Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan
Ngafuah Warns Against ‘Political County Meet’ In 2017
MONROVIA, June 8 (LINA) - Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan has signaled that he cannot discount regional or county background as a factor in the 2017 presidential elections, calling for care that the 2017 presidential elections would not be "a political county meet."
The former student leader and former Finance Minister wants Liberian voters to elect a goal-getter, someone with a solid record of performance.
He wants the decision as to who should lead the nation to be "approached with the same level of soberness and level-headedness that must be demonstrated by a football team coach.”
This decision borders on the coach’s quest when determining which one of his players should take a penalty kick called by the referee in the 89th minute of a crucial final match which had been tied at 0-0.
At this point, he said the name, height, age, religion, county, tribe of the person to be selected by the coach will not matter, a Foreign Ministry release said.
“The only thing that would matter to the coach is which one of the players is best suited to convert this glorious opportunity into a goal,” Minister Ngafuan told an audience in the United Kingdom.
He urged the Liberian voters to take cue from the record of service or achievement in whatever previous capacities presidential aspirants might have served the country by asking whether they were goal-getters or achievers in those previous capacities.
Speaking at the induction ceremony of officers-elect of the Union of Liberian Organizations in the United Kingdom (ULO - UK), Ngafuan questioned: "What type of achievement record do they have; achievements for Liberia and Liberians or achievements for themselves, their families or cronies?"
He recommended that Liberian voters should elect a nationalist as their next leader and be circumspect of aspirants who would "wrap themselves primarily in county, tribal, religious or some other flag instead of wrapping themselves up primarily in the Liberian flag."