The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Heed the Archbishop's Warning

editorial

Catholic Archbishop Lewis J. Zeigler has stormed out unequivocally challenging the society on issues confronting the nation, and prescribing recipes by which they can be addressed. The Archbishop was rather blunt on matters of corruption and dishonesty in government service, the management of the Liberian people resources, the bread and butter issues and the growing discontent amongst the people about the current state of affairs.

Archbishop Zeigler Said corruption is entrenched in every sector of the society, including government, civil society, the church and the family. This menace, he believes, is greatly destroying the fabric of the country and undercutting development.

Moreover, Bishop Zeigler indicated that individuals entrusted with the masses' money use it for their selfish interests, thus denying the people of better living conditions. Instead of empowering the masses, the Catholic Archbishop said these individuals are only concerned about enriching themselves at the detriment of the people.

He described some individuals in government as self-centered and greedy, as a result they do not think about the poor people. The Archbishop's statement is succinct and unambiguous. He presents a graphic picture of a living hell around the country.

No Doubt, Times are extremely hard and the conditions of our people are appalling. They don't deserve this kind of horrendous condition amid hunger and poverty, punctuated by unemployment that is dominated by an angry young population. The government must seek out ways to respond to this situation urgently by providing opportunities for our people to be happy and assuring. Liberians might be resilient people, but they are humans and the current economic pressure can trigger resentment which could lead to political protests.

There's No Secret that Liberians are angry and disappointed with the performance of the second term of the Johnson-Sirleaf administration. They had hoped that Madam Sirleaf would have revived their confidence and addressed their living condition.

Regarding Corruption, This government has been unable to fully demonstrate the political will in fighting corruption since the departure of the charismatic John Morlu, who showed a lot of vigilance in helping President Sirleaf deal with corruption in government.

In Addition, Other institutions that need to collaborate to fight corruption like the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, the Public Procurement & Concessions Commission and the Internal Audit Secretariat do not project that kind of cooperation. With a state like this, it is difficult to expect that President Sirleaf can succeed in the fight against corruption. She needs these organizations working towards a common objective, with mutual understanding and regard for the mandates of the others.

Until Then, It will be rather difficult to end corruption and empower the government to work for the Liberian people. The government must commit to heeding Archbishop Zeigler's advice to improve conditions for the people.

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