Liberia now becoming a very fascinating country, becoming comparable with the Republic of Kenya --- I truly mean no harm --- but for the fact that most of its citizens take pleasure in wearing coat suit to whatever little chore they may have to do daily in contributions to the growth and development of the nation, ours still remain a fan-faring or bluffing one at the extreme expense of tax-payers.
Visiting the capital of Nairobi in the 1990s for the first time to attend the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (ADB) at which several other international financial institutions around the world have always made their presence felt, including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), etc., it became quite amazing to have watched most of the friendly people of that African republic riding bicycles to work or places of destinations well-attired.
Coming from a "small America," Liberia, and used to casual wearing when nothing official was taking place, I wondered and interestingly asked others why the culture of "coat suits."
Drilling myself through the experience and fortunate to have met a Liberian broadcaster who had once worked for the ELWA radio station but was in the employ of the Standard Newspaper, Neyla Gruduah, it became established that the newly-found culture was embedded in the historical changes in which Asian nations, particularly the Republic of China, stood as giant.
Most times appearing truly strange at gatherings that I had entered, with neatly-fit trousers and shirt, I still felt uncomfortable by not been attired in coast suit, something begun wearing since 1969 upcountry, improved upon whilst attending Stella Polaris. Well, should I at this instant again say thanks to Dad? "You like it Jacko, you nan like it, Jacko lantern," it is said in Liberia. Not truly a reference to a schoolmate, Mr. Jacko Howard who once worked with the General Services Agency (GSA) during the 1980s as Chief Security. Simply an American boy!
Truly strange to blind-followers and dark-workers enh? Anyway, with the above set and having exhibited some level of honesty by the current leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in reconciling Liberians, without much reference to this year’s Independence Day Orator, Dr. Elwood Dunn who classified periods in the nation’s history into the "Trippled Experience," former Information Minister Rev. Emmanuel Z. Bowier has begun ringing aloud the bells of true prophecy requiring the impelling need for all Liberians to demonstrate sincerity and commitment through very transpaerent means.
The culture of impunity, as though literally but yet to be understood practically, is taking full grisp of the Liberian society once again. Many continue to say that because of exclusionary tactics and not finding this columnist and Rev. Bowier once more in higher echelon of government, the messages are fraught with what is known in mass communication as noise. A man born with "cutlass" in his hands?
Noise? They are indeed clear signals of the biblical and Qu’ranic sayings that if one finds evil coming to the next person and refuses to tell them, both share the blame and punishment from God, but if one forewarns and the other refuses to listen, he or she bears the brunt, the differentiation gradually evolving in the interactions of mankind in the country instantly prick the hearts of the sane-minded that "Liberians are soon to forget."
Whilst several pertinent issues may have been raised by Rev. Bowier a fortnight ago on the achievement of genuine reconciliation in the country, having delved into the history of where the nation has come from, where it momentarily is and where it must go, at least for may who have been categorized as "slaves," yet wanting their services only in times of trouble or war but instantly dislodged in time of reconstruction on pretentious basis do have now come to fully understand the plans and seriously await the next turn of their trial. After all, who is greater than God?
Stealing of the nation’s resources, involving County Development Fund (CDF), without accountability in the surreptitious cause of impunity is quite deadening, howbeit the little peanuts that one must accept simply keep life moving and daring to stay in the satanic way.
Rev. Bowier’s warning on Tuesday that "when you continue to intimidate people, you will end up in jail and the rest of Liberians will go free," premised upon the Biblical truth of Moses that "He that ruleth over men must be just, sovereign in the sight of God," the "Baby play must immediately stop," else citizens may have another language to speak far beyond that which had been learnt from the past debacle, leaving only the ordinary that could not easily fly, sail or penetrate routes by land to become prime victims.
Unless prepared re-design the wheel of suppression and oppression at the expense of democracy that will surely not come to pass, these are the little things that matter when a people refuse to learn from the past out of traditional images, moreso with many masquerading as geniuses without exhibits of death-traps of the past.