The controversial Council of Patriots of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC-COP) has issued its response to the directive by President George Weah to with immediate effect order the Ministry of Justice and the entire national security apparatus to arrest all those involved in the violent incident on July 26, 2022.
President Weah ordered that the national security network must also ensure that those arrested face the full weight of the law.
But in its response to the directive through a statement signedby Foday N. Massaquoi,
National Secretary General,
and approved by Ben B. Togbah, National Chairman, the CDC-COP reiterated that it is an independent nonviolent civil rights political movement that chose to support the government based on its unwavering love for the country and the magnanimous transformations being implemented by the government. Therefore, the group declares that it takes full responsibility for its actions and inactions.
“Meanwhile, we maintain that the unfortunate scene on July 26 at the American Embassy is a calculated plan by the failed opposition to use youths and students to instigate violence and defame the government. The CDC-COP symbolizes peace, unity, nonviolence and good governance,” added the group.
Notwithstanding, the CDC-COP noted it has immediately reached out to its legal team and indicated it will cooperate with the Liberia National Police (LNP) and whatever decision thereto.
“Fellow Liberians and members of the press; the National Executive Council of the nation’s premier and biggest civil rights political movement-CDC-COP states categorically clear that we welcome the President’s message of maintaining the peace of our common patrimony, Liberia.”
In a statement broadcast on state radio ELBC on Monday, August 1, 2022, President strongly denounced the recent violence involving the two rival groups from the students of the University of Liberia campus-based Students Unification Party (SUP) and CDC-COP on July 26, 2022.
He noted that anyone or group that has his image on a banner in support of the ruling party and the Government must be peaceful, respectful and tolerant.
“I have stressed, in all my public engagements, the need to maintain the hard-earned peace that we now enjoy, and this is a cause for which I have lent personal sacrifice-as an Ambassador of Peace,” President Weah emphasized.
According to him, anyone or group who supports his political ideology and love him should disengage from any form of violence.
He further said that as the founding father of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), now the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), he does not have any CDC-COP within his organization.
“When you come to join us, you become a CDC partisan of peace, democracy and development,” he stressed.
“I have also instructed the Minister of Health to ensure that all those who sustained injuries during the violent attack be given the best medical treatment at the expense of the government,” he disclosed.
He added: “Liberia remains a country of laws, despite our political differences. We are one nation, one people united under God’s command.”