Three times presidential contender and leader emeritus of the opposition Liberty Party, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine still has a firm grip on Liberian politics, as he issues a Christmas message here, calling on current officials in government to serve the country and its people well by adapting a servant-leader character.
Cllr. Brumskine appeared Monday, December 17 at the Liberty Party headquarters near the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Junction, in Monrovia to officiate “Lighting of Christmas Tree and Christmas Message” to Liberians globally.
Apparently due to the presence of the man LP partisans referred to as “vision bearer”, the party leadership ensured that all its county chairpersons were present, while zealous party youths could not hold back battle cries and campaign songs, as women danced to the tune of music produced in the Bassa vernacular dedicated to Cllr. Brumskine.
Dressed in navy blue trousers and stripy long sleeves shirt, and flank by his wife Estelle Brumskine and party chairman, Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County, Cllr. Brumskine notes, “The spirit of Christmas teaches us to place the interest of the family, the interest of the community, and the interest of the nation above our personal interest.”
He continues: “Those in our country whom God has allowed, during this phase of our national journey, to be in charge of our political, judicial, police, and/or economic power, would well serve our country, all of its people, and themselves, if they would simply follow the example of the original, the ultimate, and the true spirit of Christmas, a servant-leader who embodied the fullness of Christmas.”
The grounds of the Liberty Party were decorated with its official green and white colors and partisans wore their 2017 Presidential campaign T-shirt which contains portraits of Cllr. Brumskine and his former running mate Harrison Karnwea.
He mounted the stage in the open compound and said, as Liberians join Christians globally to celebrate this year’s Christmas, the holidays bring peace and goodwill toward all men.He adds the spirit of Christmas teaches Liberians to place the interest of the family, community and the interest of the nation above personal interest.
According to him, the spirit of Christmas is not about how much power one can accumulate or how much power one can exercise over others, but how well power can be used to empower others.
Following the legal battle, challenging result of the 2017 Presidential and Representatives elections, Cllr. Brumskine quitted the Liberty Party after the LP came third in the first round of the poll, trading behind the ex-ruling Unity Party and the now ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
A legal remedy sought before the Supreme Court of Liberia, for a re-run of the elections over LP’s allegation of fraud was denied due to lack of sufficient evidence.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne