President Weah Suspends Tough-Talking Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon With ‘Immediate Effect’

President George Weah

The Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah, has with immediate effect suspended the Deputy Minister for Press and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Fahngon.

President Weah said his Government remains committed to a “one country, one people” policy with zero tolerance on divisive politicking or tribalism.

The Liberian Leader has sent out warning to government officials and all citizens to stop dividing Liberians along ethnic lines.

The Liberian leader came following the issuing of a strongly worded statement by the United States embassy accredited Monrovia.

Below is the statement of the U.S. Embassy

The Embassy of the United States is concerned by recent comments made in various fora which could impede Liberia’s progress. Those who promote through their words or deeds a Congo-Country divide do not have Liberia’s best interests or that of their constituents at heart, but rather appear motivated by personal ambitions or fears. It is unacceptable for Senator Prince Y. Johnson, Representative Yekeh Kolubah, “ex-generals” or other former actors in Liberia’s civil wars to incite unlawful acts through ill-considered rhetoric that could jeopardize Liberia’s hard-won peace and security.

It is equally irresponsible for people within leadership positions in government or the ruling party to promote such division as Deputy Minister Eugene Fahngon has done on social media. To take such a public stance and suggest it is a private opinion or a personal right reflects a misunderstanding of the nature of public service in a democracy.

As Liberians look to National Unification Day next week, we encourage all Liberians to reflect on their role in constructively contributing to development and sustaining peace.

 

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.