President Weah pledges free, simply Liberia at inauguration



    By Harrison Arubu
    Former soccer star, George Weah, on Monday took the oath of workplace because the 24th President of Liberia with a pledge to construct an equal, free and simply nation.

    Delivering his inaugural tackle, Weah promised to do the whole lot inside his powers to be the agent of change that Liberians had yearned for over time.


    He emphasised that corruption wouldn’t be condoned in his authorities, emphasising that authorities officers caught enriching themselves on the expense of the folks can be prosecuted.

    <a href=”’s-inaugural-speech-.mp3″>Weah’s inaugural speech</a>


    “It is my perception that the best method to immediately influence the poor, and to slender the hole between the wealthy and poor is to make sure that public sources don’t find yourself within the pockets of presidency officers.

    “I additional imagine that the overwhelming mandate I’ve acquired from the Liberian folks is a mandate to finish corruption within the public service. I promise to ship on this mandate.

    “As officers of presidency, it’s time to put the curiosity of our folks above our personal egocentric pursuits. It is time to be trustworthy with our folks

    “For those that don’t chorus from enriching themselves on the expense of the folks, the regulation will take its course. I say at the moment that you’ll be prosecuted to the complete extent of the regulation.’’

    Weah famous that though corruption had develop into an behavior among the many folks, authorities officers should lead by instance by refraining from it.

    He stated employees should be paid a residing wage so as to not use poor remuneration as excuse to bask in stealing of public sources.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) studies that Weah was sworn in at midday by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Korkpor, on the packed Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia.

    He 51-year-old took over from Africa’s first lady elected President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who sustained peace within the war-torn nation throughout her 12-year tenure.

    It is Liberia’s first switch of energy from one democratically elected president to a different in over 70 years.

    The historic occasion was witnessed by a number of African heads of states, together with these of Senegal, Ghana, Gabon, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone and Cote D’Ivoire.

    President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

     Other eminent personalities from Nigeria have been former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former army Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Gov, Rochas Okorocha of Imo.

    Obasanjo advised newsmen on arrival on the airport earlier that he was proud to witness a peaceable democratic switch of energy in Liberia  contemplating the massive sacrifices made by Nigeria for peace and stability within the nation.

    “I am very happy over what is happening in Liberia today and I congratulate my brothers and sisters in this great country,” he stated.

    Abubakar, described the peaceable transition in Liberia as a great factor for democracy in West Africa and the continent.


    Fellow African soccer stars, together with former Super Eagles midfielder Austin Okocha; Weah’s former teammates, Sunday Oliseh; Samuel Eto’o of Cameroun and Didier Drogba Ivory Coast, witnessed the ceremony.

    Weah promised to do “my fair proportion to satisfy your expectations’’, however urged the folks to satisfy his want by rising as much as defend their freedom, justice and the change they voted for.

    He thanked the worldwide group for his or her assist to Liberia, together with the European Union the place he rose to stardom taking part in for a number of top-flight soccer golf equipment.

    NAN studies that crowds of enthusiastic Liberians thronged the stadium, singing, dancing and waving flags.