Are Brumskine, Boakai, Cummings, and Urey actually agents of change in Liberia?
A weakness that Liberians have is a tendency to preach impunity or the “let’s just leave it for the sake of peace” mentality.
A recent Bush Chicken article, cited a Liberian lawyer, Pearl Brown Bull, who “criticized the presence of ECOWAS and African Union leaders in the country, saying that the country’s judicial system can handle the current situation without outside interference.”
Even if the runoff election were to be held in the next few days, Charles Brumskine and his “coalition of losers,” as some have called the other candidates who have joined his fight, have changed the narrative of this election. Are the people of Liberia buying it?
While Charles Brumskine’s quixotic campaign against fraud is ultimately nothing more than a self-seeking quest, that pursuit is revealing Liberia to be a much stronger democracy than we imagined.
Eight years ago, I graduated from United Methodist University in Liberia and was enthusiastically seeking a career in the private sector. The private sector was appealing to me and other new graduates because it offered lucrative compensation, benefits, and professional growth opportunities – all of which were particularly enticing against the backdrop of a country that was only beginning to recover from a 14-year civil war.
The future of Liberia is uncertain. Our nation is trekking on a journey to nowhere. Unfortunately, nothing genuine is being done to find concrete solution to this predictable and perilous end. We could encounter severe consequences and painfully pay for our silence if we continue to ignore prevailing realities.
The advocates of change in Liberia have not fully clarified in any serious way what changes they seek, what future they promise; or for that matter, how that future will be attained and sustained.