Monrovia — Joseph Boakai and Benoni Urey’s fresh flight to Nigeria on a personal jet has reawakened and shifted the criticisms of President George Weah’s preferment for non-public jets to the opposition group, with President Weah himself additionally throwing coloration on the opposition figures.
Speaking to a gaggle of Liberians right through a the town corridor assembly in Washington, D.C., President George Weah described the opposition leaders who continuously criticized him as “jokers” and “not serious”.
“The people argue that when the President travel on a private plane, they tell him that it’s wrong, but these are the same people – they’re all in private jet, taking pictures and posting them on Facebook. When I get in a private plane, it’s to go work for you… “
President Weah’s feedback come within the wake of a up to date travel to Nigeria via former Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party and his closest political best friend and businessman Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP). According to the Unity Party, the pair and their friends had long gone to fulfill some Nigerian businesspeople and politicians to speak about their plans for the Liberian presidency and the 2023 elections.
They had traveled to fulfill Nigerian flesh presser and businessman Prince Nduka Obaigbena who owns the This Day newspaper in Nigeria.
Details of the discussions have now not been made public, however stories say the Liberian politicians from the opposition block have been invited over to speak about their plans for the rustic and the 2023 elections.
Amid the criticisms that Amb. Boakai who has at all times situated himself as the person of the downtrodden and criticized the abuse of public assets raised a large number of eyebrows when footage of him along side Urey and Urey’s daughter in a personal jet.
However, Ms. Urey – additionally a political candidate – instructed FrontPageAfrica that the 2 opposition figures didn’t board the non-public jet from Liberia, however slightly, used it to shuttle from one state to some other and used to be despatched via a Nigerian businessman.
UP Secretary General Amos Tweah instructed OK FM in Monrovia that the non-public jet belongs to a chum of Mr. Boakai, who lives in Nigeria.
Commenting on using the non-public jet on social media, John Williams stated:
“The Liberian people have the right to know who the business people are in Nigeria that are making their private jets available to presidential candidate Boakai. Because businesspeople “make investments” in long-term projects! Therefore, those businesspeople in Nigeria could be “surroundings their traps”, as Liberians say! And that’s why Liberians have the right to know Boakai’s business friends are. Are they criminals or not?”
Amid the criticisms, the Boakai enthusiasts and supporters argue that, in contrast to President Weah who has get entry to to taxpayers’ cash, Boakai’s shuttle on a personal jet has no bearing at the economic system.
Victor Davis additionally commented: “How is it legal in nature for a personal citizen to trip a personal jet? How is it draining the economic system or executive funds? He isn’t the use of taxpayer cash to do what he’s doing. So, the place the unsuitable in it lies?
However, Sylvester Rennie counter-argued on social media, “If your man them in opposition and ridding private jets and good cars when they control our country’s resources dah when they will fly non-private jets?”
When President Weah took workplace in 2018, he got here underneath immense power for at all times flying a personal jet with many speculations that the jet belonged to him. It used to be additionally speculated amongst opposition figures that the President had secretly bought the jet for over US$30 million as observers took be aware of the airplane’s steady presence on the Roberts International Airport.
The Executive Mansion categorically denied that the jet which have been taking the President on a lot of his regional journeys used to be been bought via him.
“The plane is a private plane being provided to the President to facilitate his travels. It is not owned by the President; neither is it a chartered plane. We have been blessed to have a President who has many friends,” the Executive Mansion said in a press on the time.
Some speculations steered that the airplane is being leased on a per thirty days foundation relying at the President’s shuttle.
The Executive Mansion: “The airplane issue is causing problems. We don’t have a bus, how will we buy a $30 million plane? Where do they get this kind of news from? It is not possible for us to buy a plane for US$30 million; we are just coming to office”, the President quipped.
“The airplane they are talking about is for my friend, who is the manager of a big company in Burkina Faso. He told me to use it anytime I want to travel because he has seen me use planes owned by Ivory Coast and others. He wants me to use a plane that is not labeled to boost my morale too,” the Liberian President added.