Liberia: No Interest in Presidency VP Boakai Replies Critics
Calls for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to step aside for Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai to take over, was Monday denounced with Veep Boakai saying he has no interest to take over.
“For all of those calling for the President to resign or be removed and that I take over, let me pray that you hold your peace.
“I come to make it absolutely clear in no uncertain terms that Unity Party (UP) and I have absolutely, positively, no interest, whatsoever, in an ascendency to power,” Vice President Boakai told journalists at his Capitol Building office Monday.
Campaigners, including Mr. Cyril Allen, former chairman of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), now a fierce critic of President Sirleaf, have been calling on the President to step down and allow her Vice President to take over.
They claimed that the President now lacks the will to fight corruption, a menace that she declared as public enemy during her inaugural address in 2006.
Simeon Freeman, leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) says that he too will solicit thousands of votes to press the President to resign.
However, Vice President Boakai reacted to the calls and noted that the people overwhelmingly elected him and the President and as such, he remains “firmly committed to the unhindered growth and development of our political system and country.”
He also emphasized that he will remain committed to the unambiguous mandate given to him by the people for him and the President to steer the country from its difficult immediate past to a prosperous society.
“The Liberian people of their free will under a democratic climate, reached a resounding decision to retain the Sirleaf-Boakai slate at the stewardship of this nation. “Since then, gains after gains have been recorded and the nation continues to enjoy the confidence of both the citizenry and the committee of nations,” Dr. Boakai noted.
He further indicated that as a government, they have no intention to distract from the platform of the Unity Party (UP).
Veep Boakai also stressed that adherence to the tenets of democracy, the pursuit of reconciliation and scrupulous respect for human rights remain the central focus of the UP-led administration.
“It is important to remind all of us that the freedom that our constitution guarantees for all, comes with an equal measure of responsibility.
“If we must create a peaceful, more secure, stable and prosperous nation in which each of us can advance the cause of our beloved Liberia,” he cautioned.