We want to firstly restate the position that the extravagant Independence Day celebration had no value, with growing economic challenges, the ex-soccer star and Liberian President, George Weah was insensitive to the plights and cries of the Liberian people, especially the merrymaking and jamboree which apportioned and occasioned a whooping sum of approximately 1.5 million, for the celebration. This money could have been diverted for better purposes. I am of the opinion also, that Madame Laymah Gbowee should not have honored the invitation to speak at an Independence Day program that has been criticized, and marked with a loud public outcry.
The cost of the Independence Day celebration could have been used to renovate the science building on the University of Liberia Fendell Campus which lies in ruins. The funds could have been used to build more than ten to fifteen mini clinics in and around the country to help with the primary healthcare for our people. Gbowee should have recommended that money be used to finance some sort of projects that could contribute to uplifting the lives of ordinary Liberians rather than the dining, winning and merrymaking that came with the occasion.
What is also surprising is that Madame Gbowee speech was hypocritical. When did she realize that the president was looting, and dividing the state? When did she realize that the president is yet to declare and make his assets public? As a critical voice, she has been silent all along. Now, let see after Gbowee’s speech, if the President Weah will declare his assets, if the government will restitute all the stolen money it has taken away from the Liberian people, or if the president will sack all the incompetent appointees and bring a new batch of competent civil servants on board. No, these won’t happen, nothing is going to change. Even the protest organized few weeks ago to demand the government to pay the university lecturers and has yielded some results, then the speech that has been much talked about, while I commend Gbowee for her strides, she is not sustaining in her advocacy, and that is sad. As Liberians, we must begin to rethink and reshape our thoughts. We must stop being opportunists, at every junction.
Lawrence S. Tuah can be contacted@firstname.lastname@example.org, cell-0770563002