President George Weah has with immediate effect condemned the violent protest that occurred on July 26 between a group calling itself Coalition for Democratic Change—Council of Patriots and the campus-based vanguard Student Unification Party.
The protest led to the injuries of several individuals, some of whom are said to be in critical condition.
Meanwhile, addressing the nation Monday afternoon, the Liberian leader said the maintenance of peace and stability in Liberia rests on the shoulders of all Liberians—hence the need to desist from any forms of violence.
I have stressed in all my public engagements the need to maintain the hard-earned peace that we now enjoy… This is a cause for which I have made a personal sacrifice as an ambassador of peace. So if you claim to love me or follow my political ideology, you cannot do so with violence, “Pres. Weah said.
The Liberian leader further asserted that anyone or group that has his image on a banner in support of him and his government has to always be peaceful, respectful, and tolerant.
“You cannot support a man of peace by being violent. “I also want to stress, as the founding father of the Congress for Democratic Change, now the Coalition for Democratic Change, that we do not have any CDC-COP within our organization,” he emphasized during his address.
He cautioned those who are joining the CDC to be aware that the CDC has zero tolerance for violence. As such, those attempting to undermine the gains the country has made through violence will be exposed.
“When you come to join us, you become a CDC partisan of peace, democracy and development,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Weah has instructed state prosecutors to move in immediately by arresting and prosecuting those who orchestrated the bloody protest on July 26, the country’s Independence Day.
“Therefore, I have mandated the Ministry of Justice and the entire national security apparatus to immediately arrest all those involved in the violent incident on July 26, 2022 and ensure that they face the full weight of the law,” he said in a very strong voice.
At the same time, the Liberian leader has mandated health authorities to ensure those who sustained injuries during the protest receive the best medical treatment at the expense of the government.
“I have also instructed the Minister of Health to ensure that all those who sustained injuries during the violent attack are given the best medical treatment at the expense of the government,” President Weah highlighted.
Weah asserted that Liberia remains a country of laws despite its political differences, stressing that “we are one nation, one people united under God’s command.” “God Bless Liberia.”
In a separate development, President Weah expressed heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all Liberians and friends of Liberia alike, for the beautiful celebration of the country’s 175th Independence Day on July 26, 2022.
“I am also grateful to neighboring heads of state and other dignitaries who joined us to mark this very important milestone in our nation’s history, including President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, “President Mohammadou Buhari of Nigeria and President Adama Barrow of the Gambia.”
He added that: “I also seize this opportunity to thank the government and people of the United States of America for the historical gift of solidarity and to President Biden for his invitation to join him in Washington, DC, in December to discuss peace and development along with other African leaders.”