A Liberia that I would love to see

libe-mmap-md “A man’s feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world,” George Santayana, a Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist said.

Yes, this is what we will love to see.

Welcome to plain Talk. Many years ago, this land known as Liberia attracted some former slaves from the United States and other parts of the world to come and settle down. The attraction to Liberia was not by their own will, but rather, at the will of former slave masters.

They thought that there would be resentment, hatred and perhaps, reprisal on the white communities in the long run to their slaves masters and families; so they needed place to send them for settlement.

The man who established the –American Colonization Society-ACS, Robert Finley, along with others, repatriated them to Liberia and other countries.

Their coming to Liberia was done basically to find a space for the black race, who could not easily be absorbed in the United states due to what was seen as an Embedded hatred which could have exploded one day if they were left alone.

But be as it may, the plain Talk is that they left, they came and they settled.

But this week, on July 26, the country would be celebrating 168 years of existence as a nation. The second oldest independent black country in the world next to Haiti which became an independent nation on January 1, 1804.

Well, for me, the plain Talk is, too many things can be seen today. A country with the first female president of Africa, a country that does not have a direct system in place, a country that fought for the independence of other countries but she remains saddled with abject poverty. A country where the judiciary system is trying to be strong, a country where many citizens are considered as unfriendly, corrupt, a country blessed with mineral resources, yet, its citizens only see these resources being exported, a country that has poor health system, a country that the older generation is more educated than the younger generation, a country that leaders can be killed at times.

Anyway, this current president needs to be commended. When she took office, most of the roads were out of control, most clinics were down, many companies were out. Today, with the contacts, she has been able to bring some level of credibility to country.

But well, after that is said, what country would I love to see Liberia in the next ten years and beyond?

For me, I would love see a country of laws in which the law speaks for all irrespective of a person’s position, status in the society or the like; a country in which there would be improved healthcare system, improved education system, improved infrastructure, where pregnant women would be given special attention in all hospitals, where nationalism would be at its peak, where nepotism would become a crime. Not only that, but also, a country that would have a well trained police, military, good running water and above all, respect for one another.

A Liberia that I would love to see is one that each citizen would be concerned about his or her environment, where the physically challenged would be well catered to, where mad persons would be given attention to. Is that all? I say no. But read on.

A Liberia that would one day become a producing ground for some of its own natural resources-where citizens would be happy to see made in Liberia goods.

A Liberia whose leaders would seek the welfare of its people and protect their interest; whose lawmakers would not be driven by selfishness, who would scrutinize every contract for the betterment of the country.

Surely, the Plain Talk is a Liberia that all would be happy to live and help build.

I leave you with these words from the former American president, Theodore who spoke with his citizens. He said: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” Theodore Roosevelt

Until then, I see you next week. Happy celebration

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists.