…..Freeman Justifies Citizens’ Action
By Alloycious David
Vice President Joseph N. Boakai might have had a terrible experience Wednesday when he was reportedly booed by some angry citizens in Clara Town, the suburb of Monrovia.
Vice President Boakai, who is seeking to replace President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, went to Clara Town to attend an endorsement program by Friends For the Future (3F) when some citizens reportedly booed him.
A day after the reported incident, the Political leader for the Movement of Progressive Change (MPC) said the Vice President deserved the reported humiliation inflicted on him by some aggrieved residents of Clara Town.
He said the citizens’ action sends a clear message to the Vice President and individuals, who amassed wealth at the expense of the people during the 12 years of the Unity Party rule, that they will not be elected during this year’s representatives and presidential elections.
“By booing him, he was reminded about the difficulties the people have been subjected to by the Unity Party led government,” Freeman said.
Boakai, according to Freeman, has never visited that community since he became vice president almost 12 years ago, but went to the community because he wants to be elected as President of Liberia.
He noted that residents of Clara Town have spoken unequivocally that the Vice President should not campaign in their community.
Freeman said Boakai cannot detach himself from the failure of the government because according to him, he who remains silent in the face of injustice is himself a perpetrator of inequalities.
He said Boakai had the opportunity to quit from the Unity Party government, but failed to do so only because he was getting US$ 2.1 million annually in the national budget.
Freeman accused the vice president of doing nothing to impact the lives of the people in Lofa, as well as other Liberians.
He alleged that Boakai was sleeping when concessions including Buchanan Renewal Energy (BRE) were signed into law.
Freeman indicated that Boakai is a liability to Liberia who was only concerned about his allotment in the national budget.
He lauded the people of Clara Town for their position and called on other communities across the country to take similar position by not electing Boakai and the Unity Party.