Barrack Hussein Obama’s election as America’s first African-American President brought high hopes to many Africans – more so in Liberia; a country with long standing traditional relations with the United States - which has earned the unenviable moniker as America’s stepchild.
Economic hardship like the ones that gave birth to democracy in America, Great Britain, France and the European Union is knocking at Liberia’s door. Widespread poverty under Harvard Economist, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf forced hundreds of Liberian traders to desert their businesses and organize a three-day strike demanding lower taxes and tariffs. If the marketers aim at terminating the source of the economic hardships and not the symptoms, they are the leaders and mothers who will go down in history as the ones who give birth to true democracy in Liberia.
Your Excellency Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and Chairperson of the African Union,
Your Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
All protocol observed,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am honored to be with you.
I humbly join you in profound solidarity and respect.
Another agent of the war criminal Charles G. Taylor has allegedly spewed the sharp-cutting rhetoric that must never again be a part of our national dialogue. Reportedly, Cyril Allen Sr. told the media that he sees “nothing wrong with resuscitating the Taylor regime.” The sentimental longing for the return of despotic rule in any form is simply reckless to say the least. If the statements attributed to Mr. Allen are true, it is critical that all sensible Liberians call his bluff. CDC and its coalition too must also speak against this decadent desire.
The Liberian Governance system has experienced significant reforms over the years from 2005 to 2015. This is evidenced by the establishment of the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), as well as the formation of the Executive Protective Service (EPS), including administrative restructuring of the Liberia National Police, (LNP), among others by legislative enactments.