Which Way, Liberians?

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We once more give God the glory for giving us the strength, foresight, and steadfastness to produce this Seventh Edition of Images Magazine.

For some time now, I have been thinking about the content of this editorial; hence, there could have been no better time to address the issue of some Liberians, who are working to destroy themselves and their country, than now.   

Prior to the country’s armed conflict that spanned over a decade, the Government and friendly people of   Japan built for Liberia a very powerful radio and television network and a modern Natiomal Museum. These facilities were later pillaged and destroyed by Liberians for whom they were intended.

Again, Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), under the management of Christopher Z. Neyor, set up electrical facilities from the Freeport of Monrovia on Bushrod Island to the Redlight Community in Paynesville. Again, these facilities were vandalized not by foreigners, but by citizens of Liberia for whom they were intended.

These are just a few of the kinds of destruction being done to the country at this time, when the country’s donors and other partners are doing everything to assist with its reconstruction, peace-building, and democratic process.

 The armed conflict in Liberia ended some eight years ago; yet, we continue to face a war of indiscipline, lack of patriotism, and pure criminality.

We destroyed our own properties, some of which were provided with the financial, material, and other contributions by our international partners.

 Few months ago, we all gathered in Vai Town on Bushrod Island to dedicate a modern bridge that stood as the star in the darkness. The construction of that bridge reduced the traffic jam that has hampered the movements of motorists and commuters since the collapse of the old bridge, which was constructed many years ago by Liberia’s 18th  President, late William V. S. Tubman.

 Today, the sad news is that the cables that light up the new bridge, known as Zolu Doma Bridge, at night have been vandalized by Liberians themselves. I wonder which way Liberians are taking their country?

I spent few weeks in Accra, Ghana, in the month of June on a health trip. Each time I left the hospital en route to my hotel, I was amazed by the level of development and transformation Ghana has achieved. I totally forgot about my illness, and started agonizing over the way we treat our country. I vividly remembered when in 1982  I bought toiletries and other essentials from Liberia, in order to send for friends in Ghana. Today, the story is the other way around.

On the day for the celebration of our Independence on 26 July 2012, I received many calls from prominent Liberians inquiring about my absence from that historic ceremony. Some wanted to know if I was ill.  Honestly, nothing was wrong with me. I did not attend because of the level of disrespect we, as Liberians, continue to show one another and the country. We disrespect others because of their chosen professions.

The last time I received an invitation to a national event was when Ambassador J. Adolphus During was Chief of Protocol. Probably, others think that because I carry camera on my neck, I am not worthy to receive an invitation to a national event. This is most unfortunate. Even when journalists go to events, organizers of such events distribute program sheets to the exclusion of media practitioners.

The only regret I had for not attending the event was that the national orator, Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, is not only my father’s literary friend, and one that has worked so hard to preserve Bai T. Moore’s works, but he is also a man whose wisdom I highly cherish.