President George Weah has fired the Deputy Director for Rural Broadcasting at the Liberia Broadcasting Services, Boima J.V. Boima, hours after he (Boima) had announced his intention to resign from the government in December this year.
Boima J.V. Boima, who in a public Facebook post critiqued the government’s shortcomings following the ruling party’s colossal defeat in the senatorial by-election in 2019 that brought Abraham Darius Dillon to the Senate, said he was finally resigning due to President Weah’s failure to prioritize the general welfare of the Liberian people, most especially partisans of the Congress for Democracy Change.
“Mr. President, my resignation is due to the fact that the true meaning of fighting to claim state power, which motivated some of us to make enemies and abandon family members to support your quest for our country’s highest office, has not been felt by the greater majority of the Liberian people,” said Boima in an open letter to the President yesterday.
But the President, whose relationship with Boima began to sour after the first public critique, did not hesitate to fire the LBS appointee who had accompanied his letter of planned resignation with a second public critique — via Facebook post — in which he claimed to be suffering too much under the regime.
The President’s move to jettison his in-house critic for making his grievances public, especially on Social media, comes a year after Boima declared that Senator Abraham Darius Dillon’s victory in last year’s senatorial by-election was due to the failure of the ruling party and President Weah to seek the welfare of the people.
“Yes, this was a revolution; our people did not struggle to become beggars. The results seen out there are as a result of an internal revolt. Majority of our once zealots supporters have gone sour. They are not happy at all. They are not happy with us, Mr. President. Majority of those who voted for Dillon are our own very CDCians. Some didn’t even turn out to vote. Their message is clear; look into our direction now too,” Boima said in his 2019 Facebook post.
In that post, Boima downplayed fear of losing his job and expressing in a sense that it was better to speak out than to pretend and live with “negative consequences.”
Repeating similar lines this time around, Boima argued that it was better for him to remain jobless than to stay in a government that has made him to struggle and suffer.
“I have struggled and suffered too much. Maybe we were not meant to enjoy the benefits of the revolution. It’s better I remain jobless. Again I say thank you. Long live Liberia, long live President Weah,” he said.
Another piercing comment in his letter to the President notes that the revolutionary struggle that got Weah elected was not meant for him and few of his friends to become rich while the citizens remained poor.
“Some of our very brothers and sisters who labored with you in the revolution have been abandoned with rooms given to only those around you. Mr. President, our quest to make you President was not to make few of your friends rich while the vast majority of our people perish in abject poverty. It is based on this factor that I am tendering this notice to kindly inform you that I will be quilting your government by December 30, 2020,” Boima’s letter said.
Meanwhile, a release from the Executive Mansion says Isaac Redd, Director of Press in the House of Representatives, has been appointed as Deputy Director for Rural Broadcasting at the LBS replacing Boima J.V. Boima.