We, a group of concerned citizens of the Republic of Liberia, have heard and read that you are displeased and disappointed over the fact that Liberians rewarded with political leadership those who caused their suffering and death and the destruction of our country.
We do understand your point – that is, your frustration, Bishop. When a group of people who think and believe that those who selflessly work for the sustenance of humanity or society should be welcome and commended and those who cause, or seek to increase, the suffering of a people should be rejected and reprimanded are hailed as heroes and liberators, it defies logic, bemuses the people and frustrates them. So, we do understand your anger and frustration, Bishop.
Men and women who found satisfaction in subjecting the people of Liberia, as well as foreigners, to heinous acts are today lording over us. They are our rulers and policy-makers. They are the ones having control not just over us, but also over the national resources. Believe us, Bishop. We do understand your disappointment and frustration.
In one of your remarks, you said: “This place called Liberia is the only country on the planet that rewards criminals for their participation in the destruction of our land, property and the death of 250,000 (people) in thin air.”
You also said: “Those who committed the worst crimes in our society are the ones occupying high government posts. What a surprise!” Indeed, this is unfortunate and unacceptable – or at least, it should be. So we do understand your anger, disappointment and frustration, Bishop Warner. Rewarding gross violators of human rights with high public jobs and positions is not only unfortunate; it is sad – really sad.
Individuals who sought to destroy Sierra Leone were rejected. They were given political back kicks during the electioneering. There was no space for them in parliament. There was neither a place for them in the Executive nor a place for them in the Judiciary. In Liberia, the situation is different. Therefore, we do understand your anger and disappointment.
In Liberia, those whose names are associated with atrocities are crowned heroes and liberators. Those who supported massacres or engineered their occurrence are the power-brokers today. It is annoyingly frustrating; hence, we do understand your disappointment.
Those who attended various peace conferences not to push the interest of the Liberian people, but their selfish desires and goals, were rewarded with important and lucrative jobs and positions – public ones, at that rate. Indeed, we understand your frustration, Bishop Warner.
To be continued… Yours very sincerely, The Citizens