-Is It An Inherited Troubling Omen? If Not, Then Why Weah’s Pro-Poor Regime Is Gradually Transforming Liberia Into A ‘Protest Nation’? And When Will They Ever Learn?
With the nation being swept from its balance and grimly overwhelmed by chain of protests almost all financially-driven with government’s sadly receiving the shock and backlash for reneging to promptly live up to one of its cardinal statutory obligations; thereby being accused of involving into what pundits dubbed as ‘brutal display’ in reference to the recent fiasco between students of the W.V.S. Tubman-MCSS fencing for their teachers’ salary payment; again are (pundits) tying the heavy handedness of the police as a platform suitable for Information Minister L. Eugene Nagbe’s proclamation that if the opposition are begging for political prisoner’s status they would surely get it.
While the protest fever keeps swelling up from one sector to another, loyalists and staunch supporters of the government including some officials are blaming the opposition political elements of inciting and instigating the wave of protest confronting the Pro-Poor administration solely to discredit and undermine Weah’s leadership from delivering the goods and services to the people
A brief post-survey conducted over the weekend by this paper regarding the unfortunate development the government and protesting students, most people spoken with sounded a caution that the leadership should be careful how it handles matters resulting into protest especially when it involves the payment of salaries duly owed the government’s employees.
Another batch frankly reminded the government to shine its eyes properly and see what lesson it can learn an what it can do swiftly to avoid fertilizing the tenets of protest; adding if the government wants to be sincere to itself, it is aware that the issue of protest due to several reasons with salary payment being no exception is not strange, and all government needs to do is to perform credibly and institute preemptive measures that will allow protest no room for entertainment.
The other group stated that currently, there are protest activities, whether against political dispensation, corruption, bad governance, depressed and non-functioning economy among other administrative woes storming Hong Kong, Barcelona, Lebanon, Haiti just to name a few and it is troubling omen for the government to meet fire with fire wherein the people with no sophisticated defense posture are bound to take the heat.
Moreover, as the protest heat continues to steam up, and after the teachers’ then stepped in the tactical go-slow exercise launched by the University of Liberia’s professors in demand of the just salaries and benefits from government, critics are beginning to call President George M. Weah’s Liberia as an unceasing protest nation.
Despite the administration’s stalwarts claiming that the leadership is doing much more to develop the country and that he detractors are all out cooking up unnecessary issues to derail the administration’s profound efforts; however, the critics argued that unfolding conditions on the ground is a clear indicator that times are tougher and people are frustratingly battling hardship in a country led by the most popular and long serving opposition that also used the platform of protest against the previous government in portraying its dissatisfactions over the manner and form the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ran the country.
The critics also threw out a challenge and asked to be proven wrong if hardship and poverty are not alarming with so many people out of jobs and cannot fence for themselves and families; while the numerous reflection of this year’s school going children has disturbingly dropped due to parents’ inability to foot the bills for the kids to be and remain in school, something they noted is pathetic and gross denial of such generation of citizens to acquire education while persistent reports in the newspapers and on the radios showing the budgets of the Speakers, his deputy as well as members of the House of Representatives and the senators including what they referred to as ‘super ministers’ and other privileged few.