Monrovia – According to an Executive mansion release on May 6, 2019, the President of Liberia, H.E. George Weah, has with immediate effect suspended the Deputy Minister for Press and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Fahngon.
Minister Eugene Fahngon’s suspension comes barely hours after the United States Embassy near Monrovia issued a strong statement over concerns of irresponsible comments made in various fora which could impede Liberia’s progress.
U.S Embassy Statement
The Embassy of the United States is concerned by recent comments made in various fora which could impede Liberia’s progress. Those who promote through their words or deeds a Congo-Country divide do not have Liberia’s best interests or that of their constituents at heart, but rather appear motivated by personal ambitions or fears. It is unacceptable for Senator Prince Y. Johnson, Representative Yekeh Kolubah, “ex-generals” or other former actors in Liberia’s civil wars to incite unlawful acts through ill-considered rhetoric that could jeopardize Liberia’s hard-won peace and security.
It is equally irresponsible for people within leadership positions in government or the ruling party to promote such division as Deputy Minister Eugene Fahngon has done on social media. To take such a public stance and suggest it is a private opinion or a personal right reflects a misunderstanding of the nature of public service in a democracy.
President Weah said his Government remains committed to a “one country, one people” policy with zero tolerance on divisive politicking or tribalism.
The Liberian Leader has sent out warning to government officials and all citizens to stop dividing Liberians along ethnic lines.