By: Wynston G. Freeman, Columnist.
It is judicious and efficiently patriotic that I begin by unstintingly congratulating Liberia’s next president, Amb. George M. Weah on his success and preferment as president elect of Liberia. Kudos Mr. President Elect!
Having done the most honorable courtesy of due diligence that is expected of any cerebral thinkers, I cannot resist the impulse to express the curiosity that arouse on the minds of many Liberians about the possibility of their expectations to be met.
Analyzing the total and percentage votes obtained, and the number of the fifteen political subdivision of Liberia that you topped, I can doubtlessly say, it is unequivocal that you merit this preferment through the confidence reposed in you by the votes cast and tallied in favor of you.
The supreme quality for any good leadership is unquestionable integrity. There is a quote that says, “the greatness of a man is not just what he says, but how effectively he does what he says and obviously affect those he leads positively”. In practicality, your words must align with your action, which we are confident of, but just a reminder!
As one of Liberia’s youngest columnists, I have written many articles; of the many I have written, I would like to point out a specific one captioned, ” Secrets That Could Make Liberia a Great Nation”. In that article, I catalogued and expatiated on fourteen secrets that if they are employed as part of your manifesto, your honor, you are destined for the greatest achievement ever amongst our previous governments.
Having observed and listened to the grievous and longing concerns of Liberians in various spectrums and subdivisions of Liberia, these have been the Paramount concerns and now become their expectations of your soon to be government that will obviously beset your administration:
1) Inclusive Government:
When I speak of inclusive government, it is from the perceptive of the inclusion of oppositions who are patriots, qualified, sincere and are of the conviction of your vision and plans for the nation. The government of inclusion in no way a sinister motive to ignore or nullify you inherited constitution right of appointments and nominations stipulated in the constitution in article 55-56, which is exclusively and constitutionally given to you. Article 18; which is the background that arouse many expectations constitutionally, states, “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, ethnic background, place of origin or political affiliation, and shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work”.
Mr. President elect, I trust your ability to include and involve all Liberians regardless of our political differences, if qualified and willing to work for the betterment of our beloved country.
Stephen R. Covey once quote, ” strength lies in differences, not in similarities “. Your governance shall no longer be tied to party level, but for all.
2) Relentless Fight Against Corruption:
This expectation needs not to be overemphasized as it is to inform you about the happenings in our beloved country. H.E Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her first term of inaugural speech 2006, as we all know said, ‘ corruption was going to be a ‘public enemy’, but became her close neighbor. Not because she embraced it, but the insincerity of cooperative struggle to combat it. Liberia is the 90 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries, according to the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.
Mr. President Elect, Bono quotes, “the worst disease in the world today is corruption. And there is a cure: transparency”. So, employ a system of transparency and accountability to combat and eradicate this contagious disease. The fight of corruption MUST start with you!
Bertrand Russell, the English thinker said, “Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires”. In this world of diversity of conjectures and political enthusiasm of struggles, freedom must be exhibited as a reflection of true democracy. People should be free to express, live, opinion, choose and most especially to accommodate the duly function of freedom to the press.
Chapter three , Article eleven 11 to Article twenty- six of the Liberian constitution shows our fundamental rights. These rights give us freedom and protections to make meaningful inputs to our society. However, we are fully responsible for the abuse thereof.
Abraham Lincoln quoted these wise words on freedom, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ” Let me paraphrase this quote into the context of my article, by saying, ” A government that denies freedom to its citizens, deserve it not for itself
Part two of more expectations is up soon!!!!!!