In 2005, candidate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, venerated Liberians as people of value, heroism and resilience, as people who know themselves and what is good for them. By then, she was vying for the highest office of the land, the presidency. Liberians certainly landed her their ears and responded by giving her their votes, out of the conviction that she was their kind, one who stood for and with them when they were under attack and siege by forces of evil.
There was strong opposition, though, to her candidature by those who knew her, those who thought she was only "acting" because she wanted to get to the helm of power at all cost. Yes, she proved a bit of worth in the first phase of her presidency; thus Liberians were encouraged to try her for the second, and most importantly, the last time. Down the road, all is not well and Liberians are disenchanted. But instead of calming the storm, the Madam is throwing blows in all directions, badmouthing the very people she hailed. As The New Republic's George J. Borteh reports, she is on the hit again, referring to Liberians as "Scattered People."
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has seemingly refused to ignore and/or forego whoever and whatever comes her way, in terms of criticisms, without hitting back, at times in an unprecedented manner. While struggling to redeem her then contaminated image when she was being scolded for abandoning the nation and people in the wake of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus, the President came down hard on Liberians, classifying them as "scattered people".
According to our reporter, she made statement recently in an exclusive interview with Truth FM Radio reporter during her visit to Europe.
What that meant the President did not expound any further, it is understood by analysts to mean 'lack of direction and focus."'
The Liberian leader, a Nobel Laureate for that matter, said Liberians were in the habit of taking to the airwaves to lash at her government, instead of engaging in meaningful ventures that benefit them and the country.
The President is always furious at the continuous damnation of her administration by Liberians from all walks, and her statement might have been a direct hit back.
In a rather fuming mood, President Sirleaf also described Liberia as a difficult society, and added "there are people or some Liberians who are looking for relevance for political gains and people who always want to stir up situation when government is making tangible progress."
"People need to understand that when I go abroad, I make contacts with other governments, friends to provide support to our country. The construction of roads, bridges, hospitals, and water system in the country is due to my contacts made abroad," President stressed.
According to the President, because her resource mobilization strength, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and other United Nations organizations always call upon her to provide her expertise.
In spite criticisms from some "scattered" Liberians in the country, Madam Sirleaf said she would like to leave a Liberia that will be better than the country she took the mantle of leadership to uphold and lead whether in terms of infrastructure development or otherwise.
According to her, Liberia today is better off than in it was in 2005, adding "it will be even better off in 2017."
However, the President's critics have argued that the kind of harsh responses that emanate from her when under attack runs contrary to the similar stance she took against past presidents.
As a political activist, Madam Sirleaf badmouthed former Presidents and negatively spotlighted every thing they did contrary to public expectations.
This is her second time
President Sirleaf is on record referring to Liberians who criticize her government and the manner in which it is steering the ship of state as "noisy minority," meaning a modicum size of the total population was spreading falsehood about her government.
The President is under pressure from some quarters of the larger society to call it a quit because according to them, she has lost the ability to lead.
But she has made it clear that she has no attention to leave "because she does not want someone to take the glory."