The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment. Public Policy 

Cllr. Gongloe: “I Am Committed To The Principal Of Free Speech & Rule Of Law”

Monrovia – The President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe has disclosed that he remains committed to the principles and ideal of free speech and the rule of law in the country. Cllr. Gongloe who is one of Liberia’s most prominent and leading Human Rights lawyers said that fighting for free speech and democracy has caused him enormous havoc, ranging from detention, flogging, and death threats from state actors, especially during the Charles Taylor regime. According to him, despite the threats posed to his life in a society gradually overwhelmed by chaos and violence, he will remain resolute in what is good and productive for…

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The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment. Op-ed 

Team Gongloe Crisscrosses Liberia Rallying Support to Make Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe President of Liberia 2023

  Recently, entourages of fast-growing and penetrating Team Gongloe crisscross the Country to rally Liberians to join and participate in ongoing work to make astute and erudite Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe President of Liberia 2023. The call appears to resonate especially with the use of the Team’s catchy signature word: “A Better Liberia Is Possible”.Headed by Chairman Cllr. Jimmy Saah Bombo, the delegations have reached nine (9) of fifteen (15) Counties including Montserrado, and Cllr. Gongloe’s own vote-rich Nimba County. In Ganta and Sanniquellie respectively, an entourage that consisted of…

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Given this position of the LNBA, our presence here today is not an approval of the reason for which we were cited, for the Constitution does not require such. We are here because the failure of a lawyer to appear and perform any service required by the Court is contemptuous. Personally, I should be in a joyous mood and celebrating for the elevation of Justice Kaba, as my former student during his undergraduate studies at the University of Liberia in the 1980s. But, I cannot because another former student of mine, Justice Ja’neh was removed unconstitutionally. Officially, as president of the LNBA, I cannot celebrate because to do so will be contrary to the official position of the LNBA. Public Policy 

‘LACC Chairman Nwabudike Presiding over Pro-Corruption Conference’

    The President of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA), an umbrella body of all lawyers in the country, has termed as ‘pro-corruption’ the ongoing National Anti-Corruption Conference (NACC), organized by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), thereby asking development partners not to attend it. Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe said, because the   Anti-Corruption Commission Chairperson Nbudusi Nwabudike, himself a lawyer allegedly obtained his Liberian citizenship and so, any conference organized by Nwabudike is a product of corruption, fraud, deception, and misrepresentation. The NACC got underway yesterday, Wednesday, September 16,  at…

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Given this position of the LNBA, our presence here today is not an approval of the reason for which we were cited, for the Constitution does not require such. We are here because the failure of a lawyer to appear and perform any service required by the Court is contemptuous. Personally, I should be in a joyous mood and celebrating for the elevation of Justice Kaba, as my former student during his undergraduate studies at the University of Liberia in the 1980s. But, I cannot because another former student of mine, Justice Ja’neh was removed unconstitutionally. Officially, as president of the LNBA, I cannot celebrate because to do so will be contrary to the official position of the LNBA. News 

Liberian Bar to Probe Nwabudike’s Citizenship

    Following days of twist and turns in the ongoing confirmation of the newly nominated chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, a Nigerian national, as to how he (Nwabudike) obtained his Liberian citizenship and subsequently entered the legal profession as a Supreme Court lawyer, the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has instructed its Grievance and Ethics Committee to expeditiously conduct an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding Nwabudike’s citizenship. The LNBA is the umbrella and self-regulating body of all lawyers in the country and…

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In our country Liberia, there has been severe leadership deficit from the founding of the Liberian state to today. Liberia has been a country where there has been growth without development from year in year out. All these anomalies culminated in the fratricidal civil conflict that destroyed the fabric of our society and undermined our collective ability to move forward as one nation. With the help of ECOWAS and the International community, peace was restored to our country 15 years ago. Our collective responsibility as a people now is to maintain the peace. Instead, strange things are happening that could weaken our collective resolve to maintain the peace!! Yes, indeed strange things are happening in our country today- where people who were just barely managing to make life yesterday are today among the wealthiest people in Africa, if not the world, just in one year of being in power, as though they are money magicians. Op-ed 

Keeping the Legacy of Bishop Michael Francis Alive

Keeping the Legacy of Arch-Bishop Michael Kpakala Francis Alive: A call to Catholics of Liberia SPEECH His Grace Lewis Zeigler Archbishop of the Arch-Diocese of Monrovia Most Rev. Andrew J.Karnley, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas Most Rev. Anthony Fallah Bowah, Catholic Diocese of Gbarnga, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL) Priests of the three Dioceses of Liberia Catholic Brothers and Sisters Members of the lay apostolate Officials of Government Distinguished ladies and gentlemen My fellow Catholic brothers and sisters, before I proceed any further, please permit…

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