Liberian Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, has arrived in Minnesota, the United States of America. The foreign is in the United States as part of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s delegation to the just ended United Nations general assembly in New York.
Speaking yesterday to relatives and friends in Champlin, Minnesota, Minister Ngafuan said he is in Minnesota to affiliate with the Liberian community.
The Foreign Minister said Liberians in the diaspora are impacted online by what is going on in their country, but ordinary citizens in the West African country are not on track with online exchanges due to poor internet signals.
He will on Tuesday address a gathering of Liberian at the headquarters of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota on Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Some have suggested having the town hall meeting in a church due to huge attendance.
During his deliberations, Foreign Minister Ngafuan will tell Liberians about the trend of democracy in Liberia, and how free speech is positively impacting the country.
He is also expected to tell the audience that Liberia is not divided as other West African countries. He will outline democracy as the greatest achievement of the Ellen led government. He is also expected to persuade Liberians that there is relative peace in the country.
Minister Ngafuan will say that unlike before, Liberians are allowed to speak against the government without threats of intimidation or arrest.
During the town hall meeting, the Foreign Minister will answer questions from the audience. The meeting will be coordinated by the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota.
It can be recalled that few weeks ago, accusatory fingers were pointed at the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai, for what some characterized as “the Vice President’s lack of answering questions” in an effort to avoid embarrassment on the part of government.