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Sunday, February 25, 2024

LIBERIA: ONE COUNTRY – DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES – DEPENDING ON WHO’S SPEAKING…

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A Patriot’s Diary

With Ekena Nyankun Juahgbe-Droh Wesley

Prince Charles is not his real name. He is actually born of Liberian descent. Passionately, he visits the homeland periodically. But his recent visit to the motherland has not been as nauseating and terrorizing as ever. Asked how his visit to Liberia was. Prince replied, “our people are suffering…” That was not the same impression having made two successive visits in the last 36 months.

Prince Charles does not belong to any political party. He is a Liberian businessman who stays away from politics. Lest we forget, he needs the politicians because he has to pay taxes. Prince thinks the country is worse off than it has ever been. But CDCians would not agree. They believe before Weah, several leaders were on the scene. Is that a better argument?

It’s woefully insane to continue to brood over the inability of past leaders to do this or that. Weah’s election was informed by the hindsight to outperform his predecessors. So, why unnecessarily brood over insanity? Mind you, Prince is a Liberian like all others who send endless text messages about likely interventions amid the looming sufferings plaguing ordinary Liberians.

The nation’s capital is a public health disaster. What has that go to do with later president Williams V.S. Tubman let alone former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf? Simply put, the Mayor prides in fancying Gucci products in the capitals’ unending filth and mountain of garbage when the city remains Africa’s dirtiest seat of government. Isn’t that ironic?

CDCians are among the scores of Liberians beleaguered by the extreme hardship besetting Liberians amid the leadership cluelessness. While they empathize with their plight in the face of mounting hardship, you cannot take away their inclined zealotry, passion and diehard craze for their idol, George Manneh Weah. In President Weah, CDCians see nothing absolutely wrong. He’s a reflection of their ‘slum-ness, frustration and difficulties.’ It is often incomprehensible when one pities the plight of the suffering masses – who would seemingly ignore their moment of despair.

Why think about comparing Tubman, Tolbert or Doe with Weah? It is because they perhaps did not do better, that compelled Weah to show up from the football pitch to make the wrong right. People are suffering, according to Prince but they seem not to understand the plight. It could be psychological or a mental health issue though.

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