Liberians have entered year two of the transitional period with the ills
of the past including corruption in high places, standing as potential coefficient
of year two of the transitional period.
Marching truth to the reality given the unending sour social and economic
vicissitudes rocking and rolling the state and people as a result of the
prevailing atmosphere of organized economic crime against the state by senior
transitional actors, it can be safely said that Liberians of all walks of
life see year two as another year of bleak or hopeless transition.
The potential darkness with which Monrovia is enveloped, the greed for wealth
by the transitional players at the expense of the suffering masses, the
negating trend of the CPA, and the heightening political ambition by self-styled
politicians in the state yet detained by socio, political and economic vices
are all visible telling examples.
One political analyst described the situation currently obtaining in Liberia
as “neo-tyrannical era” and a calculated design by Bryant and
his senior officials to create hell for the Liberian people.
There is common resentment winging from all corners against hike in the
price of Liberian staple, rice-now being sold between US$35-40 per bag.
Bryant and Commerce Minister Wlue are said to be allotting percentages in
the inflation to their own advantage among other factors which clearly point
to another angle of national suffering.
&Liberia is a nation still moving on a dangerous path,” said
student Joseph Tuah of the University of Liberia.
Student Tuah believes that Liberia has a long way to reach the dawn of the
new day-a day where men of balanced minds would be made to steer the ship
He paid special tribute to the late President William R. Tolbert whose overthrow
in a bloody coup d’etat’ ( April 12, 1980) he said marked the
end of a truly moving nation and a beginning of political controversy and
He historicized as saying that since the demise of Tolbert, Liberia’s
unity has been spinning upon tribal feud, religious differences, political
corruption and all related vices.
&Other than boosting of men of political worth, and virtues, Liberia
has suffered and continues to suffer from poor management of state including
subjugating nationalism to selfish interest,” he pointed out.
Taking a retrospective view of the past the average Liberian consider Tolbert
as Liberia’s political angel whose vision for nation building was
understood the other way around and therefore killed in cold blood.
A religious leader (name withheld) told FORUM in an interview yesterday
that “when a nation kills a progressive leader and jubilates, such
nation may as well dance to the drum of sorrow…”
& Instead of setting the pace and raise the standard of life of the
Liberian people, Tolbert’s successor, M/Sgt. Samuel Kanyon Doe of
the minority Krahn tribe introduced tribalism at the highest while witch-hunting
became the order of the day.” The Baptist preacher continued “Doe’s
successor Charles Taylor reintroduced Congoism while at the same time eroding
value system by letting blind people lead the educated ones at crucial public
places,” he also stressed.
At the moment Liberians are yearning for elections whereby Bryant would
take his exit.
However, there is doubts winging in the minds of many critical thinkers
as to the political purity and sincerity of the next elected leaders since
the nation remains traditionally spinning upon loose social, political and
economic foundation as a result of the corruptibly unchanged minds as far
as state craft is concerned.