George Weah asks opponent to nominate candidates for appointment in his govt

Liberian Senator and 2017 presidential candidate George Weah at RFI studios in Paris, May 2017. [Photo credit: LA Bagnetto & RFI]

In a move that suggests a desire to unite the country after the recent presidential run-off election, the president-elect of Liberia, George Weah has asked his opponent to suggest capable candidates for appointment into his government.

The former football star who won a landslide in the December 26, 2017 run-off election, visited his opponent in the election and the outgoing vice president, Joseph Boakai.

Mr. Weah wrote in his Facebook page that he visited Mr Boakai on New Year’s Day as “a sign of solidarity and good will”, saying the election was over and that Liberia was the true winner.

“I informed him that Liberia is the true winner, and that we must all work collectively in the best interest of our Country,” he wrote.

“I further intimated that he’s a man of impeccable character and experience, and that his expertise will be needed in order to move our Country forward. I further assured him that he will be granted due courtesy according to the law as a statesman and outgoing VP.

“Finally, I did suggest to him to put forth his people that he believes are capable of helping us move Liberia forward. Happy new year to you all,” he wrote.

Mr Boakai conceded defeat to Mr Weah even before the final results of the election was announced. He explained that he did so because he wanted to prevent bloodshed.

“I reject any temptation of imposing pain, hardship, agony, and uncertainty upon our people. My name will not be used as an excuse for one drop of human blood to be spilled in this country,” he said.

Below is Mr. Weah’s Facebook post.

“Earlier today, I paid a courtesy visit to the Honorable Vice President, Hon. Joseph Nyumah Boakai as a sign of solidarity and good will; and to wish him happy new year. I expressed to him that the elections are over now, and that there’s no winner here.

“I informed him that Liberia is the true winner, and that we must all work collectively in the best interest of our Country. I further intimated that he’s a man of impeccable character and experience, and that his expertise will be needed in order to move our Country forward. I further assured him that he will be granted due courtesy according to the law as a statesman and outgoing VP.

“Finally, I did suggest to him to put forth his people that he believes are capable of helping us move Liberia forward. Happy new year to you all.

“May God bless you.”


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  • Vincent Asimole

    Good move Mr. Weah..hopefully it won’t b a mere speech…Wetin follow power big pass power…my president can attest to that …”am for everybody ,I belong to nobody”

    • Julius

      Well said. We wish him the best !

  • share Idea

    I am silently shading tears in office while reading this article. How a simple act (my election does not worth the blood of any Nigerian) of one man (GEJ) that so despised by his people (vocal cabals), is being replicated in Africa for the progress of mankind while the acclaimed Mr Integrity’s act (if not elected Monkey & Baboon would be soaked in blood) is never referenced as model of democracy outside the shores of Dauora.

    • So oju abe niko

      Mr/Madam Drama, abeg… True, the man copied the message directly from GEJ. I will not even rule out that GEJ encouraged him to do so – remember GEJ was in the neighbourhood as the head of international observers (I think).

  • Hero

    My advice to Mr George Weah is that for Liberia to progress, he should be transparent, seek honest and correct advice and be decisive. He would accomplish his goals. God bless you for starting well.

  • So oju abe niko

    Very nice of both the outgoing VP and the president-elect to exhibit genuine statesmanship. However, I am never a fan of Government of national unity. In Africa, it can be a treacherous slope to a one-party state. We should have independent opposition to highlight the shortcomings of the government. A vibrant independent opposition is essential in any successful democracy.

  • Buhari must read this article. Any Nigerian who doesn’t believe in generational change in Nigeria must read this political masterstroke by George Weah of Liberia. George Weah may have laid the foundation for a peaceful and successful term in office. Congratulations to the Liberians. They are the winners.
    As Buhari continues to demonize his predecessor and blame everyone for his ineptitude.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      You should have given Hero that advice when he was using our soldiers and budget monies to steal and rig elections everywhere.

      A demon can only be called a demon because that’s what it is.

      • The last time I checked, there had been no trial nor conviction in a competent court. Only media trials. Buhari has destroyed Nigeria.

  • James dweh

    well done mr president this show of unity and readyness for our country rebuildind Process.

  • James dweh

    THANKS MR PRESIDENT, FOR YOUR grateful thoughts THIS IS WHAT HAS BEING LACKING IN OUR BELOVED MAMA LIBERIA OVER PAST YEARS