Liberia: Minister Slammed For Selfish Splurge
A junior minister in Liberia’s government has recently caught the flack of his fellow countrymen after allegedly buying an expensive birthday gift for his wife.
In a video posted to Facebook last Wednesday, 7 July, James Emmanuel Potter – who is a member of the ruling Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) – can be seen leading his blindfolded wife outside to reveal his gift to her: a luxury vehicle.
To round off the surprise, he then poured a pricey bottle of champagne over the new toy. This did not go down well with many people.
The CDC’s youth wing described the act as “a reckless display of wealth”, contradicting the values of the party and saying that Potter showed insensitivity to the poorest of the nation.
Other social media users also criticised the logistics official for living in luxury “at the expense of the suffering poor people”.
One person defended the politician by stating: “There is no big deal about a husband buying a car for wife. He is working and I truly believe his income can afford this little vehicle. Stop this hate.”
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