We have searched, as well as studied and struggled for the objective conditions of our people and the achievement of an egalitarian society. We have always wanted a better Liberia, where Liberians will live irrespective of their tribe, culture, race, tradition, and creed or political affiliation. We went to the houses of the grandeur political politicos including those who are in the status quo yet we couldn’t get the empirical answer we wanted to march in the people’s struggle. Nonetheless, we remain with the facts to ascertain our acceptance with Dr. H Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr.
We have witnessed the mass of our people suffered from the pangs of poverty and frustration owing to the people they elected during elections and nonetheless blame politicians for their action and inaction. They blamed activists and people like our leader and teacher HB for their deed and indecision, nevertheless they forgot to note their actions constituted the leaders and the followers. Despite the soft conjunctive gerund proficiency that history has abrogated obligations unto men to struggle or kowtow in progress or in failure, HB had chosen the latter.
Today, we stand in defense not only of our leader and teacher, H. BoimaFahnbulleh Jr., but all progressive forces who struggled for an equal society, equal rights and equality of treatment of all men. When we first met Dr. H. BoimaFahnbulleh as ordinary University amateurs, we thought he was the greatest of all evils in the Liberian society having been told by our parents that they (progressives) were the cause of the destruction and mayhem of yesteryears. We were informed by generational renegades that Dr. BoimaFahnbulleh and the leaders of the rice riot caused the problems of Liberia today, but quietly they refused to allude to the unraveled facts that we as revolutionaries must never condemn the actions of history without investigation, instead we must accept and confront the contradictions that followed historical occurrence. We accepted those teachings and lived by them conscientiously in so far they came from our nipple strands despite we were baffled by the provision of information without facts. Yet we believed struggling against the position of paternal hegemony was a taboo to the plebeians of our community. We approved and pontificated that the Progressives were never wrong in changing the wheel of democracy of our country to allow us to participate fully and freely.
Fanon thought us that “Every generation has relative obscurity, to fulfilled its mission or to betrayed it”. So it’s the same as Dr. H. BoimaFahnbulleh and the Progressive class that taught us either to fulfill our mission or betray it. We have chosen the former because our leaders HB and his likes fulfilled their mission and we are now inspired to guide and protect the democracy of our forbearers.
The mission of the Progressives was multi-party democracy. They wanted a state where people will participate in the decision-making process of their country without being tasked to pay hut task. They struggled for a state where people will have the right to vote irrespective of the binomial nomenclature. HB and the blissful Progressives struggled for a Liberia where everyone would have access to education regardless of their tribe, religion, or cultural abrogation. Their struggle was for the dignity and respect of all men regardless of creed, religion, or tribe. They struggled in the context of the issues that confronted their generation and if these vices were to rise again, we are sure that our leader and teacher Dr. H. BoimaFahnbulleh will confront them with the same vigor and courage as in 1970s and 80s.
HB as he is affectionately called by his cadres and militants has always been at the barricades. He has never traded his love for the motherland and the dignity of the people for self-glorification and national approval and will never adopt this form of insanity only to be exalted.
Today, we celebrate the life of this great patriot not only because of the role he has played in transforming us from mere humans to revolutionaries but also from scholars to change-makers. We have not only read his articles but also received his teachings of dialectics and pedagogy. Since our maiden interaction with this great patriot was the denouement in our political journey to place the nation and people over the self. He had taught us not only to struggle and fight for the excursion of society but also for the liberation of our minds. In his words that we remembered fondly, he said “any education that is not placed at the service of the masses is useless”. Now more than ever before, we affirmed this statement as a way of life for all students and cadres rising through the ranks and steps of national transformation.
Unarguably, there’s a very critical few of our gullible generation who sees merit as the sincerest tool to morally fulfill the prophecy of man’s indebtedness to transform his understanding and society. We have held sacred those deep Hegelian dialectics the, moral and spiritual decadence, wide-scale violence, economic hardships, complacency, stunning poverty, conflicts, a buckled education system, paralyzed health system, vilified cultural configuration, gullible youths, unprepared menfolk, and the monstrous intransigent vices of capitalism.
Throughout your conscious ride on and remarkable revolutionary journey, Dr. HB. Your prediction of the incompetent democrat baited as a gambit pawn by desperate charlatans to unleash their Faustian agenda has scored as a material allusion to the contemporary conspiracy concocted, is prophetic and has now doomed the motherland. No matter how tense these contradictions exist, you have taught us to build thicker skins and keep resilience in the struggle for social justice, and so we have taken on the onerous duty to confront the contradictions in any form and manner they exist. To hold these ideas sacrosanct for the judgment of posterity, you have edified our generation to make a huge investment in education, for it is through education that one can transform any stagnant society.
Finally, if this society must celebrate a remarkable crusader par excellence, and if man’s rewards are given by society in reflection brilliantly cheerful beyond the blur canopies of bigotry and immaterialism, and if we are to validate man’s journey from the corridors of growth to valleys of development, we are inevitably certain that the remarkable revolutionary turned reservoir of consciousness will be posted as a glowing beacon of the Liberian consciousness, and Hb is such one character. We shall keep fighting for social justice as you taught us, HAIL OUR PROGRESSIVE MASTER, BOIMA FAHNBULLEH!
By Daniel T. Bestman And Mustapha N. Kanneh
Main Photo: Dr. Boimah Fahnbulleh