State – run University of Liberia (UL) Political Science Professor and former student leader Alaric Tokpah is warning here that a recent decision banning all political activities at UL should be lifted or government should be prepared to face the consequences.
Speaking Thursday, 17 January on a talk show on local broadcaster Ok FM, Prof. Tokpah warned that if the ban on student politics at UL is not lifted, the nation will not be at peace.Prof. Tokpah warns that government will lost its popularity for such decision.
He reveals further that if the ban is not also lifted, he fears that the clamp down on students will continue at other universities and in political parties as well.“The student community, especially the Student Unification Party (SUP) at the University of Liberia has stood in the vanguard by fighting for social justice for its members and the nation at large even when political parties were in hidden,” Prof. Tokpah says.
“As such, ban on political activities on campus is ingratitude to the student populace,” he asserts.Prof. Tokpah believes that every decision taken by the UL Administration is being influenced by the government.
Though Prof. Tokpah says he doesn’t support violence by students, he however argues that provocation is the cause of students’ violence on campus.“Students should not be restricted from exercising political activities on campus or on the national scene. There are other means to punish students and not ban,” he notes.
It can be recalled that on Friday, 11 January, the UL Administration suspended all student groups and campus-based political activities on all of it campuses until further notice.Meanwhile, Prof. Tokpah describes President George Manneh Weah as a dictator and the Legislature as collaborators of a wicked dictator.
He names tampering with tenured positions, scrapping some of the the privileges of the Vice President, attack on the media and ban on political activities at the UL as offences that constitute the President being a dictator.
By Roosevelt G. Jabah–Edited by Winston W. Parley