Jacob D. Massaquoi,II, MBA
October 30, 2017
According to Albert Einstein “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
I believe in given man his flower while he is alive because when he is gone, it’s all history. George Manneh Oppong Weah is one of the world’s greatest football player. During Madam Sirleaf and Charles Taylor’s terror on Liberia, the story of Weah’s personal football success was the only positive image of Liberia. When Sawyer’s government of National Unity failed to support the Liberian national team Weah, James ‘Salinsa’ Debbah and other Liberian international football stars, stepped in and uplifted Liberia. Thank you guys!
As the result of Weah’s success in the football field, many youths of my generation idolized him. He became one of the well-respected Liberian citizens both locally and internationally. Given his popularity among Liberians, particularly, the youth population, in 2005, political opportunists recruited him to run for president thus, given birth to the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political party.
But, sadly, Oppong’s political records have proven to be a complete nightmare for Liberian war victims. The below seven points provide definitive reasons why given George Manneh Oppong Weah the presidency of Liberia would be like given a madman a loaded gun and foolishly expecting him not to kill you!
The Seven Reasons Why Oppong Should Not Be Elected As President of Liberia
You can tell a lot about a person by the type of friends they hang out with. Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and Oppong’s unholy political marriage speaks a volume about the nature of person Oppong is. Further more, Oppong’s latest political marriage with the notorious killer Prince Johnson is a confirmation that Oppong is not interested in genuine peace, reconciliation and development in Liberia.
The political marriage of Jewel Howard Taylor, Prince John and Oppong Weah brings to mind the painful memory of the 1990s. Why Liberian war victims are lobbying the international community and Liberian institutions to ensure accountability for the 14 years terror, Oppong is selfishly building alliances with accused war and economic criminals and the former wife of a convicted war criminal in an effort to advance his selfish presidential ambition. If Oppong were to become president, would Liberian war victims ever see justice?
Oppong is an extremely selfish political figure who would stop at nothing when it comes to his presidential aspiration. In 2011 when Madam Sirleaf police recklessly opened fire at the CDC headquarters, killed and wounded several CDC supporters during the elections (1), conscientious Liberians and friends of Liberia including myself, quickly mobilized and staged a protest on 16th St. North West Washington DC adjacent the Liberian embassy.
While we were brazing the cold fall wheatear chanting “ down with the criminal enterprise in Liberia,” demanding justice, Oppong, and his political partner at that time, Winston Tubman was wining and dining with Madam Sirleaf in Monrovia under the guise of smoking so-called peace pipe with ulterior motive.
A few days later after meeting with Madam Sirleaf, Oppong came on air and announced that he would not participate in the round off elections in the interest of peace and that he would accept the outcome. Oppong did not even have the courtesy to recognize our struggle in support of the poor CDC youths that were brutally gunned down, killed or wounded by Sirleaf untrained police forces. What was most important to Oppong was receiving a bribe and paving his way for the next election. In short, “playing safe!”
For Oppong, those innocent Liberians who idolized him and came out in mass to support him, are just his cash cow. A tool to gain his political prominence in Liberia. How can we trust such a selfish man with the presidency of our beloved country? Is he not going to mortgage our beloved country too? If he can care less about youths killed on his behalf, how about a whole country? Would he not care less about Liberia too?
- Ignorant and unwillingness to learn and improve
Throughout his more than 13-year political career, Oppong has consistently proven to be dangerously ignorant of the historical, social, psychological, philosophical and economic complexities of Liberia. For instance, I had the opportunity to briefly meet Oppong in person in building 140 Parkhill Avenue on Staten Island in 2010, together with several of his supporters. When I tried to engage him in an intelligent conversation regarding the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report, he abruptly dismissed the conversation. He told me that the TRC report was a scheme designed by the “Congo people” to punish the native boys. I asked him “ who are the native boys.” He replied, “ our native boys that were fighting their war.” In response, I told him; “ don’t you know that I am from the Dahn ( Gio) ethnic group from Zoe Geh district, Nimba county, where most of Taylor’s notorious National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) so-called special forces come from? I will not be stupid to destroy my own brothers. The TRC recommendation is not about punishing native boys, but rather punishing Madam Sirleaf; Sawyer, including all those who patronized the war and has the potential to make future wars on Liberia. Second, for our brothers who choose to commit heinous crimes will equally pay for their crimes as a deterrence to future violence in our beloved country.” One of his aids replied “ so you want to punish all our supporters? The Ambassador is busy now, end of the conversation!”
Oppong’s twisted view of the TRC recommendations is the product of negligence on his part for not making time to study this very crucial historical document. Oppong, like many so-called Liberian intellectuals who are vocally against the implementation of the TRC recommendations, has not fully studied the document. Their only source of information is sound bites from morally bankrupt educated fools like Varney Sherman, the man who was caught on a type shamefully selling Liberian diplomatic credentials to a foreigner(3). The self-proclaimed legal scholar of Liberia who told TLC Africa, an online Liberian magazine that the “ TRC Report Is Too Ambitious and Irrelevant (2)” to the peace process.
Wilson Tarpeh, another self-proclaimed economist who served as finance minister during the corrupt Sawyer Government of National Unity (IGNU) (4), which printed millions of Liberian dollars “ liberty” without accountability. If Wilson Tarpeh doubts me, let him and Sawyer tell us how many liberty was printed and circulated on the Liberian market during the IGNU years. I am not referring to rush talking, but a substantive explanation backed by credible invoices from the money printing company. This is an open challenge to Wilson Tarpeh , who I predict would be the finance minister or governor of the national bank of Liberia and Sawyer. Make no mistake, I have researched and have full record on the money printing company.
Oppong’s inherent lack of discipline and unwillingness to learn and cultivate his own opinion on critical historical, national security, and economic issues facing Liberia makes him susceptible to manipulation by political vultures like Wilson Tarpeh and others. This, makes Oppong more dangerous to the Presidency of Liberia than a hydrogen bomb.
Permit me to walk you down memory lane, after the April 12, 1980 military coup, Stg. Samuel Doe, from the Kahn ethnic group, became head of State and Commander in Chief of the Arm Forces of Liberia, all the so-called Krahn intellectuals who distance themselves from the Krahn native people during the True Whig Party (TWP)’s glorious days, immediately became Krahn overnight and built an impenetrable wall around President Doe.
Heading the parks was John G. Rancy, Pro Tempore of the Senate of Liberia from 1986-1989. Due to President Doe’s intellectual limitation, John G. Rancy wrote a memo to Doe recommending the elimination of Nimbians from the government because, he claimed that “the people from Nimba are over ambitious (5).” I am a proud ambitious son of Nimba, from Butuo, does that makes me an evil person? Former President Doe’s submitted to John Rancy’s cheap propaganda, soon, General Thomas G. Quawonkpa would be demoted from the position of Commanding General of the Army to Secretary-General of the People’s Redemption Council(PRC).
Political opportunist Madam Sirleaf and other TWP remanence capitalized on this manipulation and illicitly took advantage of Quawonkpa and Nimbians in exile. Consequently, our beloved country was engulfed in 14 years of a senseless bloodbath masterminded by Madam Sirleaf and her cohorts. If Sirleaf and other NPFL patrons object to my scientific analysis and accusation, I challenge them to immediately establish the TRC recommended war crimes court, to provide me an opportunity to legally proof my case, until then, they are common war and economic criminals who deserve be behind bars like Taylor.
Do we want another Doe lackey scenario? Do you want another Doe scenario where Wilson Tarpeh and other political demagogues around Oppong to instruct him to eliminate his critics? A half educated man is an insured irrational political beast. What does Oppong stand for? What are his personal positions on the complex issues facing our cherished country today? He runs from debates because of his lack of knowledge and understanding of the complex problems facing our adored nation. How can you have a very serious life and death decision making process without substantive debates over these critical issues? To Oppong supporters, what do you guys take Liberia for? Do you guys think Liberia is a garbage that any Dick, Tom, or Harries can just pop up and become president like the days of the 1990s? I fundamentally disagree!
Liberians have danced to the rhythm of this cruel music before, and it has left us with a painful memory of great loss and despair.
The Ghost of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Cruelty Hunting Vice President Joseph Boakai’s Candidacy
We must not allow our anti-Sirleaf emotions to deceive us. Although Joseph Boakai has been a devoted member of the criminal regime for 12 years, but by Oppong’s intellectual limitation, lack of understanding about the complexities of issues facing Liberia, his refusal to support the TRC and political marriage to accused war criminals like Prince Johnson, Mrs. Taylor, and Madam Sirleaf makes Oppong more dangerous to our peace and safety than old man Joseph Boakai, who appears to be temperamentally stable and morally sound than Oppong Weah.
Please do not be deceived by the pressure of the moment. Oppong’s willfully collaborated with Sirleaf for 12 unbroken years on the promised that he would succeed Madam Sirleaf as President of Liberia, therefore, he was strategically ” playing safe.” He did not want to rock the boat! He opposes any protest against the criminal enterprise! This is the fundamental reason why Madam Sirleaf has been reluctant to vigorously support her loyal Vice President. Honestly speaking, Madam Sirleaf thought she was hurting Vice President Joseph Boakai, but considering Madam Sirleaf’s unpopularity with the Liberian society, it turns out to be the greatest gift that she had ever given Joseph Boakai.
3. Oppong Support for the Illegal Arrest, Torture and Detention of 19 Innocent Grand Gedeh Citizens
When Leymah Gbowee resigned as head of Madam Sirleaf’s so-called Peace Commission in October of 2012 due to our consistent advocacy and pressure in the international arena against corruption and impunity in Liberia, Oppong was appointed as the head of the so-called Peace Commission. One thought Oppong was going to use this opportunity to learn from the experts and solidified the peace. However, instead of consulting with the TRC commissioners and war victim’s advocates, Oppong surrounded himself with the anti-war crime’s court gangs.
Consequently, Oppong traveled around the country feasting and drinking under the guise of peacemaking. How can you address a problem without understanding the root cause of the problem? During this period, Madam Sirleaf arrested 19 citizens of Grand Gedeh County, tortured and illegally imprisoned them for several years before trial.
Oppong was again “playing safe” and did nothing. For Grand Gedeh county, Oppong is not your guy! Your friends are those who come to your aid when you are in distress. In 2013, when we were protesting against impunity, corruption and the illegal arrest and detention of our fellow citizens from Grand Gedeh county at the UN in New York, Oppong’s CDC USA officials headed by its Chairman were propagating fake news insinuating that the protest leaders had received bribes from Sirleaf government to cancel the protest. As God would have it, we made it safely to the protest and had a successful event with maximum impact. The evil deigns to derail our legitimate protest for democratic change was aborted.
Hence, fellow Liberians from Grand Gedeh, please do not allow your anti-Sirleaf sentiments to blind you. Oppong is not your guy, but a covert Sirleaf supporter throughout Sirleaf 12 years of anti Grand Gedeh citizen’s policy. Please take a deep breath and ask yourself a question, what did Oppong do, when your sons were illegally arrested and tortured? Can someone from Grand Gedeh ask Oppong this crucial question?
- Incompetence and unwillingness to learn
Since Oppong’s election as Senior Senator of Montserrado County, can anyone point to a bill that he has written, sponsored and successfully passed into law? Besides the old spider corruption story, what is Oppong’s economic plan for Liberia? Is he waiting on Wilson Tarpeh who secretly printed money along with Sawyer without accountability to design his economic plan? What is Oppong’s plan for the rehabilitation of our wounded veterans? What are his plans for the reconstruction of Liberia? How does Oppong plan to manage our maritime registry? How about youth development? Our education and healthcare system? He has none, reasons for which he runs from debates.
Oppong’s public records as head of the Sirleaf pseudo-Peace Commission, record as Senior Senator of Montserrado, and record as manager of our football team, the Lone Star, show that Oppong lacks the common sense and intellectual latitude to handle these complex problems facing our beloved nation. I am not suggesting that Oppong must know everything, it is not possible for anyone to be an expert in every area, but one of the key characteristics of a leader is a vision. The leader sets the vision , which the followers follow. The technocrats or experts narrow down the vision into a policy document and later technical paper for implementation. Hence, what is Oppong,’s vision for Liberia? If he has one, why is he running form debates? Let use not be fooled by the anti-Sirleaf sentiments and mortgage our beloved country to a dumb child who refuses to learn and reform!
- Tyrannical Inclination
During Oppong’s years as manager of our national team, the Lone Star, he was reportedly engaged in practicing petty reprisal against any player who refuses to follow his marching orders. For this reason, a group of former Lone Star players comprising Dionysius Sebwe, Boy Charles, Ezekieh Doe, Papee Sumo, Pewu Bestman, Kelvin Sebwe, Ben Saydee and others dumped Oppong and elected to support Vice President Joseph Boakai over their peer (6). Does this means that these patriotic Liberian football heroes are jealous or they patriotically choose the supreme interest of Liberia over their own selfish economic interest(s)? In my view, these former Lone Star legends are true patriots of Liberia!
Oppong’s tyrannical inclination is reminiscent of Charles Taylor and Samuel Doe. Oppong’s tyrannical inclination is more dangerous to our young democracy than Oldman Boakai, who collaborated with the devil for 12 years. Oppong’s tyrannical inclination would lead us into another brutal civil war because no Liberian is willing to tolerate another tyrant in Liberia. Therefore, fellow Liberians, in the supreme interest of our beloved country, vote VP Boakai, who seems to be more rational and stable than the unstable political hustler.
6 Morally Bankrupt and Unnatural Sexual Inclination
According to J.K. Rowling, “If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
Oppong has a tendency of disrespecting his inferiors by sleeping with their spouses. Many of the young players kept their beautiful girlfriends and waves away from his presence. “When he fails to get your girlfriend or wife, he would attempt to mess with you too.” One of the young players told me in 2011. These are some of the reasons, his peers have resounding rejected his candidacy.
It is reported that Oppong is a homosexual. He sleeps with men. Is this the type of morally decaying individual you want to become your president? When Oppong’s homosexuality is challenged, his loyalist often makes cheap excuses such as “ who marry man in Liberia that do not mess with other people.” It sounds like CDC is has been transformed into a gay advocacy movement in Liberia.
Don’t you know that the family is the foundation of every society? How can we trust such a morally bankrupt man with the highest office of our land? Are we stupid? Are we Liberian stupid to elect such a reckless promiscuous beast with an unnatural sexual tendencies to the highest office of the land?
Electing Oppong would be like given him and his gangs a license to transform our school-age girls and boys into prostitutes. If you want your school-age boys and girls to be indoctrinated into homosexuality, then, elect Oppong. If not, deny him the presidency by voting VP Joseph Boakia.
We don’t want such a man to run our country. The culture of homosexuality is foreign to our beloved country, as a cultural conservative society, we must maintain our cultural heritage and values. This is not Hilary Clinton State Department where U.S. aid was tied to gay rights. Even if, Hilary was President, we will resist any attempt by a foreign power to destroy our culture.
Here in the U.S, the culture war is heating up! The fake news media is fighting President Trump because of his position on this critical cultural issues. I am not against the guy and lesbian community, I believe in freedom to choose who to love but, I disagree with the redefinition of marriage for political correctness. If you want to sleep with a beast, please go on and do it in the privacy of your home, but please do not force me to accept your life style. By giving Oppong the presidency, we would be endorsing his foreign homosexual practices. We want to populate our country, homosexual relationship cannot produce children. It is the easy road to the death of our generation! We must reject Oppong and his homosexual practices.
- Oppong Lacks Practical Understanding of the Complexity of Problems Facing Liberia
During each election period in Liberia, we often here politicians talking about how the incumbents are corrupt and how they would end corruption, but when they are given powers, they steal more than the previous government officials. Consider the salaries of the useless Liberian law makers, is it just for Liberian civil servants to make unlivable wages while the do-nothing law markers make an average of $17,000.00 salaries per month, excluding other benefits including housing? Does it not burden your conscience to see our teachers and police officers making on the average of $100 per month, while ministers take home thousands?
Ellen, Saywar and the rest of the old order who are currently suppressing our people hypocritically spoke against the same corruption in our society, but did nothing about it when given the opportunity to actually change the deplorable conditions of our people. What makes you think that Oppong Weah who has been benefiting from the same immoral corrupt system as Senior Senator of Montserrado county is capable of changing the conditions of our people? Does he understand the complexity of the problem?
Based on Oppong Weah’s political and social records, Weah is remotely knowledgeable of the complexities of problems facing our beloved country. Haven had the privilege to fully read and analyze the text on the CDC so-called campaign web page(7) and rigorously studied Oppong’s capricious campaign speeches, I have come to the conclusion that neither the CDC flag bearer George Oppong Weah or the CDC strategist have an understanding of the root causes of the cardinal problem facing Liberia. I find CDC to be an association of political hustlers.
To that end, the analysis of the culture of impunity in Liberia demonstrates that the fundamental problem facing Liberia is not based a particular political party or civil society organizations, nor human rights or political activism, but rather a systemic and structural one.
Liberia as a nation has a constitution and government modeled on that of the United States, but unfortunately, successive Liberian leaders have consistently refused to abide by the rule of law and the principles of good governance and democracy. Hence, the cancerous problem facing pre and post war Liberia is the culture of impunity and the lack of will on the part of previous and present governments to implement needed structural reforms in the general interests of the public.
Liberia is a nation of paradox, unlike the United States where there is a check and balance system to ensure accountability on the part of all citizens irrespective of social and political persuasions, Liberia has none. Although 99% of Liberian past and present leaders are products of some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, i.e. Harvard University, they willfully refused to uphold ethical and judicious practices, and implement ethical business principles according to industry standards.
George Oppong Weah has proven herself a fraud who has built a long and troubling political career on falsehood, moral corruption, homosexuality and pedophilia. This troublesome pattern was developed for gaining the Liberian presidency while at the same time riding on the football legend fame. Consequently, the question of accountability for the horrific Liberian civil war must not be taken lightly. If Liberia is to move forward, Oppong’s allies like his prospective Vice President Jewel Cianeh Howard Taylor, Prince Johnson, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and others indicted by the TRC report(8), must account for their role in the demise of Liberia and the current economic crimes taken place in Liberia.
If Oppong is a wise man who professed to be innocent of war crimes, then, why is he in a political marriage with people who have been indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by a statutory body (9)? Don’t he think that the TRC recommendations will be implemented as part of the full implementation of the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement(10)? OH! Oppong Weah has a problem with reading, perhaps he has not even read the first page of the document.
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it..” Albert Einstein.
Since 2005, I have fought in the tranches against Madam Sirleaf UP party policies. I am a veteran of this war. I have sustained many wounds on the battlefield and survived. I don’t believe in the cowardice tendency of “playing safe.” I express myself as it is. I do not believe in political correctness. As a result, I have crossed path with many of the “play safe” activists.
I survived the July 1990 St. Peter Lutheran Church massacre with a slight bullet injury to my head, I was short several times below my right knee in October of 1994, I survived the April 6, 1996 mayhem on Monrovia. As a result of the severe injury to my leg, I am currently living with excruciating pain on a daily basis. And every time when I feel the tingling in my leg, I am reminded of my mission here. I believe God preserved my soul to become the voice of the voiceless, the voice of the Liberian war victims who have been suppressed for many years by people like Oppong and Madam Sirleaf.
As a war survival, the question of accountability for the destruction of Liberia is my calling. I believe, Liberia cannot move forward, until true peace and reconciliation are restored. True peace and reconciliation can be accomplished in the absence of accountability. That is the reason for which the 2003 comprehensive peace accord demanded accountability to serve as deterrence.
Characters like Oppong, Prince Johnson, and others who destroyed and pillaged our country will continue to run the affairs of Liberia while Liberian war victims await eagerly for justice. The surest way to obtaining sustainable peace and development in Liberia is the full implementation of the 2003 peace accord.
Fellow Liberians, Oppong, candidacy for president is a curse and not a blessing on Liberia. If we make the same mistake of 1997; “ you killed my ma, you killed my pa, I will vote for you,” we will have ourselves to be blamed? Vote VP Boakia over this massive insanity called, Oppong!
I understand the ghost of Madam Sirleaf legacy is hunting VP Boakai, but remember, Oppong is no good either. “The true measure of a man is what he would do if he knew he would never be caught,” Lord Kelvin.
In view of the above analysis, the election is a secret ballet, but just remember as you cast your vote , that given George Manneh Oppong Weah the Presidency of Liberia is Like Given a Mad Man a Loaded Gun and expect him not to kill you. The Character of Oppong is not the example we wish for our children! God bless Liberia!
About the Author
Jacob D. Massaquoi,II is a Liberian war victim, an author, geopolitical analyst and human rights defender. He is the founder of Concerned Liberians Against Corruption and Impunity (CLACI), the organization that organizes consisted protest against Madam Sirleaf regime’s policies each year at the UN during the UN General Assembly since 2013. He has a new book entitled; “ Fake News: Walking in the Shoes of White America.” He is a doctoral candidate in computer science with concentration in cyber security.