(Monrovia, Liberia): The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has lauded the people of Lofa County, both those residing in the county and beyond, for their confidence reposed in him and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to lead the country to the heights of development.
Addressing a throng of Lofa citizens Saturday, September 12, 2020, in Monrovia, the Liberian Leader dispelled notions and misconceptions harbored by some Lofans and opposition political figures that he has turned his back on the county as a reprisal for not voting him overwhelmingly during the 2017 presidential elections.
The President underscored his love for the county and its people as manifested in the appointment of and support to a plethora of Lofans in Government and his development plans earmarked for the county.
The Liberian Leader clarified that he neither harbors an iota of bitterness nor plans to ostracize Lofa County from his government’s development agenda.
President Weah regretted his inability to visit Lofa County since his election but was also quick to indicate that that is not unique to the county because he has not visited most upcountry counties if not all due to the advent of COVID-19 and other pressing presidential duties.
The President encouraged Lofans not to get carried away by the country’s current acidic politics, noting that no matter how low the votes he got from Lofa were, he was satisfied and appreciative because the Lofa votes contributed to the aggregate percentage of 61.5 which he won nationally.
“Don’t be thrilled by the politics of the day where people say only 14 counties voted for me excluding Lofa. This is not true because I have a record that the people of Lofa voted for me,” the President said. “I am appreciative that the people of Lofa voted for me. I may not get all the votes from Lofa, but I got some votes from there.”
The Liberian Chief Executive indicated that it was inconceivable and inappropriate for any good political leader to relate to any group of people based on how they voted in elections.
“As a patriotic citizen and leader, I am aware that all Liberians deserve to be treated equally despite their political, religious, and regional or tribal backgrounds,”
the President said further. “So, my people of Lofa, please do not entertain those cheap gossips and misinformation.”
He added: “I want to say to you my people, gossip has not changed anything for the good. It only brings a problem, division, and war.”
The President informed the assembly of elders, chiefs, and youth from different sections of Lofa that his administration would continue to brave the age-old development challenges Liberia faces so that much is concretely done to change and transform the country for the good of all citizens without exception.
President Weah said he was not interested in too much politics and talking, but rather concerned about developing the country, noting, “when the time for politics comes, I will talk. For now, I am focused on bringing more development to Liberians no matter where they reside and which politician they like.”
“I don’t claim to be righteous and infallible but I try my best at all cost to follow the precepts of the Bible and Quran to some reasonable extent. l learned to be kind and to respect people,” the Chief Executive noted. “I even respect those who go against me because no one can change me from who I am.”
Commenting on ongoing developments nationwide, the Liberian Leader said if Lofa County as the breadbasket of Liberia is not developed, the rest of the country will not develop. He told Lofans that development is a process that takes time to realize.
As part of the government’s road development plan for Lofa, President Weah said he has been doing all he could to develop major road corridors in the county, particularly the main Lofa route.