Prof. Alaric Tokpa, a former student leader for the Liberian National Student Union (LINSU), during a speech, has maintained that “an honoring dinner” wasn’t “a time for much talking.”
Prof. Tokpa acknowledged this particular “recognition” imposed upon him an “obligation” for which he felt compellingly required to say something about” what he called, “the threat of breakdown” Liberia is presently faced with.
He posed six key “unanswered questions” that he said, Liberia faces in the hope that those who apparently have the country’s interest at heart would begin to find answers to those questions as time could not permit him to elaborate or provide “clarifications [on some issues] that could lead in the direction of reasonable answers.”
The political scientist theorized that “ever problem has a cause.” “And in order to solve a problem,” he pointed out, “you must try to find the cause of that problem.”
But he said, “The key to finding the cause to problems is to ask the right questions. I think that we have not yet asked the right questions in our attempt to attack the Liberia problem.”
Amongst the challenging questions posed by professor Tokpa were:
With these, among others, Prof. Tokpa urged Liberians themselves to find the right answers to those burning questions because, as he put it, “No other country or experts who have not lived our historical experience will find themselves in a better position to answer these questions for us.”
“We have the power. Be not deceived. We have the power to change Liberia. We must know that we have that power. We must claim that power. We must utilize that power in a progressive democratic manner,” he declared. RELATED STORY