Margibi County, Liberia- Partisans, supporters and well-wishers of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change have turn out in their numbers at the Roberts International Airport to welcome President George Weah back into the country after attending the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The buildup which has been going on for almost a week now, saw the printing of thousand of T-Shirts by the party for distribution among partisans and citizens who wanted to form part of the President’s welcoming ceremony.
Our correspondent at the RIA says, Liberians of all ages and walks of life, including all government agencies are present at the airport.
Besides formally addressing the UN body on the 26th of September, President Weah previously made an address at the 100th Mandela Peace Summit on September 24, 2018, and held series of meetings with world leaders, business CEOs and major international political players, including President Trump’s lawyer, former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. The Liberia President also paid a visit to the West Point Military Academy in New York, visited the Michigan National Guard, and was hosted at an official dinner by the Governor of Michigan.
President Weah’s UN trip was not void of controversies. Before leaving Liberia, his government was rocked by a L16$ billion scandal, and while in the United States, some Liberians staged a protest for the establishment of a war Crimes Court in the Country. In addition, there was a controversy about a picture which shows the Liberian President posing alongside the United States President and his wife, and the Liberian first lady. There are still ongoing arguments about the authenticity of the picture, as the opposition have been disproving its reality in many different ways.
Another controversy that came into play during the President’s United Nations visit, was the type of visa he was believed to have been given by the United States government. Members of the opposition claimed, the President was given a C2 or restricted visa, which ultimately prohibited him from travelling above 20 miles from the United Nations headquarters. This was more like a fact after the President didn’t show up for an intercessory prayer held in his honor at a church in Staten Island, New York. However, the story seemed to be a false alarm by the opposition, as the President traveled out of New York to Michigan to attend other events.
Despite controversies surrounding the Presidents visit to the United Nations, some supporters of the CDC who spoke to The Liberian Billboard said, the President’s trip was a huge success. Said a CDCian, “Their ( referring to the opposition) argument during the campaign was, George Weah will not be able to address the United Nations. The man has addressed the UN and met many world leaders. He was honored. This calls for celebration.”
The President is expected to touch down at 10:00am local time and The Liberian Billboard will bring you subsequent developments.