21 November 2012

Liberia: 'Ghadafi Style of Leadership' - Faith-Based Group Accuses Ellen

Photo: Liberia Government
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addresses the U.S. council on foreign affairs.

The faith based media group Christian Media Center (CMC) has accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of introducing the late Libyan dictator Mohammed Gadhafi's style of leadership in Liberia.

The late dictator had his children and close relatives in top government positions until his kingdom crumbled to internal rebellion with strong international backing which led to his subsequent assassination last year.

The Center says it is a complete irony and a departure from the tenets of decent democracy President Sirleaf's decision to ignore public outcry against the level of nepotism she has instituted in Liberia by appointing her biological children and other family members to lucrative public positions.

The Faith based media group in a release issued yesterday said it finds it difficult to believe that the Church, the media and civil society in Liberia will allow the President to go unhinged with such discrimination--something the Center believes will reverse the gains Liberia has made in achieving an open society.

President Sirleaf has come under serious criticisms for practicing what her critics call "nepotism" after appointing three of her sons to very top and lucrative positions in government.

President Sirleaf, before ascendency to power, criticized previous leaders, among others, for being nepotistic on grounds that they were appointing family members to key positions in government.

Sitting in the same seat today, the Liberian leader has appointed Messrs Charles, Robert and Fomba Sirleaf, as Deputy Central Bank Governor, National Oil Company Board Chair and Director of National Security Agency.

Despite the public outcries and criticisms, the President has not overturned her decision, and recently vowed that she will not dismiss them.

The Christian Media Center reminded the president that nepotism is the equivalent of discrimination, prejudice, partiality, preferential treatment, one-sidedness, favoritism and bias, words that are a complete contrast to merit-based employment within the public sector of every democracy.

The Center also noted that President Sirleaf use of the phrases "low capacity of Liberians" and "lack integrity" as justification for her action are not only insulting but very disturbing and unfortunate as tyranny is already full grown and Liberians are in for a Sirleaf dynasty that may possibly require another brutal civil war to dethrone.

Christian Media Center in a release issued on Monday called on the Liberian media especially the Press Union of Liberia, the Inter-religious Council, student groups, the Civil Servants Association of Liberia, the Federation of Liberia Youths, the Liberia Students Union and all other civil society actors to demand the president play according to the rules by ending the nepotism she has introduced in the country.

The Faith based group also challenged the religious community to consolidate the peace by openly speaking against ills in society and make reconciliation key focus of the Sirleaf administration.

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