Monday, October 31, 2011

Liberia: Is President Sirleaf a US citizen?

Is President Sirleaf a US citizen?
Written by Bernard Gbayee Goah

If the President of Liberia has dual citizenship of two countries (Liberia and United States of America), any Liberian who wants to, must be allowed to do the same …
What’s good for John may as well be good for Paul …
President Johnson-Sirleaf was accused by FrontpageAfrica in 2005 of being an American citizen.
Also, according to Johnson S. Morlu (former Auditor general of Liberia), “In her State of the Nation Addresses President Sirleaf said nearly all senior Government officials hold American citizenship.” John Morlu writes “She even admitted in the interview with FPA that the Senate has complained that she always sent to them Liberians holding American citizenship. “
In his article entitled, “My Response to President Ellen Johnson” Former Auditor General John S. Morlu presented names of people holding American passport in President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf government:
• Senior Advisor to the President, Robert Sirleaf – US citizen
• Legal Advisor to the President, Estrada Bernard– US citizen
• Acting City Mayor, Mary Mbroh– US citizen
• LPRC Deputy MD, Martu Tubman– US citizen
• NPA MD Wookie Parker– US citizen
• Former NIC Boss, Richard Tolbert– US citizen
• Deputy Minister of Lands and Mines, Sam Russ– US citizen
• Maritime Commissioner, Binyah Kessely– US citizen
• Former Agriculture Minister, Chris Toe– US citizen
• Former Minister of Public Works, Loseni Donzo– US citizen
• Security Personnel are all American citizens– US citizen
John Morlu complained, “Why is the President throwing mud on me when her children, including my own friend Robert Sirleaf the son of the President holds an American passport and she too stands accused. President Sirleaf appointed a Nigerian to serve as Army Chief of Staff of the Arm Forces of Liberia. Liberians that fled after 1980 coup that brought Samuel Doe to power, those that left after Samuel Doe was overthrown in 1990 have acquired American and European citizenships. Liberians that left during and after Charles Taylor are all struggling to get European and American citizenships. Throughout Liberian history, Government officials have sent their wives to give birth in Europe and America just so their kids can become Europeans and Americans.”

If the President of Liberia is allowed to have dual citizenship of two countries (Liberia and United States of America) , any Liberian who wants to, should as well be allowed to  do the same…
President Sirleaf, I look forward to hearing from you on this issue. Are you a Liberian and at the same time a citizen of the United States of America?

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Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – A Einstein

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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