The Presidential Press Secretary in the Office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reacted sharply to Mr. Simeon Freeman’s comments against President Sirleaf’s recent nation address.Press Secretary Jerolinmek Matthew Piah described comments from the Movement for Progressive Change’s former standard bearer Freeman as “gross indiscipline and naked political gimmick.”Simeon Monseegar Freeman had been commenting on President Sirleaf’s address to Liberians on the State of the Nation’s economy.In his reaction to the President’s address, Freeman stated as “worst” the condition of the state under the leadership of Madam Sirleaf than past Liberian governments.Freeman also stated among other things: “Today, Liberia, like the late 80s, is a place of huge capital flight, huge trade deficit, extremely low employment and especially high youth unemployment rate, non-performing educational institutions, very poor infrastructure and non-existing health delivery structure.”But Mr. Piah reacting said: “In a democratic environment such as the one we have created in Liberia, it is normal that there will be comments and reactions to everything that comes from the Government, the Presidency included.”He stated that inasmuch as they are tolerant to people’s comments and opinions, they won’t compromise their right to also put in “check misconduct and political- gambling as has always been the case with Mr. Simeon Freeman.”He indicated that while they appreciated Mr. Piah’s perspectives on the President’s address particularly on the overall State of the Nation’s economy, however, drew public’s attention to what he termed as “disrespect and misconduct to the Office of the Presidency.”“Firstly, Mr. Freeman analyses on the economy are dead wrong. The substantive discussions on the economy is out for a debate and some of our people charged directly with matters concerning the economy at the Executive Mansion are herewith throwing out the challenge to Mr. Freeman on the address in particular, and the State of the Nation’s economy in general. With his consent, we can take advantage of the very platform he used on Monday and any other alternative pleasing and comfortable for him.”“We know that Mr. Freeman as a former operative of the Taylor regime will never fall short of a flawed and baseless analysis and attribution of comparing the current very democratic and results-based government to not just the Taylor regime from which he amassed the wealth he brags about today, but to others he and his likes similarly condemned. We will therefore not be surprised were he to shower praises on the Sirleaf administration long after she leaves power; this is how most Liberians see one’s worth when they leave the stage. Mr. Freeman suggests that President Sirleaf must apologize to some former leaders of Liberia, including his former boss Taylor. We would simply like to advise Mr. Freeman to stop living in the past and from being a constant victim of hallucination because the past that he so greatly benefitted from is gone and no amount of anger and hate from him can return those dark days.”“It remains clear from Mr. Freeman’s constant campaign about the President’s resignation and/or impeachment that he recognizes the near non-existence of an empty talking machine call MPC which due to its empty nature has no faith in the democratic process, and that his only hope of imagining state power is through vain political agitation. Mr. Freeman ought to know that President Sirleaf remains pleased with her governance record and will not get distracted by loud and empty talk from Freeman and his likes. He described his leader [President Sirleaf] as a loud talker and that there were no more lies to be told. How can such a young man speak so condescendingly about a leader aged enough to be his mother? Is it so difficult for Mr. Freeman to address issues of national concern without his usual acts of misconduct and indiscipline? In a talk show appearance that followed his so-called press conference today, he urged the President to attend classes under his tutelage and persistently referred to her as “Ellen” leaving more question about his moral upbringing.”Piah rhetorically asked about Mr. Piah’s credentials: “How can a guy whose credentials are still being debated and questioned speak derogatorily about a leader whose credentials are replete and venerated? In fact, what is Mr. Freeman’s governance or work record that enabled him to make such a provocative comment to the President? Is something happening to him, or has his sense of simple reasoning and understanding being swallowed to the level of hate and anger that have overwhelmed him?”Piah jibed that Freeman, who according to him (Piah), without a better sense of judgment, was seriously hallucinating when he made his “rants” and must try to act quickly to stabilize himself because take it or leave it, the Sirleaf Administration remains the best the country has ever had.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Premier League Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs West Brom Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:10 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Chelsea West Bromwich Albion David Luiz Michy Batshuayi Antonio Conte The Blues looking to keep pace in their efforts to defend the Premier League title as they travel to the Midlands to face the Baggies Chelsea travel to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as they aim to build on their 1-0 win over Jose’s Mourinho’s Manchester United before the international break. Antonio Conte’s side trail Manchester City by nine points, but ended their recent run of fixtures with a positive result to keep in touch of Pep Guardiola’s league leaders. Blues 8/5 to beat WBA & O2.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tony Pulis has come under pressure for the first time as West Brom manager, with his side sitting only one point above the relegation zone after 11 games. West Brom have lost their last three games and they are without a win since August in the Premier League. CHELSEA INJURIES Antonio Conte has confirmed that the majority of Chelsea’s players have recovered from knocks over the international break. Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill were left out of their national teams but they are back fit to face West Brom. Danny Drinkwater skipped England duty after getting a knock against Manchester United but he is ready to come back on Saturday. N’Golo Kante is fit after making his triumphant return in that same match as Chelsea beat Man United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are both fit and have trained at Chelsea despite reportedly suffering injuries in training around a week ago. However, Michy Batshuayi is out with an ankle injury and Charly Musonda has a knee problem that he sustained in training. Victor Moses is out for at least another week but he told Goal about his fitness status in an exclusive interview, as he was shortlisted for the BBC African Footballer of the Year. “The rehab has been going very well and hopefully I can just take my time to get myself as fit as possible to go back out there and enjoy my football again,” Moses told Goal. “It is always frustrating when you watch the lads and you want to go in there yourself to try to help, to do the best you can to help the lads.”Apart from that, it is always frustrating to watch from the sidelines when you just want to go out there and play football. You have to be disciplined, you don’t get to spend much time with the players. I am always by myself with the physio, trying to concentrate on my rehab to get back as quickly as possible.”CHELSEA SUSPENSIONS Chelsea have no suspensions for the upcoming match against West Bromwich Albion. Antonio Rudiger is only one caution away from earning a one-match suspension for receiving five domestic yellow cards. The cut-off this season is after 19 league games, so to escape bans then all Chelsea players need to avoid accumulating five bookings until they play Everton on 23 December. POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Should Chelsea recall David Luiz or continue playing Andreas Christensen? That is the biggest question that Conte faces after the youngster impressed versus Manchester United as Luiz was left out. Chelsea have Antonio Rudiger vying for a place against Gary Cahill, while Davide Zappacosta may continue at right wing back in Moses’ absence. Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Pedro have emerged as first choice front three but they will only line up together if Conte chooses to play in a 3-4-3 system.Conte may also look at using the 3-5-2 formation that most recently saw the Blues beat Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas joined Kante and Bakayoko in a three man midfield. Kante will undoubtedly continue his recovery from injury against West Brom. WEST BROM TEAM NEWS Craig Dawson has a knee injury and he is expected to be out for most of December. James Morrison has an achilles injury and he is facing a race to be fit in time to face Chelsea. Pulis will be happy that he has only two players out with the rest of his side expecting to be fit to face the champions on Saturday. BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS After failing to win in four visits to the Hawthorns between 2012-2015 (W0 D1 L3), Chelsea have since won back to back games there, including last May when Michy Batshuayi scored to seal the title in a 1-0 victory. This will be Antonio Conte’s 50th Premier League game in charge of Chelsea, with the reigning champions winning more points (115) than any other side since the start of last season. Conte has the best win percentage of any permanent Chelsea manager in league history (75.5%). Alvaro Morata has been directly involved in 10 goals in his first 10 Premier League games for Chelsea (seven goals, three assists) – only Diego Costa (11) had more goal involvements in his first 10 for the club. Morata has won more points with his goals and assists in the Premier League this season than any other player (8). TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match is not being televised in the United Kingdom and it will be first shown on Saturday evening on BBC One’s Match of the Day. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.