LIBERIA: Information Minister Descends On Opposition, Wants Them To Stop Demonizing President Weah
Addressing the Ministry of Information regularly press briefing alone with the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, the Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Ledgerhood J. Rennie called on opposition politicians to stop demonizing President George Weah, noting that he is a man of peace.
He said the politics of demonization is the reason why Liberia’s progress has been retarded for years, that is according to Information Minister Ledgerhood J. Rennie, who cautioned Liberians to desist from spewing misinformation and negative propagandas against the Weah-led government.
Min. Rennnie rallies Liberians to rise above the fray and denounce acts mainly by members of the opposition to paint an image to the outside world that Liberia is a fragile nation and that the nation under the current ruling establishment is going down the drain.
The Minister of Information was speaking in Monrovia on Friday at a special press conference held at the ministry on Capitol Hill.
Min. Rennie told Liberians that in the quest to promote democratization by the Government of Liberia, citizens from all walks of life must unite against the politics of deception and machination, noting that everyone has a role to play in the struggle to improve the nation.
“Think about your call to national duty when you talk about your country, that is called patriotism,” said Min. Rennie.
The Minister of Information observed that out of personal political aggrandizement, some Liberians are bent on the spread of negativity against the Weah-led government not knowing that they are doing harm and injuring the reputation of Liberia.
He reminded Liberians to jealously guide the reputation and character of their country by talking about the nation in such a way that will bring about solutions to the state’s problem.
Min. Rennie is of the opinion that Liberia is not problem-free or that all is not rosy here, however, and regarded of the subsisting political differences he wants all Liberians to work along with the government to help take care of the poor and educate the needy.
He wonders as to what is preventing members of the opposition from working along with the government?
The Minister believes that some members of the opposition are noted for having personal hate for Liberia and as such they will go to any extreme to vilify the nation.
In retrospect, Min. Rennin cited how President George M. Weah contributed his services during the regime of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by working as a Peace Ambassador, a post which, according to him, was well served by the current Liberian leader.
“We have to rise above the fray, the discourse has to be refined,” said Min. Rennie, noting that the politics of deception, or pretending not to know will do nothing for Liberia but only tear the nation apart.
Meanwhile, Min. Rennie has called on Liberians to celebrate Pres. Weah who, according to him, has made significant impact in the lives of many Liberians and has also contributed immensely to the development and democracy of Liberia.
He said Pres. Weah is a man of peace and he loves Liberia.