By: Eldred Thomas/GNN Senior Reporter
As the much talked about 2017 general and presidential election draws closer, the opposition leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP), businessman and politician, Benoni Urey has sounded a caveat to the governing Unity Party (UP) against using the media institutions to attack opposition politicians and their respective institutions.
The ALP political leader also warned President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to desist from attacking opposition political parties through the Liberian media outlets directly or indirectly which he noted is always associated with her government making negative remarks on members of the opposition.
He indicated it is the duty of a sitting and responsible government is to ensure that peace and stability at all times prevail, especially when the country is moving towards another time of transition.
He made the comments on Saturday when he addressed hundreds of marketers in Kuwait Market in Duala where he and his wife was gowned and appreciated for the many contributions to the development of Liberia in different ways.
Addressing the women, Mr. Urey further lamented that preaching hate messages during these critical times in the country will have the tendency to undermine the peace and stability currently been enjoyed through Liberia’s international partners, the United Nations and others including patriotic Liberians.
He noted that such negative propaganda being spread out by the Liberian and the Unity Party has the potential to also undermine the pending electoral process in the country, and cause stir, this he stressed, that is this continues this means that Liberians are not prepare to witness a free, fair and transparent transition in 2017.
Mr. Urey recounted the role of Truth FM in the 2011 elections, especially during the run off between Madam Sirleaf and the lead opposition Congress for Democratic of now Senator George Weah.
“Such situation must be witnessed in our country again because if they feel they have dogs, the opposition has more dogs too, Mr. Urey sounded in a rather angry tone”.
Mr. Urey emphasized the opposition will not tolerate such attacks coming reportedly from government through the use of Radio stations to get at their political opponents.
It can be recalled that Benoni Urey and his All Liberian Party accused the Prime FM of being used by government to attack and castigate opposition politicians and institutions.
Mr. Urey’s comment came days after the Chairman of the CDC Youth Whig League, Jefferson Kogee raised what he called a “RED Flag” to libeled the Prime FM station as propaganda machinery of the governing Unity Party.
The Prime FM radio station on Benson Street, central Monrovia has in recent days come under serious criticisms not only the opposition political parties but also some Liberians over from not only the opposition, but the public over its style of broadcasting especially on its major Talk Show the Prime Morning Drive with lead presenter”.
Mr. Urey at the same time responded the appeal by the marketers that he will help to improve their selling environment, noting where they sell currently is not what they deserved, while assuring those referred to as Zoko or street boys can be transformed into productive citizens if they are giving the needed support and attention.
According to Mr. Urey many top Liberians politicians including him and the current Present Ellen Johnson Sirleaf are all responsible one way or the other for the situation thousands of young Liberians find themselves.
He intimated that reconciliation will be one of the hallmarks of an ALP government to ensure that those victims of the civil conflict and perpetrators can sort out their difference in the spirit of love and peace to move Liberia forward.
The ALP political leader concluding noted that as a pride Liberian farmer, a government under his administration will ensure the establishment of an agriculture bank that enable farmers to access loan.
This, he pointed out will help boost the agricultural sector, ensure food security as well create job opportunities something that remains a huge challenge for the Unity Party government.