9 November 2012

Liberia: Gbowee's Statement Constructive, Not Destructive

Photo: Leymah Gbowee
Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.

The Vice President for Public Relations at Cuttington University has asserted that recent comments made by Nobel Laureate, Leymah Gbowee should be considered as a constructive criticism and not destructive as being perceived in some quarters.

Dr. Joshua D.B. Giddings says Leymah should be seen as the Albert Porte (the prominent social reformer during the Tubman and Tolbert eras) of our days (a female like the President herself), making a clarion call to us Liberians to wake up and re-examine ourselves in order to save our nation.

He warned against sycophancy, as it was in the past and urged Liberians not to sweep criticisms that are meant to better the country under the carpet.

"The mere fact that even the ruling Unity Party has been shaken to the core by the vibrations from these criticisms is a significant indicator that something is amiss. There is a saying that "No man is infallible." Even the Council of Churches, by their recent press statement, is getting concerned. It is better to err, accept, and correct it than to err and refuse to accept, and correct it.

Dr. Giddings said he believes that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected for a purpose and to make a difference in the history of Liberia. However, he indicated that Liberians must learn from history and allow it to serve as our guide so that the country can make a triple jump in moving forward.

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