Africa: Ellen Bemoans UK Aid Cuts

Then gets troll on twitter

Little did former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf know that her advocacy against continuous UK aid cuts to poor countries would have subjected her to internet trolling on Wednesday, July 14.

In her post as one of her regulars, Mrs. Sirleaf laments the UK parliament's action in approving a continued reduction in spending on foreign aid by the English Government, arguing that these cuts will have a negative impact on millions of people in poor countries like Liberia who depend on them.

Furthermore, Mrs. Sirleaf noted that most of the countries to be affected have deep historical relationships with the UK.

Mrs. Sirleaf: "I'm saddened to see that the UK parliament has approved a continued reduction in spending on #foreignaid. These cuts will have a negative impact on millions of people in less wealthy nations--many of which have deep historical relationships with the UK. #UKaid"

But it appears that her advocacy this time around did not go down well with many of her followers particularly those on the continent who believe that they elect their leaders to change the dynamics not to continue on handouts from western countries.

Emmett P. Chea @Chea2024: replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Ma Ellen, let's me disagree with you here small. #Foreign_aid has not developed any nation according to my findings. I think we elected Leaders to Change the dynamic. Are you saying it's impossible for African to be independent? Where are the sovereignties? Our focus should be...

🇹🇬#TogoVoicelessLivesMatter🇹🇬 @nafala25 replying to @MaEllenSirleaf and Fromagehomme: My dear big sister with all do (due) respect, this must be WakeUp call to all Africa women & Men leaders bcs it will not be the last. it time to stop giving Africa natural resources away, & start nursing Afri Democracy, equal-Justice & Social-economical development #AUC @NAkufoAddo

Sulaiman A Bangura @SulaimanABangu3 replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: African Leaders relying on this foreign aids, are some of reasons why African are still been remote control by these Western countries bcs, (because) they're fully aware that most of our Leaders depend on these donor's. The West will give this aid and also provide you detectives and the expertise as to how these aids should be implemented.

MACSHINE MWEEMBA KWAME NKRUMAH @MweembaMacshine replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: It's sad how our miseducated Leaders are still believing that aid could be a catapult to the development of Africa. Afrika does not need any aid. Who bewitched us Afrika?

Mustapha Bah Paasewe @BahPaasewe replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: It's better for poorer country to move away from aid to trade.

Gratiano Nyuma @GratianoNyuma1: This is good but most poorer countries are yet to be independent from #Foreign Aid

Determine Mind@AbrahamASwaray7 replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Perhaps monies given are not being used for the intended purpose(s). This is why the UK is taking this trend.

Aburek Eric Ongodia @AburekO replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: We don't need aid your Excellency! Training our people in self-reliance is important

Nathaniel Zumo @nathaniel_zumo replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: No one or a nation should live on another person's earnings forever, it's time to re-think especially for African nations.

Bishop Washington George @BishopWashingt9 replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Let least worthy nation's learn to be independent, and utilize their resources well

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replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Africa we are on Our Own!!!Man shruggingMan shruggingMan shrugging

The Peaceful Warrior @GikimaAlex replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Until when will we continue depending on foreign aid?

Ing. BUNDU @Alimamybundu4 replying to @MaEllenSirleaf and @RichardHoney: Dead aid

Eric Asare @asareache replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Ma Ellen, I am also sad to read this statement from you. I see you be a great influence person on the African continent. Ma do you tell your colleague leaders to still go for aid? Why Africa what have we done to have such persons as our leaders

CHIJIOKE IBEH @ChijiokeIbeh87 replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: What aid are you talking about because we can't see the impact of any aid from UK to any nation .You all must just stop fooling yourselves. Set nations free and no one will need any aid or disturbing anyone for loan . Biafra is a nation that is supposed to be independent. Be wise

FrancisSkollie1 @FSkollie1replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Africa and Africans must STOP living on Hands-out especially from foreign aids and work with their own hands and minds. AFRIAC, RISE!!!

okn@Kas Nwuke replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Cuts will have a negative impact... really? Aid cuts will not have as negative an impact on the lives of millions of Africans as corruption and incompetence. Perhaps you should focus more on African corruption and incompetence than on the sovereign decision of the UK to cut aid

Wonutee@Wonutee1replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Twelve years of leadership, and you still calling your country less wealthy because of #foreignaid. Respect yorself my oldma (voice of Liberia)

Joseph N. S. Nimley @JosephNSNimley replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Ma Ellen you helped to damaged Africa and our Country's Mama Liberia mostly! So close up and shout up your mouth from local, National and International politics... .you're old so all your thoughts are old. Africa can stand on her own with Foreign Aid.

Steven O. Johnson @StevenOJohnson1replying to @MaEllenSirleaf : Oldma, let Less wealthy nations stop relying on foreign aid from the UK... . Lazy Nations!!

patNjwoman @PatrickNjwoman replying to @MaEllenSirleaf :Madam President, I disagree with this tweet. It appears you're on the wrong side of the international system. You are trying to promote #neocolonialism asking the UK Parliament to do what you are suggesting.

Benjamin D. Yeagar @BenjaminDYeagar replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Our Foe President post reflects majority of African leaders like herself. We think without Foreign Aid, we can't progress.

marrin bropleh @martinbropleh replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: With all the aids u received during ur stay in power what did u do? But u said concerning ur son stealing our money was u take responsibility. If I am right doing ur terms in office u received the highest aids ever in Liberia history. But what did u do?

Demelza Monger @DemelzaMonger replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: The millions you mean the bank accounts of corrupt politicians?

But there were some who acknowledged her advocacy though:

Alfred D. Newman @AlfredDNewman5 Replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Sincerely placed

New Beginnings @zankpayai replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: Please do not be Madam Sirleaf. There is no such thing as "less wealthy nations", it is only what these nations are believing. Honestly, genuine development cannot come from foreignaids. Hard work, resources development and accountability are the best way.

Boima C.J Toure@BoimaCJToure5 replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: You have said it all EJS. I hope that the UK Parliament will rethink this decision.

Martinez94@Martinez9420 replying to @MaEllenSirleaf: On the table for those who are not innovative. She might be wrong to use a certain phrase but remember, she is advocating. And one more thing... ... Liberians don't forget you said she was not successful in bringing economic development but she led the struggle for peace and... ..

Martinez94@Martinez9420 Replying to @MaEllenSirleaf-Stability and she was successful. I hope the current government could pick up the struggle from when it is now and stop blaming past leader for the weakness of ourselves!!!

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