about those who criticize him along with President George Manneh Weah. However, he has one message for his critics: “They must grow up to accept the reality that whether they like it or not, there is a paradigm shift in the administration of things around here.”

He told a roomful of journalists yesterday at the Monrovia City Hall that he is aware that many people “are in pain due to the fact that a Jefferson Koijee is the mayor of Monrovia.

“I know there are people who are in pain due to the fact that a George Weah is President of Liberia,” he added. “But they must understand that those changes were done by the popular mandate of the people.”

In a buoyant rebuff of critics of himself and the government of President Weah,  Koijee advised those who are torturing themselves because of the change of leadership in the country to accept the reality that their negative expectations about the failure of the government are the strengths that keep the Weah-led administration going.

“We are all Liberians and have the mandate to lead the country, but if we should fail, there are means to make things right,” Koijee insisted in his extemporaneous speech that at times appeared to veer off track .

Returning to the subject of those who hold a negative perception about the Weah-led administration and have accused it of failing the people, Koijee was emphatic in his rejection of that notion.  “George Weah is President and therefore you do not need to allow that fact to hurt you and don’t let the pain in it consume your willingness to accept reality,” he jibed.

He said George Weah’s life came in phases. “He was like a black diamond as a child until he was located and helped to move further in his profession, though many people did not think he would have been successful.

“From the soccer field, he moved on to the political scene and again many naysayers insisted he was not going to make it,” Koijee recalled.

No matter how those against the government would want it to fail, they cannot turn the people against their president, said Koijee, adding that there are people who are born to lead.

In the wake of what he described further as negative expectations about the government, he declared: “We cannot be distracted. When you said he [Weah]wouldn’t be president, we said he would make it and he did, in fact. Many called us names, we were detained and labeled as petrol bombers.”

Though he did not give the basis for his exposition, it might have come from the recent statement by the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander Cummings, who raised doubts about the government’s growth under the administration of George Weah.

Koijee thanked God for his survival, following his recent car accident on the Kakata Highway, and where it was claimed that local residents where the accident took place managed to scoop up thousands of United States dollars that were scattered about at the scene.

In his response, Koijee instead said the local residents where the accident took place deserved praise rather than linking them to what never happened. “They came to our assistance with water and other things, and I am organizing to go and show them my appreciation.”

Koijee prayed  that God would let critics of the current government live long enough to see the kind of development that the Weah-led administration will bring to this country.

He lauded the Muslim community for their promise to remain Liberians and not become like any other Muslims in other countries. The MCC feted a large crowd of Liberians at the recent end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

In a related development, the government has set up a committee comprising MCC and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, to select July 26th’s orator from Liberians between the ages of 15 and 35 years.

The assistant minister, Maminah Carr, said President Weah does not want to follow past protocol of the President being the one to nominate the orator.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I am glad he survived the accident, but his ways of talking and manners are totally inconsistent with his status as a city mayor! You don’t go after your critics like that, but this is politics Liberian style.

  2. Mayor Koijee, we just have to pity their condition; since generally, humankind cannot bear very much reality. But eventually, they will have to grow up!!!

    They wrongly believe they can look reality straight in the eye and still deny it is not reality; when reality is so firm that it refuses to go away even when one stops believing in it.

  3. We have to realized that this government can not lead this great nation. Time will tell, let the Liberian people go back to the solid, they will do well

  4. Critics don’t go after a function government in the form and manner from Alex the small statue man Cummings who hide himself behind coke bottles when Liberia needed brave leaders during our civil destruction. It was sad for a non courageous Jonny just come politician to say the least that there is no brain in the CDC government to move Liberia forward. I stand by my friend and brother Koigee for his strong response towards the opposition. If man that we deemed as politicians can not strategize to handle Liberia politics but make reckless remarks than we must not expect a soft response from the government. Koijee was appointed to this post as a CDCian, therefore he will stand up and defend the CDC government as a presidential appointee and prominent member of CDC who character was allegedly assassinated after he was involved in a near death accident . This is a usual political exchange – critics come up with their fault from the government, the government comes up with a response to maintain her momentum and popularity. Like our people say “pepper cannot hurt in dog eye” so let it be with Koigee who is doing an excellent job as a young Mayor of Monrovia. If our fellow young people are envious of him, let them endeavor to be honest, committed, loyal, friendly, kind, and over all patriotic. Perhaps you will be considered in due course to serve your country at a young age like Jefferson Koijee.

  5. Peking, you better show yuh our juice to the people of Monrovia instead of trying to be a defender. It’s time to work. The days of talking…big talking are over. The ball is in your court now. Show the critics your achievements and not mere talks.

  6. The leadership of the CDC led government should be aware that criticism will surely come against them. Even when you weren’t a ruling government, you and your political leader encountered lot of criticism that would brainwashed the Liberian people in order to denied you the leadership of Liberia. But you remained determine and committed in the midst of all these negativies against your party and won the election overwhelmingly. Do not be bother so much about your critics, only do what is best for the people of Liberia who elected the CDC to power. The critics will always exist in order to distract or make you loss focus on your party’s manifesto that you promised to deliver to the people who elected the CDC. Keep doing your best because you can’t do more than your Best.

  7. “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require…..”(Constitution of Liberia Article 1 under subchapter Structure of the State). Constructive criticism of the government is therefore an inherent right of the people. True democracy thrives on criticism and helps hold our leaders accountable to the people. There should be no fear of criticism unless our leaders plan to be corrupt and unaccountable to the people who elected them. Mr. Koijee, Government exists and acts for the people. The people are the Sovereign. They have the right at all times to criticize their government to whom sovereign powers are delegated. Leaders are not above the people. They are rather mere servants of the people. Government is the people’s agent. The people are the principals. The people at all times have the right to change corrupt governments if their “safety and happiness so require..”(1986 Liberian Constitution).

  8. FARLOH, (young man in Kissi) Please, take time. You are talking too much son.
    You remind me of the late Fallah varney and Jerry Sumo of the PRC 37 years ago. I don’t know how old you are, however; slow down a little.

    • The President endorses this, by calling this guy “my little brother”. This is unfortunately how the government in Liberia operates! Too bad for the country.

  9. Wow! President Weah isn’t choosing the July 26th Independence Day Orator? That is so smart and a refreshing change! I would recommend a public contest for the annual July 26th Independence Day Celebration. Since July 26 is right around the corner with no time for a national contest, I recommend Martin Kollie. I don’t know Martin or how old he is. However, given his interests and writings indicate patriotism and love for Liberia.

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