By heralding Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the world deceives and neglects Liberia’s poor

Jones Nhinson Williams | Globe Afrique |

Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Liberian president and “winner” of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Ibrahim Prize.

The Time for Truth! Every day has been a sad day in Liberia, at least for most Liberian families or communities. In general, poverty, hardship, and uncontrollable grief define Liberia, as most people in the country are severely lacking in basic needs in the truest sense of the word.

We can attribute some of Liberia’s problems to past leaders, including Presidents William VS Tubman, William Richard Tolbert, Jr., Samuel Kanyon Doe, Sr., Amos Claudius Sawyer, and Charles Gyude Bryant, but none of these former Liberian heads of state except Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has instituted a culture of “I really don’t care” and “It is all about me.”

This “I really don’t care” and “It is all about me” culture is having profound negative consequences on Liberia and its people now, and it will continue to impose faulty tenets in the years and decades to come if Liberians do not realize an urgent need for God’s intervention. I say God’s intervention because Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as president and former president of the country, has managed to cage the entire nation, thwarted its path for progress and is derailing its consciousness for real change even as we have put in place a new administration. She understands the psychology––greed and personal aggrandizement––of the so-called Liberian political class and the haphazard civil society and religious leaders.

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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, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.