Government Yet To Receive COP’s Petition
The Government of Liberia has disclosed that the much-publicized petition of the Council of Patriots (COP) is yet to be given to the appropriate authorities of government.
Addressing the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism, Deputy Information Minister for Press and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, Eugene L. Fahngon said the Government of Liberia is yet to receive the petition from the Council of Patriots (COP).
Last Friday, a group of Liberians under the banner, “Council of Patriots (COP) staged a mass protest against the George M. Weah Government, accusing the President of failing to tackle the deepening economic situation, bad governance, among others.
The protest brought together over 5,000 protesters in Monrovia, but organizers failed to present their list of demands despite the presence of a high-powered Government delegation that had gone to the protest scene to receive the petition from COP.
The protest’s organizers, Council of Patriots (COP) outlined a comprehensive list of demands covering governance, human rights and the rule of law, national peace & reconciliation, integrity and accountability, among others.
But speaking yesterday, Minister Fahngon reiterated that the Government of Liberia has not received any document form COP, though officials of the protest organizers say they have given their demands to the Government of Liberia.
Fahngon said the government remains open for dialogue from all Liberians but clarified that government’s representation has not received any document in the form of petition except what he saw on facebook which is not the proper recipient for a petition for and on behalf of the Government of Liberia.
But when contacted, the spokesman for the Council of Patriots, Abraham Darius Dillon rubbished the Deputy Minister’s claims, adding that the petition was submitted to the Executive Mansion since Monday, June 10, 2019.
He said, “Except there is not a coordinated government with adequate cooperation in the administration that is why they will not be in the know that the Government of Liberia has since received the petition.