MONROVIA-President George M. Weah has nipped in the bud looming concerns over the country’s security credentials ahead of 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections with the conspicuous appearance of arms and ammunition at the Free Port of Monrovia.
Since then, there have been undiluted concerns at every nook and cranny of the country that the government is unfit to secure a peaceful environment for the conduct of these elections and curb the infiltration of firearms in Liberia.
As Liberians prepare to go to the polls to elect a new government and members of the 55th Legislature coupled with fear of security threats and the reported discovery of a huge consignment of arms and ammunition at the Freeport of Monrovia, President George M. Weah says the security of the country is stable.
The Liberian leader made the assertion recently when he delivered his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) in his first term as President of Liberia on January 30, 2023.
President Weah in delivering the SONA to the 54th Legislature of Liberia said, “We were all recently in shock when we awakened to news of the discovery of a large cache of arms in a container at the Freeport of Monrovia. We applaud the vigilance of all national security agencies for their collaborative efforts in effecting this bust. Coming on the heels of the October elections, this development is a major cause for concern”.
He added, “I have been made aware that the National Police Force continues to pursue every possible lead in their investigation of this illegal act, including diplomatic measures to have the alleged perpetrators face justice”.
In furtherance, the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia said, “As this year marks two decades since the signing of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2003, which ushered in the peaceful environment we continue to enjoy, it is my hope that we can work together – putting aside our political differences – in ensuring that we can all peacefully abide together in our ‘Sweet Land of Liberty’ without the chaos of recent years”.
He then used the occasion and called for collective efforts aimed at protecting the peace of the country and standing as a unit to fight against would-be troublemakers to jealously protect the democracy of the motherland, Liberia.
“In so doing, it is both important and imperative, that we summon our collective will to vigorously confront potential troublemakers and anarchists, by applying the full force of the law that is provided for such circumstances. We owe it to ourselves, to our children, and to our children’s children, to repel and eliminate any threat to our hard-won peace,” continued.
In conclusion of the country, the President left Liberians and the whole with these words, “THE STATE OF OUR NATION IS STRONG!! THE STATE OF OUR NATION IS STABLE!! THE STATE OF OUR NATION IS VIBRANT!! THE STATE OF OUR NATION IS YOUTHFUL!!
THE STATE OF OUR NATION IS PEACEFUL AND SECURE!!
WE INTEND TO KEEP IT THAT WAY”.