Before going into the subject please read a little about our legion, teacher and leader in Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr (this is the link, click and read: https://peoplepill.com/people/henry-boimah-fahnbulleh/). By the way, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr is commonly known as HB.
Some time ago—I shared LPP’s 2017 political Manifesto, for The General and Presidential elections in Liberia. A friend of mine (South African) was fascinated by the ideal-rich manifesto and was interested in reading Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr thoughts. Although he was moved by the manifesto, he was also sharply confused as to why and how a far too mentally equipped leader in HB could lose an election in a country where there’s a leadership and ideas shortfall. Of course he asked me. “Sallia” he said, “Why and how Liberians voted HB not in 2017 election?” This question came with several furiousness taking into account the character under preview. I was extremely bedeviled at freshen; however, I gradually gave in my vantage opinion on the subject. Here’s my religious opinion:
Broadly speaking, HB defeat came as the result of the poor socio-economic and political setting of Liberia; moreover, his preference of honesty to politics.
Firstly, HB contested at a time when Liberians were already resolved on electing Pres. GMW based on the infertile ideas—that is, he was being cheated in 2005 and 2011 elections, not even any other candidate or powerful oration could change their pre-conceived minds. Beyond this reality, the timely mood of Liberians was that GMW should be tried and tested like the then president in Madam Sirleaf. It was never about his policy plans or his leadership records.
Secondly, HB contested in an environment where the socioeconomic conditions (material condition) of the people were/are extremely poor. Like in economics as well as logic, the economy serves as a determiner to how people respond to social consciousness, for this reason, people economically situated like Liberians will only vote base on instance cafe solution, not ideas.
Thirdly—Geography— Liberia is not well-developed economically, therefore, its people can’t easily respond to IDEAL politics— election from time-to-time has never been ideological. Certainly/ or should it be HB came with healthy ideas and so much honesty. But given the geographic space of Liberia, idealists cannot win an election. Money in politics and popularity is the “big injury qualifications” in cities and the countrysides in Liberia. Besides, electorates were voting based on higher builder, and nonsensical sentiment. Not even a Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh or Robert Kpadeh would have won in such an election. They would have just been mere participants. This is not to extremely prejudice but provokes logical debate. Reasonably, it was from this accumulated experience I projected that it will take Liberia not less than 30 years with the right economic measures, for its citizenry to have a working understanding of what politics and democracy are all about. Until then, they will do ” trial and error” in their gesticulate funny search for good leaders.
Choice & Power A Case Of Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr
In the Supreme Wisdom Lessons, by Master Fard Muhammad for The Lost-Found Nation Of Islam, a clever postulation was made in question and answers: “…Who is the 85%?
The uncivilized people; poison animal eaters; slaves from mental death and power, people who do not know the Living God or their origin in this world, and they worship that they know not what — who are easily led in the wrong direction, but hard to lead into the right direction.
Who is 10%? The rich; the slave-makers of the poor; who teach the poor lies — to believe that the Almighty, True and Living God is a spook and cannot be seen by the physical eye. Otherwise known as: The Blood-Suckers Of The Poor.
Who is 5% in the Poor Part of the Earth? They are the poor, righteous Teachers, who do not believe in the teachings of the 10%, and are all-wise; and know who the Living God is; and Teach that the Living God is the Son of man, the supreme being, the (black man) of Asia; and Teach Freedom, Justice, and Equality to all the human family of the planet Earth.” [the entire narrative in italics]
This similarly, Master Fard Muhammad “Questions and Answers”, applies to Liberia politically, socially and economically. Most importantly, its logic in percentage makes our work easily undoubted.
It must be noticed that HB came as a saint in the Liberian politics, and a member of the 5% spoken about in the Supreme Wisdom Lessons. By the choice of coming as a saint shows his humanly and moral uprightness; however, turns to disconnect him from the masses of the people(85%) who barely understand his ideological make-ups. Only the thinking part of our country (5%) could support a leader in HB whether economically handicapped or under social degradation. Unlike those that do theirs (10%) with deception, greed, and suppression of others throughout, got the people on their side—that is, because the people don’t understand anything about politics and the state. Hardly anyone who chooses to follow HB’s steps will be successful in Liberian politics where extreme poverty implanted among the people has created a semi-barbaric political settling”
The time has come to think, reorder our Tactics and Struggle
Despite the unholiness of the political setting of Liberia, there are long-term methods progressive movements can utilize for sure victory and subsequent transformation of the fatherland. Advancing with the progressive struggle—reordering our methods of engagement—the liberation process has to be undertaken in two steps: the revolution through political activism and the economic empowerment of the people. The former is to politically provide idealize alternatives to the existing backward reactionary elites in power. The latter is to empower the rural poor and urban masses, economically as a means of gaining political favoritism. To this end, progressives must endeavor to create massive economic opportunities ‘secret sauce’ for the buck of our people (85%) through innovation, self-denying and economic saving plans. So what am I saying: the masses can’t be rationalized by mere powerful articles, orations or another which they barely understand; on the contrary, job creations for the masses (85%) can be an incorruptible technique for the sure political victory of progressives.
If my thought is not good enough, let me give you a scenario between Prof. PLO Lumumba of Kenya and Mr. Lang Nubuor of Ghana. Prof. PLO Lumumba: ” I held 250 town hall meetings. I articulated solutions to our problems in my constituency. My opponent did not campaign at all. He gathered money and showed up one day to elections. He distributed money. He won. Africans are not moved by ideas. Their stomach leads them.” Mr. Lang Nubuor comments: ” Okay. In that case, we mobilize and organize them around their stomach and make them owners of what their stomach needs perpetually to assure the power in their hands.”
Prof. Lumumba, in my mind, was practically blaming the victims. Unlike Prof. Nubuor who analyzed the case entirely differently, and sees an opportunity. Two great men with different thoughts.
Political Activism And Innovation
Mr. Siaka Toure, Cuttington University–2019, graduation commencement convocation speaker narrates: “India, also one of the biggest producers of rice had parliamentary elections some 2 years ago. A small party, that had won no seat in parliament for a very long time, stated that rice consumers in most places in the world, where Indian rice is exported to, are taking advantage of Indian farmers. Indian farmers, according to them, should not do the hard work of producing rice and giving it out cheaply to the world. They ran a campaign, promising the farmers that should they win, they would ensure that they, the farmers, would get the right value for their harvests. That party won a good number of seats in the parliament, and the price of rice rocketed.”
Isn’t this narrative equivalent to a college political science degree? Answer: that is not for me to say. You be the judge! But it speaks significance of the common entrepreneurial’s skill of “Secret Sauce.”
Alternatively, Steve STRAUSS explains “Secret Sauce,”: “I am going to make a long story short because I think it is important to share. Having been in business for 20 years, what I have learned is that you have to differentiate yourself somehow from the competition. Everyone today is so obsessed with social media. Blech! Do something different people! — Erin”
For a very long time, there’s has been little or no secret sauce in the body politics of Liberia, thus creating non-innovation at best. Every political party, for instance, is so interested in tapping on the errors and frauds of resident government to reach the zenith of state power. Why can’t some parties create job opportunities as a means of campaign and distinction ? Why can’t some parties endeavor in Tech-agriculture activities? Questions to ponder over. The way forward for me, is that we should put the entrepreneurial’s skill of “Secret Sauce” and “politics” in one box.
Limitation and Burdensome Mindset
Many at times brothers and sisters attribute all our present problems to the age-old story of slavery, colonialism or another. The fact though but it doesn’t entirely make sense cause there’s present and opportunities. This kind of assertion must be exhausted and retired—that is, we can use the present and opportunities to redefine our past and secure a better future for generations to come. In my view, the essence of reading history is to mirror the past, to teach the present and project a future. Indeed, Liberia has a semi-barbaric past, yet there are present and opportunities.
If we get well-balanced tactics, and we are focused, and determined, we are sure of undeniable victory! In this light, we need capitalism not, we need socialism not, we need communism not; we need patriotic leaders. With patriotic leaders, we can cohesively build a nation on the principle of PEACE, JUSTICE, and EQUALITY; and the nation will be well respected among the comity of nations. Onward to victory!
Author: Sallia S. Komala, a student studying economics at Cuttington University and can be reached at email@example.com
Main Photo: Pan African Progressive Politician, H. Boimah Fahnbulleh