The Bonguama United Association (BUA), an association of Foya citizens based in Monrovia and its environs, has condemned the recent report of disrespect shown to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Voinjama, Lofa County, allegedly by youths of Quardu Gboni District.
The Association, in a press release issued in Monrovia yesterday, observed with grave concern that youths of the newly created district of Quardu Gboni, a chiefdom that adheres to the rule of respect for elders, chiefs, government officials and religious leaders under the late Chief Musa Gboni, are now slipping into the mud of disrespect under the canopy of free speech and advocacy.
The Association observed that the action exhibited by Quardu Gboni youths, who disrespected the President of Liberia in the county’s political capital, “brought shame to all Lofaians.”
The Association believes that Madam Sirleaf did nothing wrong to visit the county in the wake of the devastating Ebola outbreak that claimed nearly 100 lives in Quardu Gboni District alone, “and therefore, her visit did not warrant the disparagement shown her by the youths of Quardu Gboni.”
Meanwhile, the Association has called on President Sirleaf to take heart as a mother and as a leader, noting that it was disheartening that the youths could not articulate any tangible point and demonstrated their lack of good manners.
They explained that the Liberia Coco Company (LCC) concession agreement, which sparked the protest, was not done single-handedly by the Executive stating that the Quardu Gboni District has three lawmakers representing them, two sitting senators and its representative.
“In fact, the land in question is public land, not private land. Henceforth, in these kinds of circumstances, dialogue and negotiation are the approaches that move the county forward, as evidenced by a recent Quardu Gboni position statement to the Lower House,” said the Association.
The Association is demanding an immediate apology from the Quardu Gboni hierarchy, beginning with the district representative, commissioner and the paramount chief.
The Association is also calling on all seven districts within the county, student groups and organizations in and out of Lofa to condemn the improper behavior of the youths, which the Association says, has the tendency to undermine the good moral legacy of their ancestors and destroy it with the culture of disrespect in the name of free speech.
“The Association wishes to state unequivocally that as citizens hailing from Lofa, we remain loyal, faithful, devoted and consistent supporters and admirers of the Unity Party-led Government. In fact, history has proven that the people of Lofa are not traitors, conspirators, or mutineers neither are we defiant. As such, Quardu Gboni is inclusive. “Stop being rude. This is not our culture, the Lofa Uncle says!” concludes the statement.