…Cllr. Cephus Says
By James K. Kadi, Jr.
A Liberian lawyer and political commentator has presented his candid opinion of the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, explicitly declaring that her regime has failed to meet the aspirations of the Liberian people.
Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus says the leadership of Madam Sirleaf failed to address certain national issues, particularly corruption and reconciliation, that she promised to tackle during the early years of her administration.
Cephus spoke Tuesday, January 24 to Judicial Reporters at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.
According to him, the Johnson-Sirleaf administration bought about divisive policy which essentially caused the government to fail.
In 2006, when she took the oath of office, President Sirleaf told the nation that she would make corruption public enemy number one, a statement which many Liberians welcomed.
More than a decade after she promised to make corruption public enemy #1, Cephus noted that President Sirleaf failed to implement what she promised to do; adding that the confession of the Liberian leader that she’s unable to fight corruption and reconcile the Liberian people is a reflection of a failed regime.
He believes that every Liberian should tell President Sirleaf goodbye for the way and manner in which she stirred the affairs of the state.
He asserted that although she did some good things, but the bad overshadowed the good.
Cllr. Cephus said when President Sirleaf came to power she pursued a policy of divide and rule by introducing the policy of “downsizing and rightsizing” which victimized many Liberians.
The Liberian lawyer also observed that the president did not prioritize the interests of Liberian businesses, often awarding contracts to foreigners including Lebanese.
In her Annual Message Monday, President Sirleaf said she will present a proposed bill that would empower the security to investigate financial crimes and corruption.
“I stand before you today, a leader well aware of my own shortcomings; we have fought but must continue to fight the scourge of corruption at every level in society; from the highest official to the civil servants; from the private business person to the teachers and preachers,” the Liberian leader stressed.
She emphasized that the government through the three branches must create jobs for the youthful population, build more roads to connect communities as well as provide electricity to every part of the country.