There are many in our society who thinks the best way to show respect to political leaders and others influential statesmen and stateswomen is adding honorable and excellency to their rightful names and rightful titles. To the contrary I disagree as these titles are used by those who demand them to usurp more power at the detriment of the ordinary people. For this reason, I encourage all Liberians to recognize and change this particular cultural perception. The reason is these “worshipping titles” are reinforcing autocracy form of governance in our society.
These titles have the propensity of making our government officials appear and act as semi-gods. We should cease giving our government officials titles because they imply a form of worship as referred to the Liberian leaders as ”excellency” or “honorable” as there is nothing excellent or honorable about a leadership with absolute powers.There is nothing excellent or honorable about a leadership, which cannot provide basic services to 98 percent of the country’s population. There is nothing excellent or honorable about a leadership serving as a semi-god.
There is nothing excellent or honorable about a leadership presiding over a country without infrastructure of roads for vehicles, pipe borne water for drinking, food for nourishment, electricity for energy, housing for shelters, healthcare for cure and prevention, education for learning, empowerment, innovation, manufacturing for the production of goods, and provision of reliable services.
Moreover, there is nothing excellent or honorable about a leadership that cannot create programs that will inspire youth to compete in innovations for a better future of the country. There is nothing excellent or honorable about a leadership presiding over a country where there is justice for only the elites. There is nothing excellent or honorable about a leadership presiding over a country where government officials are above the rule of law.
There is nothing excellent or honorable about a leadership with the sole power of apportioning the resources of the country. There is nothing excellent or honorable about a leadership that uses the country’s resources to send its children abroad for education when a majority of the children have no access to these same resources. There is nothing honorable and excellent about a leadership that uses its political powers to suppress others. There is nothing honorable and excellent using political power to have many concubines and support them with state resources.
Because of these reasons, Liberians should cease giving their government officials honorable and Excellency titles. What the country deserves is excellent and honorable ways, not excellent and honorable names. The way to show respect to our past and current political leaders and other influential state holders is by calling them their rightful titles in the same way it is being done in the United States. We should say, for example, President Weah or Mr. Weah or Mr. President, Senator Nagbe or Mr. Nagbe, Rep Sloh or Mr. Sloh because that is who they are. There is no disrespect calling someone their rightful title or name.
Moreover, there is no constitutional provision requiring Liberians to call their leaders by these titles. We should also recognize in line with article one of the Liberian Constitution. It says all those serving in government are public servants and the purpose for anyone to serve is to work for the satisfaction and security of the Liberian people. Because of these titles we bestow upon is the reason most of our officials engage in wrongful acts with impunity as no one dare to question the action of the “Honorable and “Excellency.” Let is begin calling our leaders the rightful titles prescribed in line with the Constitution.
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