Pres Weah Heads to Nigeria, Gabon

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Pres. Weah said he is leaving the country for official visits to Nigeria and Gabon.

— Attending President Buhari’s “inauguration”?

President George Weah in a communication, has informed the Senate that he is paying state visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Gabon respectively.

According to President Weah’s communication dated June 10, 2019, and read by the secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor Sengbeh, he informed the Senate through the President Pro Tempore Albert T. Chie that he will be away from the country from June 11 to June 16, 2019 to attend “the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari” in Abuja, Nigeria.

President Weah also informed the lawmakers that he will pay a working visit to Libreville, Gabon.

“While I am away from the country, the Minister of State Nathaniel A. McGill will chair the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President, and in telephone conversation with me…,” Weah said.

It can however, be recalled that the inauguration of President Buhari and his Vice President took place on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 — almost two weeks ago — in an elaborate ceremony at Eagle Square in the Federal capital Abuja.

Nigeria Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit 2019 flyer

However, according to reports from Abuja quoting the news outlet, “Politics Nigeria” a number of the events slated for the inauguration will now be held during the first observance of June 12 as the National Democracy Day. Towards this end, according to Politics Nigeria, invitations have been sent to all world leaders to attend the ceremonies marking the observance of the Democracy Day on June 12.

President Weah was expected to be in Abuja as early as June 11 to participate in a National Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit. According to the program flyer he was invited as a guest of honor along with the presidents of Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal, under the theme: “Curbing Electoral Spending: A Panacea to Public Corruption.”

While Mr. Sengbeh was reading the President’s communication, President Weah was addressing the nation for the second time in a week, via radio broadcast.

In a related development, the Senate yesterday passed three investment and financial bilateral agreements during its 38th day sitting.

The Bills include the “Bilateral investment treaty between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Liberia; Agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the Government of the Republic of Liberia for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income; and Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Meanwhile, the Senate plenary in a head count vote yesterday, agreed that the Senate recites the “Human Rights Pledge.” The idea put forward by Grand Cape Mount Senator Cllr H. Varney  Sherman was initially protested by some Senators, arguing that Liberians already pledge allegiance to the country. But in a head count vote, 10 Senators voted in favor, three against two abstentions.

In a developing story, there are credible reports that a bill calling for an Act to repeal all laws creating tenure in the executive branch of government, and establishing in lieu thereof, the tenure Act of 2019 is being contemplated.

11 COMMENTS

  1. If our economy is crumbling, why is Weah spending the taxpayers money on foreign trips”?? That money should be given back the to the owners (taxpayers)!! Who do you think can better spend that money to grow the economy?? The President or the taxpayers?? Allowing the taxpayers to spend their own money is FAR better for the economy than allowing the President to spend it on his foreign trips!!

  2. The Chosen Son of the soil is showing off how the Presidency of the regime is politically secured , the nation wide protest was not that strong to shake the political power foundation of the regime. Neither were there any visible political cracks on the foundation of the regime, as many were hopefully expecting. That in one way or another the regime would considered changing course. That does not seems to be the case. With a declining economy and the local currency at a free fall against the mighty US dollar coupled with massive unemployment, off he goes in his alleged borrowed jet plane to show off and let other African Head of States know and respect him that after the nation wide protest, his presidency is well secured. Afolding the opportunity to travel and spend more of the country’s money on his self and his one hundred -man-delegations . To his credit, one can conclude that the regime silently crushed the protest without the used of force by allowing it to take place, with that , no harm was done to the political foundation of the regime as was expected from most quarters. Safe journey young man, until next time when we will meet at the same place , but different time.

  3. He does not have what it takes to be a leader. In leadership when the people you are leading cry out and dramatize their shameful state through street demonstration. That’s when the president listens and begins to usher in austerity measures aimed at addressing those concerns. But this president cares about himself

  4. Martin Scott

    Very good comments Martin.

    Many of Imperial President Weah’s activities could be bridled if the country had very effective legislative and judicial institutions to ensure proper oversights. Unfortunately, these institutions have been weakened.

    Weah’s biggest past time is traveling out of the country as it affords him the opportunity of escaping the intractable, domestic issues which are confronting him. And he is quick to point out as an excuse that he inherited these problems, but on the contrary he fails to realize that the Liberian people are not fools.

    They have intelligence and they do understand that even though things might not have been the best a couple of years ago under Ellen, but, notwithstanding, it was not as worst as it has become in just a year and six months.

    Martin, I sometimes wonder, what would the progress of world civilization look like today, if all the world leaders were just abandoning their oath of office and executive roles and instead blaming their paralysis on their predecessors?

    Every president who succeeds another president is always faced with some kind of challenges emanating from the past administration. The question is how well will the new president be prepared to address those challenges?

    If Weah feels that the duties of the presidency are above his head, he could render a very good service to the Liberian people and himself by abdicating. However, making frequent excursions out of the country when they create no returns on such investment and shifting blame on the previous administration at a time when the Liberian people are in need of a sound leadership, is not kosher.

  5. This is complete nonsense and insult to the Liberian people regarding this planned trip. One of the charges leveled by the CoP against this government was economic mismanagement. That the Weah-led street boys are siphoning the resources of Liberia at a rate unparalleled in the annals of the country. The dust has not even fully settled on that demonstration and this guy has planned another useless trip? If this is not the proverbial adding insult to injury, then it must be out of sheer ignorance. Our president not knowing the implications of these stupid decisions. Maybe another demonstration or sit-in (make that sit-on) is needed at RIA on the tarmac to obstruct Weah’s plane from departing the country. Either that, or the citizens assemble on the same tarmac on his arrival time, thus preventing his plane from landing. That way he can continue flying to wherever and enjoy his flight even more and longer. Something has be done about this level of psychiatric nonsense!

    • Hilary – The folks back home elected their country giant so what’s your issue? They will have to feel the pain until next election. Our people are very deceitful.

      • Hey Phil,

        Perhaps your comment was meant as a sarcasm? If so “it’s not even funny,” as they say. And simply because these are the ill-advised leadership tendencies that brew disquiet, demonstrations like June 7th, and revulsions leading up to coup d’état in most societies, something we all abhor and detest. Nevertheless, any of those measures can be justified by the sponsors as necessary, provided the masses of the population sanction the particular intervention. Mind you, democracy begets democracy with good governance as ancillary; corruption begets disenchantment and dictatorship begets revulsion with unpredictable consequences. Like most decisions in life, the trajectory of the adopted leadership style is always a matter of choice. So let those who have ears hear, or they will feel!

  6. This country Giant is very ignorance to his own leadership but I can’t blame him I blame the people’s who elected him as their saviour I know some of them are feeling the highship that is going on in Liberia

  7. John kollie point is well taken. I believe that “pressure” should be placed on legislators as well, the alledge voice of the people. The pressure of the President is not reaping any consequences other than he arresting some of his opponents and threatening others from “insulting him”. Yes, symbolically the “protest march” was effective, now Let’s focus on lo legislative action in conjunction with other peaceful measures.

    John Jolie’s statement
    “Many of Imperial President Weah’s activities could be bridled if the country had very effective legislative and judicial institutions to ensure proper oversights. Unfortunately, these institutions have been weaken”

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