George Weah’s Government: Is Eugene Nagbe an Asset or a Liability? Part One

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Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn

By Kadiker Rex Dahn, MA, M.Ed, PhD

Background

There are several individuals in the government of President Weah that by now should be dismissed. One of such person is Eugene Nagbe.Eugene Nagbe as Minister of Information has not ably represented President Weah and the government. He has failed to forcefully articulate government’s position on many issues especially the State of Emergency announced by President Weah. His utterances in many instances have been deficient and contrary to the rule of law. For example, when nine major donor Partners including the United States wrote President Weah on the misuse of donors’ funds, Eugene Nagbe as an official spokesman of government said that such practice was common and in fact referred to it as a “Dig-hole-cover hole. measure” Such an elementary response from a minister of information on behalf of a government that he should convincingly and persuasively defend was disheartening. Eugene Nagbe is now on record to arrest, jail and prosecute anyone who speaks and writes “crazy things.” Publishers and radio stations may equally come under his wrath should there be a violation. The purpose of this article is to argue that Eugene Nagbe is not an asset but a liability for George Weah and his government.

Discussions

According to an online dictionary, liability “is a person or thing whose presence or behavior is likely to cause embarrassment.” Eugene Nagbe is certainly an embarrassment to President Weah. The recent utterance by Eugene Nagbe to intimidate the media and silence critical minds clearly reminds of us “Decree 88 A.” Decree 88A was a suppressive, repressive and draconian law during the reign of Samuel Doe where citizens were terrorized, threatened and imprisoned. We wonder whether this information minister is not aware that Liberia is a constitutional democracy where freedom of expression is guaranteed? If Minister Nagbe is aware of this constitutional provision yet willfully ignores such provision simply to suit his own feelings and desires, what does that say about this Minister? Is Eugene Nagbe actually working in the interest of the government or simply creating a scenario where the government he speaks for, where he earns his living as a spokesman to face national international condemnations? According to Daily Observer March 20, 2020 publication under the caption, “No More Free Talk” Minister Nagbe stated, “No more free talk- and I dare that individual to come back on the radio and television to give misinformation. If you are crazy, carry your nonsense elsewhere. If he says such a thing, we will grab him, put him in jail and prosecute him under the law. It is just dangerous to make a statement just because you can talk in a silly manner; and, people listen to you means you should continue talking nonsense? We will grab you and punish you in keeping with the law. Today the government has decided to go after anyone who deliberately misinforms the public, no matter whatever branch of government you are in. Nobody is above the law. So talking foolishly is not free any more. There will be a consequence of a foolish statement.”

In the above statement, Eugene Nagbe was uncivil. His choice of words like, “crazy” “craziness” “nonsense” “foolishness” which appeared interchangeably in his remarks did not show civility. Because of such effrontery, we deliberately refused to refer to him in this article as an Honorable Minister.  In our opinion, honor belongs to people who are reformed, defined and refined in thoughts and actions. A minister who speaks to his fellow citizens in the presence of national and international outlets with indecent words and vituperations cannot be called an Honorable Minister. An Information Minister should speak with a diplomatic tone with persuasive presentation of positions and not diatribes. The Minister made several references to prosecute people according to law. We ask, Mr. Minister, do you really know the law?Do you really respect the rule of law? Should Eugene Nagbe’s draconian position and proposal stand, will the Minister of information represent the Liberian government in a Court of Competent Jurisdiction? Eugene Nagbe also mentioned that should anyone violate his pronouncement, that person will be arrested without regard to any branch of government. We ask, Mr. Minister, are you dissolving the Liberian Constitution in which  separation of powers among the three Branches of government is enshrined? For example, what legal power does a minister of information have to order the arrest of a sitting Representative or Senator? In our opinion, should Eugene Nagbe unconstitutional pronouncements stand and there is a violation, it is the Minister of Justice, the Attorney General of Liberia and his staff that will represent the government. Were the Attorney General and team consulted before making these reckless and blanket statements? Knowing Musa Dean, Minister of Justice and Wesseh A. Wesseh, Assistant Minister for Litigation as men of integrity, in our opinion, cannot submit to blatant violation of the Liberian Constitution.

Certainly, Cllr Cephus, the Solicitor General may allow himself because based on his recent utterances, he seems to like controversial issues. Be as it may, in our opinion, anything that may have legal connotation must meet the approbation of the Attorney General and his team. Anything on the contrary, is intended to disrespect, undermine their work and shows the weakness of the government.

Eugene’s illegal threat against the media

Not only was Eugene Nagbe drastic against individual freedom of speech but also the media. To the media, Minister Nagbe stated, “Anyone who grants his or her platform to a crazy person to talk nonsense during this critical time, the person will be equally charged like that crazy person. So for small-minded people who preach politics in the midst of calamity, come and talk nonsense. And to you, the media, don’t encourage crazy people to talk on your radio. Let them carry their craziness different place.” Here again, the presentation of the Minister in question appears very poor, dull and clumsy. Should citizens not question their government and express dissatisfaction on how the government is conducting itself in light of this pandemic and other irregularities?

The communication arm of the government which Eugene heads is lazy and weak. As Minister of Information and a Kru by tribe, Eugene Nagbe, we extrapolate is one of the insiders of President Weah’s government. Eugene Nagbe like all other Cabinet ministers sits on the Cabinet Table where decisions are made. We expect Eugene Nagbe to be very informed and to correctly counsel the President. As minister of information, Eugene Nagbe ought to know not just what is happening at the national level but also at the international level. Case in point, the World Health Organization declared Europe as an “epicenter” of the Corona Virus. By this declaration, European countries closed their borders and serious governments of the world prevented their citizens from travelling. We wonder what did Eugene Nagbe tell the President when those government officials who are descent Liberian citizens, fathers, uncles, nephews and cousins were sent in harm’s way in the name of attending a climate change conference? What is the benefit or will be the benefit of a climate change conference when inhabitants of the world are in danger?

In the midst of this global pandemic what has Liberia gained by attending the climate change conference in question? The lives of Liberians are at risk because of poor decision made to send our citizens out of the country. Here, our lawmakers from both houses must put aside partisan and regional politics and conduct a hearing on who, what and how we got into this mess.

To Eugene, we maintain: in a democratic society, no one can intimidate the media.Media institutions in Liberia are suffering thus the recent petition to our partners about violence perpetrated against journalists. In the past, some media houses were attacked and burned. Some journalists in the midst of doing their duty met their untimely death and survivors stood firm in the practice of their profession. Even in this very government of President Weah, journalists are equally going through tough times in the practice of their profession. Some journalists have died, some beaten and some media houses have been ransacked and closed. Journalists always conduct themselves within the confines of the law. Eugene Nagbe, make no mistake that by your unconstitutional assertions, you will intimidate, deter and silence the media. Should the government use state security unconstitutionally against the media and citizens alike, we will be forced to call for  targeted sanctions and as minister of information and proponent, Eugene Nagbe will be on that list.

Conclusion

In this article, we have demonstrated and made the case that Eugene Nagbe performances as a minister of information has been dismal, deficient and equally not in the interest of the government. A government’s spokesman must speak with persuasive and convincinglogic and the rule of law as a path. Minister Nagbe’s threat to arrest anyone from any of the three Branches, limiting press freedom and freedom of expression undermine Article 15 A&B of the Liberian constitution. If the Attorney General of Liberia was consulted, we believe such legal blunder would not have been made.We say to Eugene and the likes of Eugene, do not mess with our constitution! Eugene Nagbe’s unorthodoxutterances without regard to the Constitution have made us to think, believe and conclude that he is not an asset but a complete liability to the Government of President Weah.

About the author: Kadiker Rex Dahn holds a PhD in Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education from the University of Oklahoma.Respectively, he served as a Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Director General, National Commission on Higher Education. He is an author of the Book, Learning from the Lives of Exiled Liberians: An Oral History from 1979-2006. He is a member of the North America Scholar Consortium, membership with the Highest Honor. Contact: [email protected]

31 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks so much, Dr. Dahn. We will not be deterred or intimidated by Eugenie Nagba and the likes. Liberia’s democratic experience has come a long way to be thwarted by an egotistic Minister at this critical journey in our tragic history.The time for rebel mentality has come and gone and Minister Nagba needs to understand that.

      • Rex Dahn, you have simply exposed your tribal mentality, your ignorance viz governance and public policy, not been able to see beyond your nose regarding figurative language, and the modus vivendi of the chief spokesman of government! Its as simple as that.

        In other words, that you would conclude that once a minister of information shares the same ethnicity with a given incumbent president, that minister automatically becomes an “insider of the presidentś government” exposes your “village mentality” and your obsession with tribalism.

        And as if all such bizarre thinking on your part are not enough, you must display your ignorance when it comes to the functions and responsibilities of an information minister by ignorantly thinking that when such authority of government says “people will be arrested”, that means the information minister means he or she will go and arrest such culprits. What a shame!

        • Nathaniel Tamba 111 or whatever you are call, is just dead wrong on the point. In fact, we know this is the criminal human killer Eugene Nagbe writing under a pen name as Nathaniel 111. To you Mr. Nagbe, this is not the Taylor NPFL where you could just lied on another colleague to gain relevance, you have done that to many of your former colleagues for a very long time and the time is now that you be brought to book. Eugene has been involved with lots of deals and will be exposed soon.

          There are lots of folks the fell prey to your wrath and the entire NPFL renegades are aware of your ugly past. Your wicked past in Gbarnga with the NPFL are known and sooner we bring them out for global awareness. Sam Bockarie Killer. The Bockarie loots were left with you and that ugly former VP presidential aspirate Harrison Karnwea of Boumpea, saclepemahn District nimba county. We know you guys involvement with this rebel from his last days in COCOPA, Nimba county. His vehicle left with Director Karnwea and other loots plus his stolen cask were taken by you – Eugene.

      • You damn thief – Kadiker Rex Dahn. Do you think by dressing your silly noise with “pile of uselessness” you believe are degrees, you will be able to convince the public that you are not a thief or a fraud?

        Now that you have suffered the artilleries of intellectual bombardments from just one or two folks of the Liberian intelligentsia or its block of political commentators, you have already seen the reprisals that await your very silly backside in the part two of your tribalistic hypocrisy and satanic stupidity.

        When you bastards and half-baked mentalities are in government, you go about telling the people that all is well. But as soon as your behinds are kicked out of government, then the government and every single official see the government as bad; simply because you half-educated bastards see the government as such. Damn fool!

    • After perusing Dahnś extremely worthless bitter harangue, violent denunciation, and defamatory castigation, against Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, followed by Henry Johnsonś account of Dahnś that “Dahn has been begging Min. Nagbe for job since 2018…. minister nagbe also assisted him many times with money when he lied that he was contesting for Representative & Senator in Nimba County”; I opted to check Dahnś records in government.

      I found out that indeed, Dahn and Eugene Nagbe were actually close partisans of the Unity Party with Eugene as a senior Unity Party official and also Information Minister and before that Transport Minister. Dahn also a UNity Party member was Deputy Minister of Planning and Research at the Ministry of Information.

      And upon further investigation we burrowed into, we found out that since the Unity Party Government were rejected by the people and driven from power, Dahn has been “going out of his way” to get a government job. But after all hustles went to naught, he decided to castigate this government in anyway possible for him; whether directly at the CDC or telling CDC and the President that people working in the government are “judases” etc. etc.

      But mind you, this same Dahn was a senior official in the Unity Party and its government in which the killing of whistleblowers, corruption all over the place, a deplorable educational system with this very Dahn rascal as Deputy Minister of Planning and Research at the Ministry of Education. At that time this very Eugene Nagbe who according to Dahn is “this and that,” was the Minister of Information; but once Dahn was “enjoying sweet,” Eugene Nagbe was the best and the greatest. So Henry Johnson, you are right! Thanks for your contribution.

    • Right to be Anonymous, blinded by your election-losing frustration, you will write any rubbish against this government. But I can tell you that after perusing Dahnś extremely worthless bitter harangue, violent denunciation, and defamatory castigation, against Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, followed by Henry Johnsonś account of Dahnś that “Dahn has been begging Min. Nagbe for job since 2018…. minister nagbe also assisted him many times with money when he lied that he was contesting for Representative & Senator in Nimba County”; I opted to check Dahnś records in government.

      I found out that indeed, Dahn and Eugene Nagbe were actually close partisans of the Unity Party with Eugene as a senior Unity Party official and also Information Minister and before that Transport Minister. Dahn also a UNity Party member was Deputy Minister of Planning and Research at the Ministry of Information.

      And upon further investigation we burrowed into, we found out that since the Unity Party Government were rejected by the people and driven from power, Dahn has been “going out of his way” to get a government job. But after all hustles went to naught, he decided to castigate this government in anyway possible for him; whether directly at the CDC or telling CDC and the President that people working in the government are “judases” etc. etc.

      But mind you, this same Dahn was a senior official in the Unity Party and its government in which the killing of whistleblowers, corruption all over the place, a deplorable educational system with this very Dahn rascal as Deputy Minister of Planning and Research at the Ministry of Education. At that time this very Eugene Nagbe who according to Dahn is “this and that,” was the Minister of Information; but once Dahn was “enjoying sweet,” Eugene Nagbe was the best and the greatest. So Henry Johnson, you are right! Thanks for your contribution.

    • Tony Leewaye, Kadiker Rex Dahn senseless rants put aside; why when Rex Dahn was appointed in the immediate past corrupt and wicked Unity Party Government in which Eugene Nagbe was the Minister of Information, and he Rex Dahn was Deputy Minister/Planning Research & Development at the Ministry of Education, this very hypocrite and obvious job- seeking parasite Rex Dahn did not spew such rubbish?

      You people easily allow these rascals to play with your intelligence. There you have LIARS as Lewis Brown, Isaac Jackson, Gabriel Williams, etc. etc. now jobless but want the people to believe they are people of integrity, when they are notorious opportunists, and unprincipled job-seeking savages.

      They foolishly delude themselves that this government may fall for their low mentality trick that once they criticize government persistently government will give them job. Only an unpopular and weak government (as was Ellenś Boakaiś) which may fall for such crap!

  2. Probably not a credit or a liability. Whatever the situation is, I think this is the right time for cabinet changes to be made by Mr. Weah.

  3. Thanks, Dr. Dahn for your well written critique of autocratic Eugene Nagbe. Eugene Nagbe’s rambling on television showed that he is the “crazy one.” His foolish utterances belongs to the trash basket of history.

  4. Eugene Nagbe was born in Maryland county. His mother is a typical up-interior Grebo lady. By the way, Nagbe’s dad lived almost all of his life in Maryland county. Also, his dad was a high school teacher. How should the ice be sliced in terms of what could be his true ethnicity? The guy was born in Hoffman Station, Harper City, Maryland county. Any attempt to tag Eugene Nagbe with a Kru label is unfair. Finally, Eugene Nagbe is a pure blood Maryland county native, but more importantly, a bonafide Liberian. I don’t suggest here that I support him or not.

    Peace

  5. Whether Eugene Nagbe was born in whichever county or region of the country is Buzzy, Grebo, Kru or Kissi, is immaterial! What matters is that Eugene Nagbe a veteran Liberian journalist, highly schooled in Public Policy, and is a prominent Liberian politician who will go down in history as THE ONLY Liberian information minister to have ever become a legendary information minister from Administration to Administration.

    Such knowledge, political and professional experience, and prominence on the part of Eugene Nagbe qualifies him to represent Liberia on the international plane as Ambassador to the United Nations, etc. etc.

    Can that be said of this Rex Dahn who has come to spew a diatribe against a man who he Kadiker Dahn cannot match when it comes to what it takes to be a serious ambassadorial material or political party leadership? NO WAY!

    And the evidence has been made clear here by his own flimsy utterances, and frivolous admissions, and reckless display! I am really embarrassed and disappointed to say the least! Kadiker, you have actually misrepresented those degrees you came displaying on your sleeves, but cannot defend!

    • Ummmmmm!! Eugene Nagbe a Public policy expert, that’s so funny though. expert my foot! This clown of a minister involved with tri sexual habit at the disadvantage of innocent kids .

  6. Nagbe is a complete debacle to the Weah led Gov’t.
    He’s arrogant, And unable to address national Issues properly👏👏
    International Donors are saying your gov’t is misusing their money than you are saying non sense..???oh My God

  7. Many thanks Kou Gontee. Rex Dahn is one of the fake Incompetent PHD holders we have around. He has been begging Min. Nagbe for job since 2018…. minister nagbe also assisted him many times with money when he lied that he was contesting for Representative & Senator in Nimba County. He is just another ungrateful Guy. He holds a PHD but cannot afford to find a teaching job. What a shame? Fake psychopath

  8. Mr. Dahn, taking into account your then jobs in government: instead of boring this audience and the public at large with such pointless diatribe, or wasting energy, ink, time, and space, you would have served well yourself, this audience, and the public, had you made articulations on:

    (1) the challenges our education policy is faced with in the 21st century, and especially at this time when the STRATEGIC INACTIONS of the governments or government you worked with in the past left “a deplorable educational system” if I may quote past administrations.

    (2) how Liberia may deal with the reality that education is now than ever before viewed as the key component to economic competitiveness in an increasingly cosmopolitan global world, and,

    (3) how our nation can benefit from the fact that educational achievements and success are increasingly seen as a way to better handle the INHERITED economic challenges seriously facing our nation today.

    (4) identify or at least attempt to identify some policy issues for the present and future reflecting possible solutions.

    (5) Mr, Dahn, your proven disappointment in the above, compels us to agree with Madam Kou Gontee that your have become to the Liberian intelligentsia or the academic community, an embarrassment, disappointment, and to certain extent , a disgrace.

  9. Thanks Doc Dahn, not only for this brief article but for the many invaluable insights that you often bring to the intellectual discussions on the Liberian society.

    From my own personal assessment, you always write with great clarity, forcefulness of logic, thought, precision and the presentation of facts; moreover, you always stay above the fray and do not indulge in personal attacks and character assassination.

    Neither you nor I are surprised by the outright insults that are frequently hurled at you every time when you write. Why do they happen? To begin with, you do articulate the truth and it does generate ire for the Weah’s administration as it cuts into the recesses of its conscience.

    As the result, your messages often press the raw nerve of the powers that be. In other words, you do not shy away from controversies especially when they concern issues pertaining to the disparities and social injustices that are meted against the less fortunate of the society at such an alarming rate and at this point in time. Your messages then become their reflections in the mirror and it pangs them!

    • Right to be Anonymous, Kadiker Rex Dahn senseless rants put aside; why when Rex Dahn was appointed in the immediate past corrupt and wicked Unity Party Government in which Eugene Nagbe was the Minister of Information, and he Rex Dahn was Deputy Minister/Planning Research & Development at the Ministry of Education, this very hypocrite and obvious job- seeking parasite Rex Dahn did not send “messages” which may have “pressed the raw nerve of the powers that be”?

      You people easily allow these rascals to play with your intelligence. There you have LIARS as Lewis Brown, Isaac Jackson, Gabriel Williams, etc. etc. now jobless but want the people to believe they are people of integrity, when they are notorious opportunists, and unprincipled job-seeking savages.

      They foolishly delude themselves that this government may fall for their low mentality trick that once they criticize government persistently government will give them job. Only an unpopular and weak government (as was Ellenś Boakaiś) which fall for such crap!

    • Only an unpopular and weak government (as was Ellenś Boakaiś) which falls for such crap! But never ever a VERY strong and very popular government as the CDC!

  10. Insult each other to the nth degree.

    But there is only one Common Denominator, it is called COVID-19 ..!
    And when COVID-19 finishes dividing “the cola”, SOME may fall silent for forever.

    Instead of hate, you need to embrace; love one another, unite, and fight the common denominator.

    Peace!
    Long Live Planet Earth

  11. But opportunists like this Rex Kadiker Dahn, Gabriel Williams, Lewis Brown, and the rest of them are the real COVID 19 personified. Take Benoni Urey for example. They are worse than thieves. They exploit the fact that no matter what, there can be no 100% perfect government.

  12. Dr. Dahn,

    Please write something better next time. sorry to say, you have yet to make your case against the Minister. No, I am not saying he is perfect,nor am I defending him.

    You just have to make your case and you have not.

    Peace

    • In order to “write something better next time” this joker of a “doctor” must not be ignorant of the fact that the mission of the Ministry of Information has always been to play the key role of communicating government development policies and programmes to the people, and not to help former ministers of government attain government job as is the case of this so called doctor who seems unemployable with all his vestiges of degrees.

      He must learn that WITHOUT THE PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE OF Hon Nagbe, the Press and Information Services to Government Ministries and Departments, locally and externally, (High Commissions, Missions and Embassies) would have not obtained the correct information on Pres Weahś policies; for which they stood on the side of Pres Weah and declared they have complete confidence in the leadership of Pres Weah. For example when losers Joseph Boakai and Benoni Urey and Alex Cummings financed protests to destabalize the country and out the government.

      This clown of a doctor Kadiker Dahn must go back to school and learn that no matter how impressive the development policies or programmes might be, it is imperative for government and its development partners to “carry along” with them the target beneficiaries and all other stakeholders of the programmes.

      And that had it not been for the political, intellectual, and diplomatic excellence of Information Minister Eugene Nagbe none of such would have been realized! For example the pouring in of cooperation and support from the international community in full support of Pres Weah policies and implementations at home and abroad. All via the professional excellence of Eugene Nagbe as rightly hinted by my sister Kou Gontee and others!!!

  13. I see why one commenter here described this Kadiker Rex Dahn guyś foolishness as “satanic stupidity.” Rex Dahn, do you have to paint yourself with all of your MA, M.Ed, PhD to have readers to believe you? No, you don´t Dahn. And now look how you have stripped yourself to public ridicule.

  14. “Listen” to Kadiker Dahn trying to disparage another as making “Such an elementary response.”

    But he Dahn contradicts himself by making such a street language worse than an “elementary response” hereunder:

    “We say to Eugene and the likes of Eugene, do not mess with our constitution!”

    What a “doctor”! Or Dahn, is such diction or language your knowledge about figurative language? No wonder someone says you have a fake PhD. “Do not mess”??? Mr. surplus degrees???

  15. Matilda! Matilda! Matilda! Why don’t you take some time out, go back to school and learn the basic rudimentary of writing? You writing is filled with incoherent, run-on sentences and marred by serious grammatical and punctuation errors. Likewise, your sentences are too long and awkward. I almost ran out of breath reading your trash. By the way, are you British now? We Liberians spell it programs while you, programmes. “A word to the wise is sufficient.”

  16. THIS HAPPEN EVERYWHERE IN LIBERIA. THE GOVERNMENT IS SWEET LIKE SUGAR WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD JOB BUT ONCE YOU ARE KICKED TO THE CURB, YOU START TO WRITE NEGATIVELY. THIS STATEMENT IS IN NOWAY AGAINST A SPECIFIC PERSON

  17. But at least the statement should be against Kadiker Rex Dahn whose head is no different from a cracked calabash.

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