By Tina S. Mehnpaine – Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, December 6, 2019.
The Montserrado County Student Union in Northwestern Liberia has condemned a planned December 30 George Weah step-down campaign organized by the Council of Patriots. Political pundits have described the move as “Huge support for George Weah”
The Liberian President is heavily criticised with many accusing him of plunging the West African country into an economic crisis. This has led to Henry Pedro Costa, a popular Liberian Radio Show Host based in Delaware, USA organising a protest from December 30, 2019, to demand Weah resigns.
Speaking at a news conference, Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the Barnes Foundation School in Lakpazee, Sinkor in Monrovia metropolitan area, the Montserrado County Student Union’s President, Ibrahim M. Baldee termed the protest as unconstitutional, adding it has the power to disturb the peace and security of the West African country.
The Union also stated students have always been used by politicians for personal gains to ruin the peace of the country. Ibrahim furthered that students of Liberia have read about the violent removal of a sitting President by protest, adding most often students pay dearly with their lives.
As students we have come to a place where we do not want to go back to the dark days of Liberia, he stated. The Montserrado County Student Union is a helping hand to the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), a source told National Telegraph, adding its declaration a big win for George Weah.
The Montserrado County Students Union also called on Senator Darius Dillion of Montserrado County to distance himself from the planned December 30 protest. Senator Darius Dillion is one of the chief organizers of the planned protest, sources say. The Union has also reminded the Senator he was elected overwhelmingly by the people of Montserrado County and not on the basis of a step-down protest.
May peace be into her ashes Senator Geraldine-Doe Sherriff, had it not been her death Senator Dillion would have waited for an election instead of calling for a step down of elected officials, the students noted.
This move from the Union comes just when Justice Minister, Frank Musah Dean in a letter, Monday, December 2, 2019, stated the step-down campaign is not in accordance with the Constitution of Liberia, saying Weah can only be removed from office by impeachment as provided under Article 62.