Seasoned politicians have persistently forewarned insecurity once state power is handed down to young people in Liberia under the disguise of a campaign for ‘regime change’.
Separate youth-based public protests held in Monrovia at intervals by supporters of two young government officials seem to suggest a minus for ‘regime change’ in the post-war country.
Finance Minister Amara Konneh and Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarious Gray, who have been linked to the protests, have denied supporting any of the groups to take up placards with resignation campaign and to some extent, innuendos and insults.
The premises of the Ministry of Finance on Broad Street witnessed the initial protest against Minister Konneh, which was followed by a rebuttal radio talk show on Truth FM when those in studio accused Representative Gray of being the mastermind of a wave of abuse and insult the protesters exhibited.
This week, the Capitol Bye-Pass especially where Representative Gray’s vehicles are usually parked became tense when pro-Konneh supporters stormed the area demanding the resignation of Lawmaker Gray, claiming that he has failed his constituents in terms of development.
The besieged lawmaker was later rescued when officers of the Liberia National Police moved in to ensure that the protesters allow him(Gray) to go to work at the Capitol Building.
On Tuesday, the second leg of protest against Minister Konneh took place at his residence when a call for his resignation was repeated with the protesters claiming that he is not qualified for the position but in ten minutes’ time a pro-Konneh group emerged and demonstrated in his favor.
“Gray and Konneh should stop those claiming to protest in their favor because what we have seen in two weeks in Monrovia does not resemble the kind of role young people should play in our national leadership. What we have seen is mere childish politics,” one politician noted Wednesday in Monrovia.
The politician who ignored to be named said Liberians need to be careful when they tend to support ‘regime change’ with the overriding objective being that young people should take over national leadership of the post-conflict country.