By my own calculation, one of the greatest mistakes the Liberian people have ever made, was to elect Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the first post-war President of Liberia. Then, again, it might have been destiny – the same destiny that brought Mr Charles Ghankay Taylor, Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe, and now, Mr George Manneh Weah to the Presidency at a specific moment in time. Evidently, Presidents Doe, Taylor and Sirleaf brought on or prolonged the hardship, suffering, misery and grief the Liberian people are currently dealing with. Yet, each of these individuals entered the Presidency on a wave of popular support.
Having, in the recent past, experienced the devastating consequences of electing popular leaders, one cannot help but wonder how will President Weah – the latest in a succession of wildly popular leaders – impact the lives of the Liberian people. Will he put us back, hold us where we are currently, or propel the country forward? In spite of the uncertainties, hope abound, as it did at the time of Presidents Doe, Taylor and Sirleaf, who turned out to be our worst nightmare. As Ms. Lillian – my beloved mother – would say: “We will live in hope even if we die in ropes.”