20 March 2013

Liberia: 'Don't Ratify Block 13 Oil Deal'

A group of young Liberians under the banner, Progressive Liberians Against Injustice (PLAI) has called on the National Legislature not to pass the much-talked about Block 13 oil deal recently signed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

On Tuesday the group comprising mostly of students of the University of Liberia stormed the Capitol Building calling on members of the 53rd Legislature to save the country by refusing to ratify the Block 13 oil deal.

Mr. Kesselly Q. Baizah, National Chairman of the pro-democracy group alleged that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and her son, Mr. Robert Sirleaf and Mr. Rudolph McClain who according to them is an in-law of the President has evil and corrupt intent toward the oil deal and therefore, the lawmakers must not consider the agreement.

Mr. Baizah accused Madam Sirleaf of making the oil sector a family thing by bringing onboard her brother-in-law McClain and her son Robert Sirleaf to take charge of the institution at the detriment of the Liberian people.

He wondered why the President will sign such an agreement when there is no benefit for ordinary Liberians but only the company and Madam Sirleaf and her family. "That is why we have come to this House of wisdom to tell them not to join the evil of Madam Sirleaf," Baizah said.

He, among other things accused Madam Sirleaf of being a 'political killer being' who if not stopped will eat up the entire fabric of the country before leaving office.

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