Monrovia — The resignation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's son Mr. Robert Sirleaf from his posts as senior advisor to the President and Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia has garnered mixed reaction in Monrovia as some welcome the decision, others say it is belated.
Hezekiah Bao, Age: 25
"The resignation of Robert Sirleaf as senior adviser to his mother and Board Chair of NOCAL is highly welcoming, we understand that many have advocated against the issue of nepotism.
The fourteen years civil conflict was not fought based on the lack of road network but on the basis of nepotism and selective justice.
In the past the madam advocated against nepotism and the fact that she can employ her sons in lucrative government positions I think it is a repetition of practicing nepotism. We pray that James and the other Sirleafs will also leave."
Eugene Carr, Age: 45
"When I heard about the resignation of Robert Sirleaf I was saddened. It took me by great surprise that an astute Liberian who came to provide service to the Liberian people has resigned. I think the Liberian people need to applaud him.
What he did was extremely well. He came and worked tirelessly on a pro-bono basis and a lot of Liberians can't do that to leave their luxurious jobs in America and come here where there is no electricity. I applaud and salute him, he did extremely well."
Trokon Maxwell-Moore, Age: 22
"I don't see the resignation of Robert as an excitement because over a long period of time we have asked Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to abide by the anti-nepotism policy.
She has been very hesitant and insensitive to the cry of the Liberian people; therefore the quote unquote resignation of Robert Sirleaf is a mare joke.
It is belated. I think her son should be audited by the GAC if guilty should be prosecuted by the Justice Ministry. We believe there were a lot of bogus contracts that were signed during the time he serve at NOCAL."
Sylvester Tevez Nah, Age: 24
"I see it not as a surprise because over a protracted period we have been calling for his resignation. I think his resignation is belated according to some sources there are huge international pressures on his mother to let him go. This brother sucked all of our national resources, depleted our accounts and signed bogus contracts.
I see that is a total embarrassment to our country. I think for the 18 months he spends at NOCAL he should be submitted to an independent body for audit not the GAC.
Because the government through the information and justice ministry has discredited the GAC and if they find any discrepancy he should be prosecuted."
Randolph Kermokai, Age: 23
"The resignation of Robert Sirleaf is not in the interest of the Liberian people. He gave out all the oil blocks; there are none left there for future generation.
If you go and check Google for the accounts of Robert Sirleaf you will find properties and all at 2.5 billion. He took all our resources and made other nationals to get rich.
If you look at the oil reform law of 2002 it says that Liberian participation should be 20%. But look at their reform law now they are talking about 10 % citizens' participation. It is a clear attempt for Robert and his mother to loot our national cover and we will inherit a bankrupt country."
Nyepan Tugbe, Age: 34
"We are not surprised that his resignation will come at this time. You see Liberia has been taken over by the Sirleafs. The issue of oil in Liberia has been on the minds of Liberians since the 1950s. And there have been governments since then.
In 2002 the NPP-led government drafted an oil reform policy, which puts the Liberian Nation in the forefront of controlling it oil resources. Unfortunately when the Sirleafs took over, they all ignored the law and told us that the World Bank will give us a new policy.
The policy if reviewed by fellow Liberians you will cry for Liberia and your children to come, because the interest of this country has been left out of that policy. Politics is who gets what how and when- the Liberian people are not considered in the policy drafted by the Sirleafs."