President of Liberia, George Weah on Monday announced the suspension of his junior press minister for increasing the ethnic tensions in the country, Liberia has experienced two civil wars which claimed the lives of 250,000 people.
Eugene nehngon was suspended over his comments and for a big anti-government demonstration on June 7 was engineered by the so-called “Congo Liberians,” or descendants of freed slaves who returned from the United States to found Africa’s first independent republic.
Weah, who overcame childhood poverty to become an international football legend, is not from this class, which has dominated politics in Liberia for 170 years.
According to a statement released, Weah and his government were “committed to a ‘one country, one people’ policy with zero tolerance on divisive politicking or tribalism.
“I will not go for the June 7 demonstration,” Fahngon had said on Facebook. “It is the Congo people who are behind the June 7 demonstration.”
The US embassy on Monday said it was “concerned by recent comments made in various forums which could impede Liberia’s progress.
“Those who promote through their words or deeds a Congo-Country divide do not have Liberia’s best interests or that of their constituents at heart, but rather appear motivated by personal ambitions or fears.”