Commentary A Response to Mr. Cummings’ Derision By: Sam Mannah Presidential Press Secretary

Wednesday, 13th June 2018
Presidential Press Secretary Sam Mannah addressing a news conference.
Presidential Press Secretary Sam Mannah addressing a news conference.
I am amazed by the regurgitation of nothingness being proffered by the Leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings.
It’s quite astonishing that the failed politician who only came to the limelight a fortnight ago to pursue his desire to lead a nation he abandoned during its dark days would pretend to love it the most; to insinuate that he has the solution to its problems.
What’s amusing the most, is that he has the audacity to accuse the President, George Manneh Weah of making questionable decisions, even going to the extent to suggest that the country is doomed for failure.
While this is wishful thinking on the part of Mr. Cummings, I wish to inform him that governance is quite different from selling a bottle of Coke. Governance is about putting the right mechanisms in place to ensure that the needs of the citizenry are addressed; something our President has done and continues to do since his inauguration five months ago.
I cannot emphasize enough how committed the President is to bring about total transformation to the lives of the Liberian people, which is why he has put measures into place to stabilize and jumpstart the economy, embarked on a robust road construction initiative to finally address the major road deficit we have been plagued with for decades, as well as focus on delivering tangibles for the Liberian people through the implementation of several impact driven pro-poor initiatives.
Mr. Cummings claimed that our President doesn’t seem to have a strategy to govern, but I like to remind him that delivering for the people you have lived with and known for the past five decades doesn’t require a strategy, but provision of their basic needs and wants. This is something our President has been doing, unlike Mr. Cummings who will need a strategy because he doesn’t understand the plight of the Liberian people, owing to his protracted absence from the Country, and as such lacks proper understanding of the issues confronting the average Liberian.
It’s bemusing that with all the strategies Mr. Cummings put forth during the just ended elections, he was massively rejected by the Liberian people and his party was not able to win a single legislative seat. Gone are the days when we will have people use Liberia as a retirement farm. Lest he is unaware, Liberians need true patriots, not tourists.