MONROVIA – While the Government of Liberia through its Ministry of Information says it is concerned over reports of the ill health of former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who is said to have checked into a local hospital last week; and that it has initiated contacts with family members of the former Vice President, offering to help in whatever way they deem necessary, Ambassador Boakai seems to have upended the Government of Liberia when he appeared in a video conversation last Saturday expressing thanks to God for his recovery, saying he is well. JNB, as Ambassador Boakai is affectionately called, also used the occasion to express his support for his Lofa County homeland as they prepare to battle Nimba today Sunday in the finals of the National County Meet.
In a very upbeat manner, JNB, as Ambassador Boakai is affectionately called, responded to a reporter’s request for his advice to the Lofa County Soccer team by stating he has nothing to worry over because victory for Lofa County is certain in the National County Meet finals.
“Well, the first thing I can say is that success is sure. Nimba people are my people. We’re very close, so we will be lenient with them; only 2 goals,” VP Boakai stated enthusiastically, as the journalists broke into laughter.
Further pressed on what special message he could proffer Liberians far and near who were watching him live, Ambassador Boakai, who was dressed in pajamas, laughingly stated: “Don’t be surprised by seeing me on the field. I am feeling very well, thank God”.
The statement from VP Boakai comes in the wake of a Unity Party press release issued January 13, 2023 in reaction to the Information Ministry press release on the former Vice President’s health condition. The Unity Party in its press release termed as a diabolical lie the statement from the Government of Liberia that it has initiated contacts with family members of the former Vice President and offered to help in whatever way they deem necessary.
According to Unity Party Secretary General Amos Tweh, it can be recalled that on the January 12, 2023, Keff Hassan of the Spoon FM talk show reported that President George Weah called the former Vice President and Standard Bearer of the Unity Party Joseph Nyuma Boakai and offered to fly him out of the country.
“The Unity Party and family members of Amb. Boakai have refuted the criminally contrived propaganda as the public severely descended on such childish, irresponsible and desperate attempts by the Presidency to play politics with a momentarily unwell condition of a statesman.
“The Unity Party considers the government’s release as yet another callous attempt to save face and create the false impression that Amb. Joseph Nyuma Boakai’s health condition is very serious and he is unable to pay his medical bills.
“The Unity Party hereby informs the public that the failed and visibly out-of-favor government of George Weah has made no official contact with any member of the JNB family, nor has any family member requested the government for assistance.
“Unity Party assures the public that the man poised to rescue Liberia at the hand of the failed CDC government is in a positive state of health and mentally alert to hit the ground running when elected as President of the republic of Liberia at the October 10, 2023 polls. The Unity Party warns the government and its surrogates to desist from the desperate and heartless effort to use the health condition of a statesman to redeem their lost image.
“No doubt, the CDC government has failed to deliver on its promises; the man on a mission to transform Liberia, Amb. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, is developing ideas and necessary strategies for the upliftment of Liberians from the shackles of poverty.
“Unity Party calls on its partisans, supporters and Liberians everywhere to remain upbeat and unperturbed as the mission to elect JNB continues unabated,” the Unity Party press release stated unequivocally.