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These African presidents opted for prayers in the face of tough economic times

February 07, 2019 at 09:00 am | Culture

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Staff Writer

February 07, 2019 at 09:00 am | Culture

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George Weah, Liberia

After being in the news recently for opening his own church, Liberia’s president, George Weah, is making headlines again for asking his citizens to pray for two hours every day for God’s intervention in solving some of the country’s enormous economic problems. The former football star further urged his countrymen and women to hold an all-night prayer vigil on the final Friday of each month for God’s blessings and guidance.

When Weah assumed power in Liberia in January this year, he promised to reform the economy that has been struggling to recover following the 2014-15 Ebola crisis, to fight corruption and nepotism and bring in a new era for the West African country. Critics say these are yet to materialize, adding that the president should think of practical ways of tackling the problems instead of asking for divine intervention.

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