Liberia's Peace Ambassador George Weah has rebuked members of his party calling on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to step down. He described statement by the Ellen 'step down' campaigners as "reckless and unacceptable."
Ambassador Weah said as political leader of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), he will not tolerate any reckless statement coming from officials and partisans of the party. He believes that unguarded comments from some of his party officials have the propensity to undermine the peace and stability of Liberia and ultimately plunge this country in a state of predicament.
Ambassador Weah spoke at the weekend in response to statement made by Jefferson Koijee, Youth Chairman of the CDC and other officials of the party.
For some time now, the Ellen 'Step Down' campaigners have been requesting for her resignation, citing corruption, nepotism, poverty and lack of employment for young people, among others.
Mr. Koijee is not the only person who has spoken about the resignation of the President. Recently, the Chairman Emeritus of the National Patriotic Party, Chief Cyril Allen also called on President Johnson-Sirleaf to resign and turn over power to Vice President Joseph Boakai.
Additionally, the political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change, Simeon Freeman and the Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change, George Solo, actually started the campaign for the president to resign.
Despite Ambassador Weah's comment, there are clear indications that the CDC does not support Madam Sirleaf's resignation. However, public perceptions regarding his statement are mixed. There are those who think that Weah's statement condemning Madam Sirleaf's resignation call is belated and a complete charade. Some Liberians believe that Ambassador Weah should have spoken earlier when his party Chairman George Solo called for the president's resignation in last January.
Notwithstanding, others believe that the CDC political leader's statement was made in good faith and that he wasn't pretentious about his comment as is being perceived in some quarters.
Weah has a responsibility to work with all Liberians and stakeholders to ensure that the journey he started as head of Peace Commission becomes a reality. Therefore, it makes no sense for anyone to think that Amb. Weah is being superficial since he waited for more than eight months to comment on the issue.
We believe that Mr. Weah has made a genuine point by publicly condemning his officials who are calling for President's Sirleaf resignations. The timing shouldn't be the issue as long the Peace Ambassador has expressed his commitment to peace and stability.