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Senator McGill Calls for Probe into Ex-President Weah’s Alleged Airport Snub in Liberia

Senator McGill Calls for Probe into Ex-President Weah’s Alleged Airport Snub in Liberia

The Chairman of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) legislative caucus Senator Nathaniel McGill has called on President Joseph Nyuma Boakai to with immediate effect commission an investigation into the alleged recent humiliation of former President George Manneh Weah at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.
Senator McGill is representing the people of Margibi in the 55th National Legislature.
It was widely reported in the media that ex-President Weah, along with his wife Clar and others were prevented by Protocol Officers assigned at the VIP Terminal upon his return to the country from Paris, France on Tuesday- where he has been residing since he democratically handed power over to President Boakai.
But addressing a news conference at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia on Wednesday, February 28, Senator McGill claimed that Mr Weah was disrespected for being denied usage of the terminal constructed and dedicated during his administration.

According to him, the incident has the propensity of threatening Liberia’s peace and stability and as such, it must be probed to establish what went wrong.
He stated that with the limited margin between the UP and CDC during the presidential run-off elections, unity amongst Liberians squarely depends on the manner and form in which the ruling party will treat the leaders of opposition political parties, especially the CDC.
Senator McGill claimed that Mr. Weah represents a significant fraction of the country that did not vote for the UP during the elections and as such, he should not be humiliated or disrespected as a former leader of the country.
He stressed that those responsible for denying the ex-Liberian leader usage of the new terminal should be brought to book and penalize to avoid a reoccurrence of the incident.
“Imagine if all the supporters had gone to the airport to receive (President) Weah; you know what was going to happen at that airport? How can you deny the man who built it (terminal) and besides that, he’s just the immediate past President? We want to condemn it and ask President Boakai and the Ministry of State to investigate because; this threatens our democracy and the peace and security of this country.”
“Why in Liberia we are so hateful? In this country, we hate each other so much. Today Boakai is President. But 2029, he will not be President. So we should allow people to treat him the same way they treating other Presidents? This should not be accepted.”
He observed that during the administration of ex-President Weah, President Boakai and other senior government officials had access to the old VIP terminal which was constructed during the administration of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Author: Mpheza Clara Manda

Luska, Zambia

Senior Correspondent