Citizens of Lofa under the banner: Concerned Citizens of Lofa are urging former Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Nyumah Boakai to retire honorably from politics after spending more than five decades in different portfolios in Government or he would be retired dishonorably.
“Our Uncle [Boakai] is no longer in good health to serve us, according to his own confession during a radio interview recently. Our Uncle has served our country in many capacities for more than 50 years, including being vice president for 12 unbroken years,” the Concerned Citizens said in their petition statement.
The former Liberian Vice President would be 78 years old in 2023 and giving the trend of happenings in the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), he would be contesting against incumbent President George Manneh Weah in his mid-50s.
But the group of Citizens said former Vice President Boakai is being coerced to seek the country’s Presidency by “some unscrupulous and dishonest individuals who have no political gravitas in Liberia. They are doing it for their own selfish political gains at the detriment of our Uncle Joseph Boakai.”
The citizens said they want their Uncle to live a peaceful retirement life with his children and grandchildren instead of going the headache of governing a country that has complex challenges.
“This is the time for people to review how they are governed and how they were governed. And determine whether new blood is necessary to take the country forward,” they indicated.
Mr. Boakai told a BBC Focus on Africa interview early this month that despite his age, he remains fully fit and capable to compete with the incumbent come 2023 general and presidential elections.
The Concerned Citizens led by Mr. Armah Kromah presented their petition to the leadership of the former ruling Unity Party in Voinjama on November 26, 2021.