‘Paper Tiger’


-Alaric Togba Describes CDC Government; If I were inciting violence within the student community, this Gov’t Would have been out of here long ago.

By: Jackson C. Clay, Jr.

A former student leader of the University of Liberia during the ‘80s, Alaric Tokpa has described the Coalition of Democratic Change- led government under the leadership of President George Weah as a ‘paper tiger’.

Alaric Tokpa                  Pres. George Weah

A paper tiger a person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual. Speaking when he appeared on a local radio talk show, the Okay Afternoon Conversation, aired on Okay 99.5 in Monrovia, Professor Tokpa said that if he were inciting violence within the student community, this government would have been out of here long ago.

“If I were inciting violence on the campuses of the University of Liberia this government will be running away now I can assure you because this government is a paper tiger,” Professor Tokpa said.

The University Professor indicated that he has on many occasions been engaged to advice youth and students leaders that feel threatened by the government and would want to flee the country, but was quick to note they show not but stay and face the struggle, thus it is the way of a democratic struggle that succeed and more effectively.

Tokpa stated that the if any sector or side in that country that is to leave should be the government itself because according to him, the CDC- led government has underperformed in its first year.

“If any side or sector in this business that should leave it is the government, because it has underperformed so much so that the expectation of our people and the disappointment of our people are so great, because disappointment is as a result of expectation, but for those who did not expect the government to perform they are leaving with the reality,” Professor Tokpa noted.

At the same time, Professor Tokpa stated that he does not in any way think that this government would perform any better in the coming years, adding he hopes the government can prove him wrong.

He asserted that he hopes that this government can perform, noting that within the space of just one year there has been so much claims and counter claims over missing billion Liberian banknotes and the twenty-five million infuse into the Liberian economy.

The UL Professor voiced that what happened in Liberia with regards to the missing 16billion Liberian banknotes cannot be tolerated in other African countries or the world at large.

You see the amassing wealth all around here, you see the way the President is constructing for himself and not paying attention to the society clearly tells you that something went wrong,” Professor Tokpa said.

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