The official turning over ceremony, which was graced by several government officials and the media, was held on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the MICAT on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.
Despite the constitutional responsibilities of the government to protect and maintain the peace, former Information Minister Nagbe acknowledged that the opposition community can also play a pivotal role when it comes to protecting the lives of every citizen as well as maintaining the peace.
"The right to exercise your political views and political association is your guaranteed constitutional right, but you do not have the right to cause chaos for the Liberia people. It is your right as a Liberian to associate freely. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press and Freedom of Association are all key foundations of our democracy.
Your responsibility as opposition is to contribute to the sustenance of the democracy, including all Liberians and not to destroy the country with series of demonstrations and malicious accusations,” the ex-MICAT asserted.
He then warned the opposition to do away with agitations and protests, which he noted, undermine democracy.
He branded the Liberian oppositionas “disingenuous”, who according to him, fear democracy.
He further asserted that the role of the opposition community in Liberia is characterized with what he called so much hate and bitterness on ground that they( opposition) still have not accepted their defeat from the 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections, which brought to power President George Manneh Weah.
" President Weah became President through a free, fair and democratic electoral process. He overwhelmingly won in 14 out of the 15 counties. That means the Liberian people chose a leader and gave him a mandate for six years. There are some members of the political elite who he defeated and had still not accepted the mandate given to him by the Liberian people so they continue to tarnish and malign the image of the government on the international scene," Nage, who now heads the Liberia Maritime Authority(LiMA), averred.
However, the new Maritime boss admonished that the best thing to do if they feel disenchanted is to go to elections and express their anger through electoral boxes for a change.
Meanwhile, he, among other things, used the occasion to call on the Press Union of Liberia( PUL) to remain robust and remove the “bad apples” in the journalism profession from the good ones.