By Elder Siahyonkron Nyanseor, Lawrenceville, GA-To be an advocate for positive change in a dynamic society (country) requires putting the denizens and country first instead of personal interests. Moreover, it imposes the burden of avoiding errors of the past as a mean of satisfying majority of the people who have been distressed due to lack of good governance. Refusal to pay heed to this admonition most likely yields unbearable human catastrophes which could be worse than the current state of the nation.
Invariably this has been the practice of most African leaders of which past Liberian administrations could not be excused and certainly Liberia’s President Johnson-Sirleaf and her Unity Party government are no exception.
This brings to mind an observation captured by a veteran Liberian political analyst who wrote: “The Unity Party government can be compared to a stubborn child; steadfast in mischief, who does not pay heed to parental and divine advice until trouble descends”.
Is it naivety, power intoxication or obsession by the ruling party’s educational elitism? Obviously, these individuals have failed to conceive the pains encountered by ordinary Liberians daily.
In my candid opinion, it is the negligence to practice good governance and ignore sufferings experienced by the governed. To dwell on these issues brings to mind the resume of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Barak Obama just to list a few.
These leaders have demonstrated to the world and continue to portray their concerns for the human family. Currently, the President of the United States, a “Harvard” graduate is making every effort not to take his county to war.
This brings to conclusion with few alternatives that it is not adequate to reason that educational institutions and systems sufficiently mold individuals for the betterment of society.
Rather, positive contributions imparted by an individual or group of individuals for the benefit of mankind emanates from innate characteristics refined by parental training and guardian. Equally significant are the teachings of political socialization and positive religious fellowship.
For these preparations, I am very grateful to the following; my mother, Madam Worhwinn Mydea Sarkpah and father Tee-Tee Torborh Korlah Nyanseor, Mr. Samuel Edgar Sie Badio, Sr. (aka Teacher Pepper) then principal at the Government Morning School (GMS) South Beach, Monrovia, in the 1960s including my third grade teacher, Mrs. Ayeko Carey (aka Teacher Carey). To all of them, we remain GRATEFUL for the discipline and SOUND EDUCATION received.
On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, while MOLAC and CLACI were joined by other concerned Liberians and friends to protest against the corrupt practices in the Liberian Government at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York; President Johnson Sirleaf chose to meet with her “Diaspora Cabinet” – officers of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA). These are faithful Supporters of her government’s policies. The ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE was held at the Liberian Mission in New York.
About the Author: Siahyonkron J. K. Nyanseor is a poet, a Griot, journalist, cultural and political activist, and an ordained Minister of the Gospel. He is Chairman of the Liberian Democratic Future (LDF); publisher of theperspective.org online newsmagazine. He serves as Senior Advisor to the Voice of Liberia newsmagazine as well as Senior Advisor to MOLAC and CLACI. In 2012, he Co-authored Djogbachiachuwa: The Liberian Literature Anthology. He can be reached at: