A fierce critic of the Liberian government, Henry P. Costa was smiling and walking superbly with his passport in hands as he landed in the United States following days of marathon run from Liberia .
He was greeted by some colleagues and in a social media video Mr. Costa wasted no time in uttering few words to some onlookers or friends who greeted him at the airport. Said Costa “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” The saying reflects USA long struggle with racial, economic and gender inequality and interestingly one of the lines in the national anthem carries such phrase.
Following the comments many presume that the CoP leader will seek asylum following the incident that resulted to his escape from Liberia headed by George Weah who he is criticizing locally and international.
Speaking to the British Broadcasting Corporation , Mr. Costa says he will return to Liberia in May this year but did not give exact day for his return to Liberia “I will return to my country in May of this year, let them arrest me at the airport, charge me with whatever crimes, let them prosecute me. I will return.”
He told the BBC that the Weah government is putting together what he calls a “cheap farce” because the document they are raising questions about was presented to immigration officers upon his arrival in the country in December of 2019.
“I returned to Liberia on the 19th of December, presented to the immigration at the airport this particular document which they accepted, they validated, they stamped it and they allowed me entry into my country.”
The CoP leader said, he is being harassed because he’s exposing the Liberian government to the world about their corrupt activities, stressing that majority of the Liberian people are suffering why president Weah rides private jets and speaks messages of hate .
Commenting on tribal line or Americo-Liberian scenario, Mr Costa said the issue is not about tribes but about the present economic hardship in the country. Said Mr. Costa: “I belong to the Kpelleh tribe, my tribe is the largest tribe in the country. I’m a Kpelleh man. The President’s tribe is way smaller than my tribe. The issue here is – this is what the President always says, when he flies private jet while people are suffering and then he says oh!, they’re saying these things about me because I’m a country boy without realizing how badly he’s running the country and everybody is concerned, including those who voted for him.”
The political commentator also vows to continue his advocacy role for the people of Liberia.
He has lauded Sierra Leone human rights group and the country’s President, Julius Maada Bio for not listening to the request from the Liberian government who was seeking his return. “Thank God first, and then you, Mr. President. A really decent human being and leader” costa posted on his social media.
Meanwhile, Liberia’s Minister of Information, Eugene L. Nagbe told BBC news day program Wednesday January 15, 2020 that Mr. Costa must channel his issues to the court and to prove his innocence.
“The record in Liberia since Mr. president became president says otherwise there are no political prisoner in Liberia, that does not mean that if there is violation of Liberian laws the government should take no legal action at all. We are not in the business of violating people’s right” Nagbe lamented .
He boasted that the country now has a vibrant opposition, a vibrant media and as such Mr. Costa will not be harmed in Liberia .