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The warning from America

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The United States warns against inciting “unlawful acts through ill-considered rhetoric that could jeopardize Liberia’s hard-won peace and security.”

The Embassy of the United States near Monrovia says it is concerned by recent comments made in various fora which could impede Liberia’s progress, and that those who promote through their words or deeds a Congo-Country divide do not have Liberia’s best interests or that of their constituents at heart, but rather appear motivated by personal ambitions or fears.

A statement from the embassy specifically stresses that it is unacceptable for Senator Prince Y. Johnson, Representative Yekeh Kolubah, ‘ex-generals’ or other former actors from Liberia’s civil wars to engage in such acts, noting that it is equally irresponsible for people within leadership positions in government or the ruling Coalition to promote such division as Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon has done on social media.

In other words, the United States admonishes Liberians, particularly government officials, to turn down the hate messages, and instead, promote peace, national reconciliation and unity.

Senate ex-president pro-tempore Cletus Wotorson, recently urged Liberians on all sides of the divide to calm down the tension in the country, and get to work.

But the government appears to be mesmerized by the words of war being led by its officials, who should rather, be focused on conducting the matters of state instead of responding to every sound coming from the public.

Senator Prince Johnson claims ownership of his native Nimba County and therefore, threatens opposition parties to not step in the county without getting his approval yet, he professes to subscribe to tenets of democracy that allow pluralism and opposing views.

Suspended Deputy Minister Fahngon is fond of spewing hate and divisive comments on social media, but believes somewhere in his brain those are his private views. Even if his views were private, for God’s sake, can’t he be civil in the public space? Who told him that the social media is a private space?

Our officials have stood so low that it now takes outsiders and foreign partners to chastise them for their utterances in public. Are they obsessed with the offices they occupied or power drunk?

As the U.S. Embassy statement notes, Minister Fahngon and his likes should take cognizant that to “take such a public stance and suggest it is a private opinion or a personal right reflects a misunderstanding of the nature of public service in a democracy.”

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