Former World Footballer of the Year and a Member of the Senate of the Republic of Liberia, Senator George Weah, has pledged to make meaningful contribution as a newly sworn-in member of the ECOWAS Parliament.
Weah spoke, on Monday, while responding to questions from journalists shortly after the opening of the 2015 First Ordinary Session of the community parliament in Abuja.
He stressed that he has always dedicated his entire life to serving the African continent and the regional body.
“I have dedicated my entire life to serving our continent and ECOWAS. And I think being a Senator coming to ECOWAS Parliament, I would observe, I would listen and all of the issues that can enhance the work of the ECOWAS, I will be willing to do that whether it is a debate, whether it is a written letter. I just want to play my part, I just want to serve,” he said.
“I have great experience in my entire life as a former ambassador of UNICEF and then as a peace ambassador for Republic of Liberia and being a sportsman where I played to the higher level. I think that the fact that I am working in my community and in the entire region, whether it is Guinea, whether it is Ghana, whether it is in Nigeria, I think I have a lot to bring on board.
“I am a community man and also the political leader of the biggest political party in the Republic of Liberia. So, I have a lot of things that I have to share with ECOWAS in terms of security, the economic situations in our countries and democratic processes in Africa which should be respected,” Weah said.
The Liberian senator, who was sworn-in by the Speaker of the community parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, alongside his colleague from the same country, also decried the deaths of Africans in the Mediterranean Sea, describing it as unfortunate.
“Well there are two things there; I must be honest with you. Sometimes, we take decision we don’t know but again it is unfortunate that our brothers, sisters decided to go away in tragedy. I will not encourage anyone to get on a ship to go for such trip,” Weah said.
He said it was sad that many of the victims perished in the sea due to economic hardship at home.
“There are two types of war in Africa. Some countries have war and some have war which is poverty,” he said.
He called on the ECOWAS to address those issues that could have triggered such voyage in order to protect the lives of its citizens.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
-US Senator John McCain(At National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia)
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