Liberia’s general and presidential elections are a few weeks to come. Next October 10 vote-taking is central to the future of Liberia and its people. Liberians are in dire need of someone to identify with their difficulty and seek their wellbeing.
The country is weighed down by an insensitive government system, sunk in corruption, aggravated by cronyism and abuse of power; inequalities are ever-present, basic social services are lacking or scarce, huge unemployment is on the rise, a credible health care delivery system is non-existent. The education system is swamped by government neglect. The country is slipping into vacancy day by day.
The economy is on a down-trend, while poverty level is exceedingly increasing. Nearly 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, of which 1.3 million are deprived and live in extreme poverty. For many years now Liberia remains on the world chart among the poorest, most corrupt and least developed nations on the face of the earth.
The solution to Liberia’s life-long challenges has unrelentingly evaded the citizenry. It is glaringly apparent the government lacks political will and emotional intelligence to meet the many contradictions pestering the nation. The Sirleaf government has since breached its contract with the population, such bond reached at her election to shelter the people’s welfare, economic, social, political or otherwise.
The government has failed above and beyond all measures to fulfill this obligation. The people are in a free-for-all mode for survival. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s election is an experiment in Liberia that has gone terribly wrong. Yet she has earned from her supporters the fanciful name, ‘Ellen the Iron Lady’; and the infuriating question remains: where in Ellen is the Iron?
I owe no loyalty to a political party or a political person. That’s how I am left alone to speak truth to partisan issues verbatim.
George Weah is a singularity, a sensation in modern Liberian political history, and those who deny it may be living in the land of literary character Rip Van Winkle. The reality of it might well be creeping on them.
The world rose in ovation of George Weah’s braininess and intelligence on the international scene of football rivalry. At his retirement from football, Weah became a logo, an insignia of grassroots political enlightenment in Liberia. Hundreds of thousands, including the downtrodden, dispirited, dejected, ‘uneducated’ have responded in mass to Weah’s call for a new political imperative that prescribes a just and equal society.
George Weah has grown rapidly but steadily in stature and perception. The grandest gesture of nobility ever played in Liberian political history at least in my recollection, is Weah’s granting or ceding his right to the presidency to another presidential contender.
This gesture has no precedent in our history. It is indeed a show of humility, and done in a spirit of selflessness, subordinating egoism to country and people. This is the kind of virtue all Liberians should aspire in electing a person who longs to be president of our country.
Weah has grown from the rubbles of ‘inexperience’ and of lack of so-called education; he has earned two degrees; a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Devry University, a reputable American University.
Weah’s ascension to Senator of Montserrado County after compellingly spanking Robert Sirleaf, the well-to-do son of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is classic of his political inspiration and grassroots benefaction. Now let’s see how far his critics lower the crossbar.
George Weah is passionate to become Liberia’s servant, having the natural feeling to work for, enrich the lives of people, and prescribe a just and caring nation. This is what compels Weah to the presidency. Others are driven by “get-up-and-go” to the Executive Mansion, attempts to make dogmatic arguments in favor of their desiring to be president.
To say, for example, “I am Vice President for 12 years; it’s now time that I take the ultimate trophy, the presidency”; or “after reaping much, and achieving great financial wealth from my business ventures, the ultimate goal now is to become president”; or that “I am a scholarly legal mind, and thriving, what more, but to sit in the highest office in the land.
George Weah’s expressed strength of character to be president of Liberia has no measure of posturing or political jabbing. George Weah will be, as Samuel Doe was in some respects. Doe’s mode of governance was unconventional, unreservedly out of the realm of homogeneous political brand. Doe acknowledged Liberia’s development needs and moved swiftly and willfully to meet the challenge. George Weah will be a lookalike.
Weah has an inherent desire to search out solutions to Liberia’s problems, fight for its wellbeing and deliver it from the clutch of the few and advantaged. Weah’s election as president will awaken the common man or common woman’s hope. He will be a straight shooter. And when all bears out, a George Weah avant-garde, hands-on approach to governance will meet frontal the life-long challenges plaguing the country. Watch my word.