By Jones Nhinson Williams |
It is difficult to figure out what is the matter with Liberia and Liberians since everything about the country and the thinking of most Liberians is backward. Instead of moving forward, Liberia is constantly and systematically trending backward socially, economically and politically.
There is a vacuum in every space: the judiciary is compromised and ethically dispensable; the legislature is corrupt, inept and full of disputed fellows, and the executive branch is never short on offering unending surprises to Liberians and the world. Majority of Liberians, many of whom make up the poor and working class don’t even get it! They glorify their victimhood by valuing and praising those who use them, abuse them, steal from them and even marginalize them. As a result, Liberia is not only collapsing but moving backward while the rest of the world is moving forward. This is the result of backward thinking, organized and systemic orruption and the culture of impunity. Backward thinking is also the enforcer of corruption, bad governance and all of Liberia’s challenges to its nation-building efforts.
Liberia faces five main nation-building challenges: (1) the challenge from our history as a country; (2) the challenge of our socio-economic inequalities; (3) the challenges of real and appropriate constitutional settlement; (4) the challenges of building independent, transparent and accountable institutions for our democracy and development; and (5) the challenge of visionary and upright leadership.