Monday, May 16, 2011

Liberia: Scars of Division Linger

Source: allAfrica.com

Acknowledging the persistence of scars of division amongst Liberians in spite of the National Unification Policy proclaimed by late President Tubman over 4 decades ago, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says there exists a will to erase these divisions.

"The scars of divisions linger, but we are strong enough to deal with them and to build bridges of unity and harmony," President Sirleaf said Saturday at the official program marking the 47th anniversary of National Unification Day.

Recalling that Liberians have witnessed many divisions in the nation's history, the President declared: "It is in our power to heal the wounds that come from that division.

"We must build bridges, not walls. Our nation was founded on the principles of liberty and unity," she emphasized, while lamenting, "but the seeds of conflicts have been sowed over the years."

She said history shows that Liberia was divided as a nation, separating the descendants of the founding fathers and those who lived in what is now Liberia.

Despite the past, she said, Liberians today are united regardless of tribe, gender or economic status, adding: "As a people, we shall not stand for division."

She recalled that President William VS Tubman had spearheaded the National Unification Policy to integrate the nation enabling all citizens to participate in the political life of their country.

However, she said the process, which President Tubman started, was incomplete "as political and economic powers remain unequal and exclusive."

As a result, she said Liberia was plunged "into a period of difficulties that affected everyone in one way or another."

"We have chosen the path of peace together, and together we see a new Liberia rising through the walls of destruction. Liberians from all walks of life are working, attending school, legislating, and participating in the political process side-by-side with dignity and respect. That's how it should be in any truly democratic society," President Sirleaf added.

The National Legislature established 14 May each year as National Unification Day, which was observed Saturday.

The first official celebration of National Unification Day was held 14 May 1964 in Voinjama, Lofa County, where the National Unification Monument was erected.

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Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah



Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah

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