Open Letter to Alex Tyler: Politicians Like You…

It has come to my attention that in an attempt to wanting to become president of Liberia on the platform of the newly established LPDP, you have asserted that there are two groups of Liberians: the ones -like you – who invest in Liberia the little you accumulate, and the ones who see Liberia as a farm from where they can harvest and store abroad.

Mr. Speaker, while your classification is no news to Liberians, and seems only comical given its timing, let me hasten to add that it is inaccurate because it fails to account for a third group of Liberians – the hoi polloi. They are the majority who can barely access healthcare or pay for their children’s education; they are those who have no safety nets and have been consumed viciously in poverty cycle. Mr. Speaker, when did you become the now-concerned-for-the-welfare-of-the-suffering-masses leader to have realized that other “vampires” are bleeding the country to death while you and a few are trying to save it?

To the recollection of every Liberian, it is under your watch that our resources have been mortgaged to the highest bidders, with almost all transactions oblivious of national interest but personal aggrandizement. It has been under your watch that our lawmakers have been only interested in legislations that deliver brown envelopes at their desks, but not the ones that could improve the livelihood of our people. Until the Moore Stephens’ report, you and your colleagues have contracted $8bn worth of our resources with no direct benefits to our people.

With all due respect to your office, you do not have the compunctions of conscience, Mr. Speaker, to pretend that today you are righteous above some corrupt government officials in Liberia. You had the opportunity, through legislations, to have corrected the ills you are now trying to highlight, because you are the third most powerful person in the Liberia government – least I forget, constitutionally. Instead, you have been busy doing the President’s biddings instead of the Liberian people’s. There is a blurred line between the Executive Mansion and the Capitol Building that you have helped drawn.

Given your track records, Mr. Speaker, it is not only a betrayal on your part to badmouth the inner workings of the government which you have helped to market, but also a blatant attempt to wrongly perceive Liberians as gullible – people who you politicians can cajole and exploit when you hold the very power they vested in you, and turn to for resuscitation when your political lifelines are going low on oxygen. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, to contrive that by revealing that your colleagues are looting the country, Liberians will think that you are above the existential political problems we have is to equate Liberians to featherheads.

We might have been considered screwballs few years back. We might have voted for former President Taylor chanting that we didn’t care if he killed our parents, and we might have been the driving force behind CDC in 2005, but today the trend is changing. The young people of Liberia especially are clearly becoming conscious of the way you politicians continue to use us as political pawns, and we are aware of what Liberian politics offers us – if not rice, then parties, t-shirts and empty promises.

To this effect, Mr. Speaker, my promise to you is that we will continue to spread that awakening messages among our brothers and sisters. Eventually, consciousness will epitomize our decision making in Liberia, and when that happens, our Nation will have no place for the likes of you who are only interested in lining your pockets at the detriment of the Liberian people.

Kelvin Nyan Suah, Conscious Liberian
University of Toronto, Canada

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