LIBERIA: ‘I am Destined By God To Defeat Any Opposition Presidential Candidate In 2023’ – President Weah Brags
As the 2023 general and presidential elections draw closer, the political leader of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change, CDC, President George M. Weah has publicly bragged that he is destined by God to defeat any presidential candidates in the pending 2023 elections, and further assured of his victory at all cost.
The Liberian leader made the statement on last Friday during the observing of his 56th birthday at the Forky Jlaleh Family Fellowship Church in Monrovia, also used the occasion to criticize opposition politicians who he noted are sending out native messages to the world about his leadership, stressing, “I am destined by God to defeat opposition politicians in the pending 2023 elections.
Speaking further with loud applauds from the audience and supporters of his government, President Weah further boasted that he is the only one who can transform Liberia, and bragged further that no one opposition politician can defeat him at the poll.
The statement by the Liberian leader seems to ponder many Liberians as to why he believes that he will be the only formidable candidate in the upcoming elections when Liberia has been rocked with corruption that led some of key officials to be sanctioned by the United States Treasury Department for massive corruption and other punishable acts against the Liberian people.
In last August of this year, the United States imposed sanctions on three Liberian government officials, including President George Weah’s chief of staff, for what it says is their ongoing involvement in public corruption, the U.S. Treasury Department said.
The sanctions target Weah’s Chief of Staff Nathaniel McGill, Liberia’s Chief Prosecutor Sayma Syrenius Cephus and Bill Twehway, the managing director of the National Port Authority.
“Through their corruption these officials have undermined democracy in Liberia for their own personal benefit,” Brian Nelson, Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.
The designations “demonstrate that the United States remains committed to holding corrupt actors accountable and to the continued support of the Liberian people,” he said.
McGill, Cephus and Twehway are being designated as foreign government officials who allegedly engaged in corruption including the misappropriation of state assets, taking private assets for personal gain, or bribery, according to the statement.
Under the sanctions, all property and interests in property of the three officials that are in the United States must be blocked and reported to Treasury, while people who engage in transactions with the officials may be subject to sanctions themselves, the statement said.