By: Pah Chea Youlo
it is undisputable that today, our beloved country is on sinking sand. After all the civil unrests that brought this glorious land of liberty down to its ‘kneels’ and down to ‘ground zero’, paid agents, as well as ‘enemies of progress’ are still finding a way to further destroy the country and are trying even harder to witch-hunt some prominent citizens, who have strived to live peacefully in our society. We believe all Liberians now understand that the 14 years of civil war that was fought so that progressive change would come in the country was in vain. All the bloodbath and gloom that befell this country during the chaotic period of the war was totally unnecessary, because the things that we fought against still persist in our society, and as a matter of fact, they have become uncontrollable.
It is also undisputable that Liberia is an insignificant country. Believe me, it is the citizens that render their country insignificant. How come the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) cannot be implemented? And why is it that Liberians continue to go to the polls to elect people that are banned by the TRC Recommendations from holding public offices. How come we Liberians continue to elect people that brought our country from better to worse by buying arms and other deadly weapons and brainwashed the citizenry to kill their own brothers and sisters so that they could take state power and humiliate democracy.
As patriots, we continue to monitor the political situation in the country especially as elections are expected to be held on October 10, 2017. Our observation to the premises is actually troubling. From all indications, the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission is been literally harassed for dual citizenship. If Jerome Korkoya is a dual citizen, is he the only official of government with dual citizenship? According to media reports, some citizens and some heads of local based civil society organizations are requesting for the resignation of Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, Chairman of the National Elections Commission. We believe this action is unnecessary, untimely and counterproductive, especially when we are less than five months to elections day. I have been wondering why we Liberians continue to choose bad over good – why, since we were brainwashed, we cannot come to our senses. It surprises and bewilders me a lot when I see unproductive lawmakers going for second terms while some productive, developmen
t oriented Liberians are out of job just because they are not cronies of the ruling class. Even some of those at the echelon of power do not deserve to be leaders – if we check their ‘closets’.
If we want to rebuild a vibrant and democratic nation, we have to do away with some negative vices that shelter greed, bigotry, divisiveness, hatred, and other diabolical attitudes. Remember, this country was built on Christian principles as the Declaration of Independence was signed in the Providence Baptist Church. If indeed we want to see our country and its people progress, it is important that our leaders, all stakeholders as well as every citizen work together. We cannot continue to sit and see our country thrown at the bottom of the sea by racists and hypocrites. The trend of our political system is from worse to ridiculous; the act of giving money to less fortunate, greedy and self-centered citizens to carry on destructive propaganda is frightening and is not doing well for Liberia’s fledgling democracy.
We believe elections cannot be less than five months away and you request for the resignation of the Chairman of the National Elections Commission for his alleged dual citizenship as if to say he is the only Liberian with such status. If you ask the elections commission chairman to resign his post for allegedly being a dual citizen, will you also ask all officials of government in the Legislature, Judiciary as well as the Executive Branch, who also hold dual citizenship to resign their respective positions? Or will you have us to believe that all those requesting the resignation of the Chairman of the National Elections Commission are aiming at disorganizing and confusing the electoral process so that chaos can reign over the country once again? And again, can you weed out all ‘thorny grasses’ in our political theater? If you can, good, then go ahead. But if you cannot then please leave Honorable Counselor Jerome Korkoya alone and let him go ahead peacefully with his frame-working of the electoral process.
Indeed, there are many problems to be solved in the country: former warlords, who have no developmental orientation, are enjoying state resources without any progressive output at the detriment of the masses; foreigners are roaming the country without proper identifications and are engaged in unscrupulous businesses like drugs and other unwanted substances that corrupt our youths; Liberians do not have national identification cards, as a result, foreigners are involved in our voters registration process; inability of national government to regulate prices; a ‘messy’ school system leaving our future leaders with empty skulls; a poor healthcare delivery system resulting to unnecessary deaths and a high infant mortality rate; and the lack of good motor roads around the country, just to name a few.
Instead of tackling these impediments collectively, some Liberians with blood-money are paying some buffoons, who have and continue to write total monotonous stories and/or go on local radios and say things without introspective inclination of the damage it might cause in our society. Today, I fully understand the reason why former United States President George Bush during his visit to Africa, he gave millions of United States Dollars to Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana. But when the former U.S. President came to Liberia, he gave one million textbooks. The reason is that Liberians have more lessons to learn – we have to learn to make our country significant; we have to learn to be patriotic and nationalistic; we need to learn self-confidence, self-respect, responsibility and sensibility; and we need to learn management – to manage our vast natural resources and an equitable distribution of national wealth. With all the degrees we earned from local colleges and universities, we are always pulled by our noses
by hypocrites, who nonchalantly claim their love of Liberia during elections time.
Actually, dual citizenship is a constitutional issue. If indeed our laws prohibit dual citizenship, we believe it should not center on Counselor Jerome Korkoya alone but all those with dual citizenship. The Embassy of the United States of America and other diplomatic missions can be contacted to come up with a list of all Liberians holding American and other foreign passports. The National Security Agency bears greater responsibility in this regard. But again, we are nearing a transition period. The issue of dual citizenship is an age old constitutional problem. Chairman Jerome Korkoya has a constitutional mandate to ensure that peaceful, transparent and creditable elections are held in the country. In this respect, it is expected of him to concentrate fully on his duties because the ensuing elections will determine whether Liberians are ready to rebuild their country with total involvement. Therefore, we deem it expedient that Liberians of all walks of life should concentrate on how unity and reconciliation
can be achieved after the ensuing elections. Bringing out an unsubstantial issue like dual citizenship at this time can only be considered an act to cause unnecessary embarrassment to the electoral process.
ECOWAS and the United Nations have brought relative peace and calmness to the country. At this stage, all Liberians are eager to see who replaces Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as president – a peace-loving Liberians, who will bring about unity and reconciliation, because in unity success is sure.
Lawyers and other legal practitioners should wait with their constitutional issue of dual citizenship. After a true leader of the Liberian people is elected in October and inaugurated in January 2018, it will be left with the president to right all the wrongs in our Liberian society. We believe replacing the Chairman of the Elections Commission because of dual citizenship with less than five months to elections day is not in the interest of our quest for transparency in this ensuing elections.
We urge all Liberians to meaningfully engage the electoral process with delicacy so that fruitful, genuine and everlasting peace, reconciliation and unity can be achieved through the election of a new president, who will be the father and mother of all Liberians. We further urge our fellow compatriots to concentrate on the electoral process with vigor because political decisions are rendered through the ballots. Indeed, bullets did not do us any good, but offered grief, blood, sweat and tears. Let us be mindful how we conduct ourselves politically, because any decision we render will be for our own good or an evil against our posterity.
Leave Jerome Korkoyah alone with your so-called dual citizenship. And right now, that should not be our paramount concern. Clean your eyes before you clean someone else’s.
All hail Liberia hail. This glorious land of liberty shall long be ours………….