ethnocentrismOp-ed 

Nimba: Ethnocentrism and the Land–Grabb Issue

 

By: Andrew Borbor Werlay Jaye, Jr

 

When the body and flesh of the republic are monstrously bruised, the soul of the nation in which the people have nationalized inhomogeneity becomes groveling to the knees of ethnocentrism.

Defining Ethnocentrism

Ethnocentrism is one disease that has been a cancerous proclivity, says, diminishing our cells in opposition to a vibrant political system.

But ethnocentrism is not an element of natural science. It is birthed by greedy men (who interact with the animals, plants, and environments) who crave everything to themselves as demagogues of the lands.

These tribalists, wearing the garments of their ethnic groups, heartened by evil motives, cluster whole tribes into long–life conflicts.  The consequences of these conflicts, each day that passes by, become visibly troublesome and frustrating.

 

The Foundation of the Crisis

At the core of the Liberian civil war (1989 – 2003) which was spurred by both internal and external factors, warmongers stocked on the magnet of ethnocentrism to find appealing grounds on which young men and children could join several rebel groups, i.e, National Patriotic Front of Liberia(NPFL), Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL), United Liberation Movement of Liberia (ULIMO–K), United Liberation Movement of Liberia (ULIMO–J), Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL).

Rebel leaders like former president Taylor of the NPFL and Senator Prince Johnson of the INPFL cunningly conscientized the Gios and Manos(Dans) against the Krahns and Mandingoes of Master Sergeant Doe. That if the Gios and Manos ( do not hold guns on behalf of their communitarian ethnicity, they would be consummated by the terror of the Krahns and Mandingoes, and of the Doe Military Junta (a sectarian bloodbath which the Junta had also welcomed); thus, the rebel leaders emphasized on the Failed November 12, 1985, Coup and the Nimba Raid.

This is what breathed into the republic the discord between the Gios and Manos and the Krahns and Mandingoes during the Civil War, and still after, in cases of the employment of the “divide–and–rule tactics” by political yahoos. But before the Civil War, these tribes would dwell together in harmony.

 

How Can We Connect the Mandingoes in Our Ethnic Analysis Here? 

By history, the Mandingoes were highly embraced by Chairman Doe of the Krahn ethnicity during the heydays of the Military Junta.  Centered on the Liberian Civil War, such a conjecture is mostly referenced because of the emergence of warring factions like ULIMO–J and ULIMO–K, and their metaphorical character into LURD and MODEL after the death (September 1990) of Master Seargent Doe by a kinsman (Prince Johnson of INPFL) of the Gios.

 

The Land–Grabb Issue

With the schism of whether the Mandingoes bought the land after which time they had migrated and settled in Ganta, the capital of Nimba, has been faced with stiffed opposition by some members of the Gio and Mano tribal backgrounds for many years after the cessation of the sounds of the gun in Liberia.

 

Ellen and her Hidden Husbandry to Ethnocentrism

During the previous regime of Johnson–Sirleaf, there were several engagements to bring an end to this tribal matter. But truth be told, the Johnson–Sirleaf regime was a high–profile beneficiary of such communitarian ethnocentrism. Johnson–Sirleaf played her tribal cards well. Political opportunists like Prince Johnson, Musa Bility, and so on, were skillfully hired in exchange for political clientelism by Johnson–Sirleaf to reconcile the tribal groups with no concrete solutions of conflict resolution. This tribal failure of conflict resolution by a system–which machinery has not been redeemed from the vestiges of tribalism, tells more about the reappearance of the Land–Grabb Issue in Weah’s Liberia.

 

Nagbe and the Fist of the Law

So who sparked the recent Suah–Donzo–Jabateh’s conflict? Another tribalist from Southeastern Liberia, Associate Justice in Joseph Nagbe. Having been smuggled from the Senate as a Senator of Sinoe County to serve as an agent of persecution against the dissenting voices of the Weah administration, Nagbe is the MAN–IN–TOWN, numbering from the Sumakai’s Case to the Yekeh’s Crucification, and now to the eviction of the Donzos and the Jabatehs in Ganta, Nimba County.

Nagbe’s writ of eviction has come with a thunderous storm, as a warehouse hosting a multitude of commodities worth 34 million (Frontpage Africa) has been set at blaze, and the flames of ashes, by angry individuals mostly disconcerted by tribal antagonism.

 

Narrow-mindedness

Yet, some pundits and journalists stick to the helter-skelter of a view that it is just a Suah–Donzo–Jabateh’s civil disturbance. The psychological, sociological, and historical chains that have kept the Gios, Manos, and Mandingoes in cruel bondage of hostility, are preponderant of evidence that speak to how our past continues to affect our future.

 

How We Beat Ethnocentrism?

To crush this type of ethnic menace, we cannot rely upon a sectarian regime that also relies on tribalism. For political capital, the Weah’s regime’s hold on Senator Prince Johnson, a man whose political success has been one of divisiveness, discord and demagoguery, is sufficient to confirm our claim thereof.

Finally, the bottom line is that a progressive vanguard that perceives politics, economics, and culture beyond the veils of ethnocentrism, is the only movement that can mark the collapse of tribalism and sectionalism in our everyday political life.

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