-Wants Sen. Dillon To Distance Himself from Dec. 30 Protest
By Mark N. Mengonfia
Monrovia, Liberia: Since the pronouncement of a planned protest on December 30, 2019, many Liberians have started getting concern and distancing themselves from said organization.
One politician who has clearly given his opposition to the “Weah Step Down’ Campaign is Alexander of the Alternative National Congress (ANC).
Speaking at a press Conference Wednesday, the President of the Montserrado County Student Union (MONSU), Ibrahim M. Baldoe said “without fear and favor, we want to categorically acknowledge the position statement made by political leader, Alexander Cummings for speaking against the December 30, 2019 protest which calls for the President to step down undemocratically”.
Reading from a prepared text, Baldoe said “The ANC’s political leader must be commended by each and every patriot for such a position”.
Speaking additionally, the MONSU president indicated that as students and history being on their side, they have read about violent removal of sitting presidents in Liberia and around Africa which he said has been marred by violence and bloodshed with students paying the harshest prices.
He said “we categorically condemn the unrealistic thirst of despotic politicians to ruin our hard-earned peace. We believe that this undemocratic act has the proclivity to take our country to the dark days of our history.”
The student group at the same time called on Senator Abraham Darius Dillon who is the official spokesperson for the Council of Patriots (COP) to take the path of Alexander Cummings by distancing himself from the December 30, 2019 planned protest.
Senator Dillon was recently elected to occupy the emptiness created in Montserrado County due to the demise of Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff and he received overwhelming votes of over 100,000 because of his association with the June 7, 2019 protest which added to his popularity.
But the student group said “Senator Dillon was elected by the popular mandate of the people of Montserrado at the ballot box, but not on the basis of a step down campaign.
“Had it not been for the untimely demise of Hon. Sheriff, Hon. Dillon would have waited for an election, but not to call for a step down of sitting democratically elected person which the presidency is of no exception,” MONSU added.
The student grouping that sounded like proxy of some government officials said “we all know the procedures as guaranteed by the Constitution on how to remove a seated president. We call on the COP’ to use the legal processes to call for the stepping down of an elected president.”
The student group said “we are aware that Hon. Dillon is the spokesperson of the COP and he must muster the courage to denounce such undemocratic action as it doesn’t represent the over 100,000 votes he got during the Montserrado by-election for the senate.”
The youth group is not the only institution in Liberia that is showing concern and fear about the upcoming December 30, 2019 much-talked about planned protest, the Liberian Government including the religious community are also concern, but the unanswered question is whether or not Senator Dillon and his followers are willing to boycott their planned protest in the name of maintaining the peace.