Head of Traditional Chiefs Endorses Boakai-Nuquay Ticket

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The Darkpannah: “Emmanuel Nuquay is our kin. We will do everything as traditional leaders in our authority to give the support he deserves.” 

Bong County– Citizens in vote-rich Bong County on Saturday, July 28, reaffirmed their commitment to support the presidential and vice presidential bids of Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai and House Speaker James Emmanuel Nuquay.

In a statement read by Jefferson Blackie, the citizens said their action to commit to the Boakai-Nuquay team is for the “growth and development of the country, and to sustain the peace that has prevailed over the last 14 years.”

“Just as we supported President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai in 2005 and in 2011, we will repeat history by overwhelmingly voting you and Nuquay because both of you have the best credentials,” Blackie said on behalf of the citizens.

They further lauded VP Boakai for selecting one of their sons as his running mate, noting, “Gibi Territory was once part of Bong County, and we feel that our potential is being recognized by our people in this country.”

“It was only in 1984 during the Samuel Doe administration that Gibi Territory was amalgamated to Marshall Territory giving county status to Margibi. But Emmanuel Nuquay was born in Gibi Territory in 1968, a territory that was annexed to Bong County; and therefore, he is our kin and we will support him with our vote,” the reaffirmation statement read.

Partial view of citizens at the occasion

Political commentators compared the arrival of Nuquay in Gbarnga over the weekend to a similar one in 1996, when a million-man march was held in Monrovia to receive former President Charles Taylor, thinking his arrival would bring normalcy and an end to the war.

As per Kpelle tradition, House Speaker Nuquay was blessed by the Darkpannah of Liberia, Traditional Chief Flomo Tokpa Barwror, who placed his right hand on his back, indicating that the people of Bong County have formally endorsed him. Being Darkpannah, Chief Barwror is the head of all the traditional chiefs of Liberia.

The program was attended by traditional chiefs from Bong, Lofa and Margibi counties; something political pundits described as the right step towards amalgamating their decisions for a common objective.

Chief Barwror told his followers and those who turned out to welcome the Boakai-Nuquay team that the team is currently the biggest and fastest growing one in the country, which the chiefs endorsed “to make their numbers count in the upcoming elections.”

“The Boakai-Nuquay team is the only political team that is capable of putting Liberia first,” Chief Barwror reaffirmed.

Meanwhile, the traditional leader predicted victory for the Boakai-Nuquay team in the October 10 presidential polls, judging from the nation-wide endorsement, he said.

“Emmanuel Nuquay is our kin. We will do everything as traditional leaders in our authority to give the support he deserves” the Darkpannah concluded.

In his response, Nuquay expressed gratitude for the team that they have built over the years and extolled the people of Bong County for the commitment they have exhibited.

He then implored the residents to consider the Boakai-Nuquay team as their own, that will continue to provide them the peace and development they merit, adding that they embarked on this journey to appease Liberians wherever they live.

“As a result of the strong bond of unity among my colleagues at the House of Representatives, I was elected on white ballot as Speaker. Had it not been for that unity, I would not have become a running mate to VP Boakai. So unity can break any barrier,” Nuquay declared.

He acclaimed the people of the Central Region for demonstrating harmony, noting: “If your house does not sell you, the street will not buy you.”

“As leaders of the central and northern regions, we want to keep the vision of Gabriel G. Farngalo of Nimba County, James Y. Gbarbeyeah of Bong County, and Robert H.Q. Kennedy of Lofa County, who embarked on uniting our people, so we need to keep that spirit,” Nuquay emphasized.

He meanwhile admonished the people of the central region to prove their disparagers wrong that they are envious and do not adore their kinfolk. He also urged them to continue to co-exist and demonstrate hospitality to all people.

The gathering, accordingly, was the first time since the 2005 and 2011 elections for chiefs, county leaders, traditional leaders, youth groups, women groups and opinion leaders to ride on the same boat in terms of having a common front in decision-making.

The program was graced by the presence of UP chair Wilmot Paye; Bong Legislative Caucus chairman George Mulbah; Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Tokpa; the Superintendent of Margibi; members of the Margibi Legislative Caucus; and an array of traditional chiefs.

VP Boakai and Speaker Nuquay are expected to launch UP’s campaign in Gbarnga today, Monday, July 31, at the Gbarnga Sports Stadium.

30 COMMENTS

  1. Politicians who capitalize on tribal divisiveness just for political expediency are not upholding their sacred duties to sustain Liberia’s peace and democracy.

    Liberia is a country represented by an estimated 4.5 million people. Liberian nationality comes in different forms: by birth, by one’s parental heritage or through one’s naturalization.
    Not until these selfish politicians recognize that Liberia is more than just being Kpelle, Mandingo, Vai, Gio, Mano, Kru, Grebo, Bassa, Congua….etc.. Liberia’s peace and unity rest on the shoulder “ALL” people of Liberia that makes up the totality of Liberia.

    Not one politician can say he/she is responsible for being Lorma, Bassa, Kpelle, Congua or any other ethnic group. Anyone being Lorma is not by choice. Anyone being Congua is not by choice. Anyone being Gio is not by choice……and so on.

    Just like I cannot take credit for the color of my skin, nor can a white person take credit for being white. That credit goes to GOD or whatever higher power some people believe in. Therefore, these politicians with some form of education should stop playing the “ethnic cards” just to be elected into office.

    This form of tribal divisiveness is a sign of weakness shown by some politicians who do not have positive agendas: Liberians care about goals for developing the country like some listed below.

    Liberians want to know how politicians will deal with the massive crime waves in the country.
    Liberians want to know what politicians will do about the massive unemployment in the country.
    Liberians want to know how politicians will fix the poor health care system in the country.
    Liberians want to know how politicians will fix the poor judicial system in the country.
    Liberians want to know how politicians will fix the poor education system in the country.
    Liberians want to know how politicians will encourage Liberians and Foreign businesses to flourish in the country.

    Liberians want to know how politicians will advocate for the reduction in Presidential and Law Makers term limit.

    Liberians want to know how politicians will fix our broken infrastructures: Banking system, housing, Water/Sewer, Light, roads, rails, seaports, airports, schools, hospitals, regional public market….public transportation, postal system…etc.

    Liberians want to know how politicians will come up with sound agriculture policies to make Liberia less dependent of foreign importation of basic food products.
    Liberians want to know how politicians will fix our broken social welfare programs and our social security programs.

    Liberians want to know how politicians will implement policies to avoid a land war in the country.
    Liberians want to know when will their brothers/sisters living in the diaspora have the right to vote in Liberian election or given dual citizenship.
    Liberians want to know how politicians will cut their salaries, deal with government waste and deal with the poor security sectors (police, coast guard, military) in the country.

    These are just few, and there are more pressing issues to unite the country: whether you’re Kpelle man, whether you’re Kru man, whether you’re Conqua man, whether you’re Bassa man, whether you’re Lorma man, whether you’re Gio man, whether you’re …etc…etc; politicians should realize that we are all Liberians (women included).

    The tribal division has led to countless deaths of our fellow Liberians. No one is responsible for being born Liberian; neither anyone is responsible for what tribe he/she was born into, nor anyone chooses his/her coming into this world.

    For Liberia to develop, this form of discrimination has to stop! And it should stop now!!!!!

    • A.C; for Heaven’s sake it’s not TRIBALISM. It’s regional. That’s Politics as usual. Whatever region a Political Candidate comes from, the constituents of that region are most likely to cast their votes accordingly. Check it out. It’s a fact World wide. Who do you think Maryland County voters will most likely vote for? The same applies to George Weah’s home base. That segment of voters, will most likely vote for George Weah. Do you believe, if you were one of those Political Candidates, your own household/home town would vote against you? I bet not. Get Real! It’s not TRIBALISM or DIVISIVENESS. If the Americo/Congo Liberians had their way, the True Wig Party would still be in charge of Liberia today.

      • Stop being so disingenuous Henry, he’s another quote from Chief Glaybo on the topic: “All the Bassa people from Margibi and Bong, let us join our brothers and sisters from Lofa to make this one round”

        • And this: “If you think the kpelle people are divided then try and see this October. No vacancy in Bong for any political parties besides the Boakai-Nuquay ticket. Whether you are a vice running mate from Bong County or not, the people of Bong County are resolved to support the Boakai-Nuquay,” Yallah said. (From FPA).

          • Andy; No! Boikai is neither Lorma nor Bassa. Nuquay is not Bassa either. I prefer not to mention their Tribal Affiliations. I don’t want to sound TRIBALISTIC.

          • AW, there’s nothing called tribal politics and politics is local. We’ve identity politics. The idea of regions endorsing presidential candidates is not new in Liberian politics and is not certainly divisive or tribal. Learn the history and political history of Liberia and move on…..

        • Hey Andy; you can’t call it tribalism and don’t. It seems you are lost. The Bassa and some other Tribes in that region, definitely do not belong to either Boakai’s or Nuquay’s tribal group. How in the World can you call it TRIBALISM? You just don’t understand. Perhaps in New Zealand, it’s TRIBALISM…

          • The chief’s I’ve quoted are certainly calling for tribal voting, and I think you’re being too clever again Henry, isn’t Boakai Loma, who are closely related to the Kpelle, and I thought Nuquay was Bassa, but if he’s not he must be Jabo, Krahn or Grebo, all related tribes, PUP has been accused of being a Bassa based party.

            But I’m always open to correction!

        • Andy; Chief Glaybo, who is infact a Bassa, is talking about casting his vote for two candidates who are not Bassa. Do you understand yourself? How can that be tribalism? You tell me/us.

  2. I don’t give a hoot if Boakai and Nuquay are the founding fathers of Liberia. People who will vote because of tribes for these two corrupt and inept Ellen guys will regret tomorrow. Nothing will change. It will be a third term for failed UP and the setting up of a new hegemony in Liberia.

  3. George Weah is Kru. I don’t hear the Kru people beating the tribalism drum like the kpelles and Lofa people are doing.

    We don’t hear the Kru people chanting: ” this is our time,this is our time.” …..and Kru people…their population is way more than whatever tribe Boakai is from.

    • J.D; The Krus have an option. Wake up and spell the coffee. Haven’t you seen all the demonstrations in support of Georgia Weah? At one point, Weah’s supporters, a vast majority of whom are Krus, tied up TRAFFIC for almost a full day in busy Monrovia. At Hon. J.Nyumah Boakai’s rally,supporters are confined to a destinated area. They are more orderly. Can’t you it? If people had not complain, Weah’s supporters would still be tying up TRAFFIC in busy Monrovia. LOL, Get Real! Let’s vote JNB; for a better Liberia. JNB IS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE; BY A VAST MAJORITY OF THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE. NOW, THAT’S TRUTH DEMOCRACY… Isn’t it?

  4. With the Liberian Chieftancy pledging loyalty and support to the Unity Party will these chiefs be replaced with new chiefs when the Unity Party is voted out of power on October 10, 2017?

  5. @Henry Freeman:
    I have the tendency not to respond to comments but history is about to repeat itself!

    Therefore, all peace loving Liberians should speak out against blind tribal or ethnic loyalty. Why vote for candidates solely based on one’s tribal or ethnic affiliation instead of the candidate’s merits, qualifications, and character?

    We have not recovered from our painful history: the devastating effects of the Liberian civil wars fought on the basis of tribalism, elitism, sectarianism, and corruption. This resulted in the deaths of 250,000 of our fellow citizens and some foreign nationals. Some of whom could have been future doctors, lawyers, teachers, architects, engineers, blue collar workers, farmers, and other professionals.

    Tribal politics or so called “regional ethnic politics” are very inflammatory. It sets the stage for religious divisions; it sets the stage for disenfranchisement; it sets the stage for ostracism (exclusion); it sets the stage for more corruption; it set the stage for more political conflicts; it sets the stage to create more political refugees; and last but not least, it sets the stage to repeat the negative vices of the defunct old “True Whig party” that we fought against.

    Tribal politics in this modern era only polarizes the nation. It leaves the people of Liberia politically and economically paralyzed as we witnessed a few years ago during the wars.

    I leave you with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

    Similarly, let not Liberians vote for a candidate solely based on his/her tribal/religious affiliation, but vote for a candidate based on the content of his/her character; based on the content of his/her merits; based on the content of his/her qualification; based on the content of his/her values regardless of what part of Liberia he/she originates from.

    This is the wholesome functioning way forward for a peaceful, productive, inclusive, and prosperous Liberia.

    • “Why vote for candidates solely based on one’s tribal or ethnic affiliation instead of the candidate’s merits, qualifications, and character?”
      You probably meant it to be rhetorical but it is a good question that shouldn’t be answered with something like “they’re foolish to vote like that”. Stick with your own tribe is part of it, buy that just pushes the answer another step “why stick with the voting of your own tribe?”
      I’m playing with the idea that most poorly educated people (not just in Liberia) see economics as a zero sum game, that for their lot to improve it requires taking from someone else, after all, without technological progress thats how its been for most of history. I’d argue that it’s only when you really understand (in your heart) that a good candidate with good policies will grow the whole economy is it that people will prioritize voting on policies over tribe or localism.

  6. A.C; stop creating FEARS in the mind of the “VOTING PUBLIC.” Regional Politics, is not TRIBALISM. In the U.S.A, Presidential Candidates usually get the support of their State of Origin. Say it right. It’s called REGIONAL POLITICS; not TRIBALISM. I don’t see any Liberian going to war, just because a Presidential candidate’s home region voted for him/her. If that’s the case, then all Nations would be at WAR; especially in the U.S.A, where a Presidential Candidate usually win his/her Home State. “Politics is local.” Haven’t you heard? Check it out…

  7. Henry, while most US presidents win their home state I would argue that that’s mainly because they choose to develop their political careers in a state of their own color, and they’ve also succeeded in winning across the nation as a whole. It’s actually more informative to look at Presidential candidates from the two main parties that lost the election, 3/4 of whom also lost in their state of residence. So in the US a Presidential candidate is only likely to win in his home state if he wins over the whole country, therefore there is not strong regional voting.

    • Andy; the same applies to Liberia or for that matter, national politics anywhere. Most politicians built their political foundations from their home bases. It’s only in Africa, South of the Sahara; for that matter Liberia, where some people want to call it TRIBALISM. From my understanding, it’s a political norm. “REGIONAL POLITICS IS NOT TRIBALISM.” None of Liberia’s Geopolitical regions consists of only one Tribal Group. The talk about TRIBALISM in this case makes no sense. Not at all! It’s only when it comes to J. Nyumah Boakai, it becomes a big deal. Let’s get real.

  8. Instead of people crying about “tribal” politics, let them advance reasons why people should vote for them! The reason of course can’t be “Vote for me because I am qualified.” Qualified for what? Politics is about interest and people will most likely vote for people who they believe represent their interest. So let the other candidates say what they have been doing for the Liberian people during the past 5 to 10 years. “Political investors” who of course turn overnight humanitarians don’t seem have anything tangible to show to neutralize the Boakai-Nuquay camp, hence the crying about “tribal” politics. Anyone who downplays or disputes the role of “tribal” or regional politics in elections doesn’t know anything about elections. Tip O’Neil said “All politics is local.” In politics, people are also advised to “know your terrain.” Different regions or interest groups have different priorities, and therefore different messages. In America, we talk about Blue States and Red States. A message that could resonate with blues States could sound less appealing to people in red States. Politicians must know their terrain and know how to appeal to their base. Politicians also court the votes of interest or “tribal” groups also. For example, people want the Jewish vote, the Black vote, the Hispanic vote etc. Many Black people voted for Obama twice, simply because he is black. Many Black people support the Kennedys and Clintons simply because they believe that these “white people care about black people.” So instead of people crying about “tribalism”, let them also benefit from how they have shown their love for these constituents. Liberians must learn to care about the interest of the people instead of jumping from nowhere during election seasons and demanding that people vote for you because you are “qualified.”

  9. Open suggestions: Mr. Andrew Worth needs to learn more about the Liberian History. He must also read and learn about candidates he wants to punder about, before making a public statement of any. He does not even know the VP well, he does not know Senator Weah well, besides the fact that he knows Mr. Weah as the only Super Star soccer players of Liberia. Politics anywhere and in Liberia has always been regional. This is not divisiveness!

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