The publication of Senator George Manneh Weah’s interview with Africanews by the local media about his perceived ability to do better than President Sirleaf was debated yesterday at intellectual centers and on radio talk shows in Monrovia.
The Daily Observer, in its banner headline quoted Senator Weah, the political leader of the Congress for Democratic Change as saying “I can do better than Sirleaf” and it was enough to set Monrovia awash with arguments, for and against him.
While Radio Talk Shows allowed their callers to express their opinions of which majority indicated their opposition to Senator Weah’s statement, they however demanded to know what legacy he would leave for the young generation that sees him as a role model.
“What has Senator Weah done for many to identity with?” a caller asked on a local radio station. “He has not shown that he is capable of doing anything, let alone becoming President of Liberia.”
While others felt that being a senator is one way Ambassador Weah is learning the ropes as a leader, others still were not sympathetic to his claim that he could do better than President Sirleaf.
At intellectual centers on Carey Street, the debate was whether Ambassador Weah still thinks he has something to offer the youth.
“Let’s be practical here,” one young man said. “What can Ambassador Weah point to, to even win my vote?” While several others made some attempt to defend Ambassador Weah, they nonetheless expressed disappointment that he could be bold enough to compare what he could do to President Sirleaf. “He must be fair to himself in that comparison,” one said.
In the Africanews interview, Ambassador Weah said, “I am going to lobby for our country to be one of the best,” and many wanted to know how he was going to lobby and with whom he was going to do the lobbying, since he did not explain what exactly he meant by the statement.
“It is possible that Ambassador Weah had in mind the House and Senate and that’s why he could say he would lobby for Liberia to be one of the best.”
When Ambassador Weah said, “I have passion for Liberians and my country,” many pointed out that while one can have passion for a career, it is difficult to understand Ambassador Weah when he talks about passion for Liberia.
“To have passion is to have desire or to hunger for something which in that context Ambassador Weah could have erred about his real intention or did not know exactly how to say what he wanted to say,” said another young man, who said he voted twice for Ambassador Weah.
Others raised an issue when Ambassador Weah said, “Today, Liberia is one of the least countries around the world in the 21st century,” and they wanted to know what exactly he wanted to say.
“Liberia is one of the least countries in terms of development or is it one of the least developed countries, which is what I thought Ambassador Weah wanted to say,” another said.
Many said they find it difficult to understand why Ambassador Weah has not been able to overcome his glaring speaking deficiencies that always compel his listeners to question his competency on matters of government and leadership.
“I think Ambassador Weah needs a great deal of guidance or he must be tele-guided whenever he wants to speak to the press,” another young man suggested.
Meanwhile, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is set to hold a mass rally on April 28 where Ambassador Weah is expected to announce his intention to stand as the standard bearer of the party.
From last week pick-up trucks with music blaring visited communities, including New Kru Town, Logan Town and several areas in Paynesville informing the party faithful about the event, which is expected to be a 2 million-man march to its headquarters in Monrovia.
If the last CDC march from the party’s headquarters in Sinkor to central Monrovia in 2014 is anything to go by, Monrovia commuters can once again expect to be tied up in an all-day traffic jam.