President Weah making speaking at the Thanksgiving service for the celebration of his administration’s first year in officePresident George Weah’s submission to not only listen to sermons of religious leaders, but preach in his church has ranked him in the eyes of his die-hard supporters as an inspirational teacher, according to interviews conducted in Monrovia.President Weah, who was for the first time seen delivering a message from the Gospel at his Thinker’s Village Jamaica Resort a few months ago, has not only preached at the Bishop Isaac Winker’s Dominion Christian Fellowship Center in Cong Town, but established a family fellowship Church named Forky Klon Jlaleh Family Fellowship Center Church, where he delivered his sermons.In a radio interview recently on the Truth Breakfast Show (TBS). Reverend Emmanuel Nimley, the religious advisor to Weah, said the President is “not a pastor, but an inspirational teacher in the house of God.”Nimley is the general overseer of the Weah’s Family Fellowship Center Church, and the Pastor-in-charge that is clothed with the authority to determine who preaches or shares an inspirational messages with members of the congregation.“We have been meeting at Weah’s residence in the Rehab community along the Roberts Field Highway even before he became a senator. I mean in the early part of 2014, he decided to open his home to the neighbors, and asked us to begin a devotional mission there. But now that we have grown large in numbers, he thought we should have a church,” he said.Nimley, who was in studio with the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)’s national chaplain general, now director at the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Fetus Logan and Melvin G. Dahn, head of the government’s recent Thanksgiving and intercessory service, said the President is a ‘humble leader.’ The service was held at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center.“We don’t want to be politically correct or incorrect, but it is a reality when we say that there is stability in our peace and democracy. It is a fact that the growth in our gross domestic product (GDP) has risen from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent, and it is expected to reach at least 4.7 percent in this second year of the CDC governance process,” he boasted.Nimely added that before Weah became President, prices of basic commodities were to some extent uncontrollable, but since Weah got into power, he is making the difference by having some control over the major commodities.Nimley added, “the Bible says if the righteous rule, the people enjoy.”For how long people should be patient to see the change they have voted for was not made clear, but Nimely, “the man of God”, said commodities are stabilizing and will get better day by day.”On the public perception that those are around President Weah are not advising him the right way to move the country forward, Nimley said people’s opinions will always filter in, but as far he is concerned, Weah has not been ill-advised, neither have they seen something wrong happening in the negative.“It is true that there are challenges, and the opinions of people will continue to filter in, but what good will it do for us if we become arrogant or unprofessional regular talk show contributors in the name of advising the President? We are doing our job, and we are very confident that we are proceeding well,” he said.Nimely added that Weah is a leader who listens, and so he is not heartless.“In fact, you won’t believe that the President is always humble to ask questions when he needs understanding about something, and that he is not a dictator as assumed by his critics,” he said.Festus Logan said President Weah, who called for the intercessory service marking the end of his first year in office, is a great leader in whom Liberians should build their confidence and trust to develop the country.“President Weah is a gift from God to us. He is a leader who cares for his people, and is always willing to make sacrifices in the interest of the people,” Logan said.“One year into office without trouble as other people have projected, is a great gain in our governance system. In fact, we have achieved in a year than any other government’s first year in office,” Nimely boasted.“Having a leader who believes that his success has always come from God, is great and our fellow citizens need to know that we have a reason to be happy for so many things to God has done for us as a nation through President Weah,” Dahn said.“If no one else wants to be happy under Weah’s presidency, a lots of residents who organized this and that, and so I will always be happy because I don’t have to struggle to pay WASCE fee, and tuition for my children at all public universities and colleges,” he said, adding that the roads that are undergoing construction across the country should also give any good citizen a reason to appreciate God for Weah.Over time some pundits have said that President Weah’s involvement with a church as a preacher is a complete distraction from his role as a President while others have said Weah is in no error even if he becomes an ordained Pastor.Their argument is that former President William R. Tolbert was a church leader and head of government at the same time.Weah, on the other hand, is fond of repeatedly narrating his life story which is being known as one full of difficulties leading to his success in his football career and now president.Regardless of where he is found, President Weah has told gatherings that he is the one who paid the tuition for his Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah, among several others who have come to benefit from him over the years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Leicester went seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, as Wes Morgan scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Southampton.The centre-back headed past Fraser Forster after 38 minutes to hand the Foxes a tight lead, which they held onto for the rest of the game.Leicester were in control of the game straight after taking kick-off, taking advantage of Ronald Koeman’s decision to field a back-three.With the wing-backs pressed high up the pitch, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton constantly moved into the wide positions, playing a number of crosses into the box. Shinji Okazaki was tasked with getting on the end of the deliveries, but he failed to put any of his attempts on target.The visitors from the South Coast were completely outplayed in the opening stages, failing to get out of their half for the first 15 minutes.However, they held firm, and managed to have their first real attack on the 20 minute mark. Graziano Pelle broke down the right, but his cross was put behind by Morgan for Southampton’s first corner of the game. It was a sign that the Saints were growing into the game – and they should have taken the lead.Pelle once again was involved in the build-up, setting up Sadio Mane with a perfectly timed through ball. The pacy forward took the ball around Kasper Schmeichel, but he rushed with his finish and hit the ball straight at the covering Danny Simpson.There were shouts for a penalty, as the ball hit Simpson on the arm, but referee Michael Oliver turned down appeals from the visitors.Jose Fonte had the next attempt. The centre-back picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, and his powerful attempt was flying into the back of the net. However, Schmeichel was up to the challenge, pushing the shot behind for a corner.It appeared as if Koeman’s men were taking control of the game, and Jordy Clasie also went close with an attempt from outside the box, but it was Morgan who popped up to hand the Foxes the lead.Christian Fuchs picked up the ball on the left-wing, and his perfect cross was met by an excellent header by the Leicester captain.The 32-year-old has played every minute of this Premier League season, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the division, and he was well deserving of his first goal of the campaign. 2 2 Wes Morgan celebrates scoring for Leicester The first-half ended with just three shots on target, despite a wealth of attacking football, and the Saints ruing Mane’s missed chance as they found themselves behind to the league leaders.The second period started much more evenly than the opening of the game, although Southampton were lucky to not find themselves a man down after just seconds.Victor Wanyama lost possession of the ball straight from kick-off, and as Jamie Vardy broke through the centre, the Kenyan midfielder brought him down. He was the last man, but escaped a dismissal, coming away from the incident with only a yellow card.The Foxes almost went two ahead after 60 minutes, with Fonte’s clearance flying into the back of Forster’s net. However, the England international made a flying save to push the ball away from the corner.Koeman’s half-time substitution of replacing Matt Targett with Dusan Tadic made the Saints much more solid defensively, and allowed the Serbian midfielder to break down the left-wing. He put in a number of threatening crosses, but Morgan and his defensive partner Robert Huth stood firm.It was from the left-side that Southampton had their best chance of the second half. Ryan Bertrand broke into the box, but his low shot only found its way into the side netting, as they looked to get back into the game.Leicester had another great chance to grab a second, but Simpson’s close-range attempt was somehow kept out by Forster. The full-back found himself just yards out following a cut-back from Vardy, but he placed his shot in the middle of the goal as the stopper dived back that way to pull off a fantastic save.The game became increasingly frenetic as the 80 minute mark passed, with Leicester’s defensive line sitting deep and the Saints dominating possession.They were putting in a number of crosses for Charlie Austin – who came on after 73 minutes – but Morgan and Huth continued to clear, and Ranieri’s men broke with pace time-and-time again.Leonardo Ulloa and Vardy had chances with five minutes left, as Southampton’s defence was pulled apart, whilst Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante were driving forward with the ball whenever they won possession.Koeman’s men continued to press as the game entered injury time, but they failed to find the back of the net, as the Midlands side picked up their fifth 1-0 win in their last six games to move seven points clear of Spurs in the Premier League.