“God Hates These Vices,” Independence Day Orator Says

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Rev. Dr. Simeon L. Dunbar

Independence Day Orator, Rev. Dr. Simeon L. Dunbar has warned that the future potential of Liberia might be jeopardized if injustice, rampant corruption, disobedience to the rule of law, nepotism and tribalism continue to be condoned.

At this year’s Independence Day Celebration, Rev. Dunbar, told his audience which included the president, government officials, diplomatic and the general public that Liberians cannot and will not stand together to win any battle if such vices continue to be condoned.

“To win these battles certain requirements must be met,” Rev. Dunbar said. “You cannot go to war and expect to subdue the enemy and win the war without the appropriate war-winning plan and strategies.

“Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are still at war with far greater pandemics than COVID-19. We cannot and will not stand together to win any battle in a society that condones injustice, rampant corruption, disobedience or non-adherence for the rule of law, nepotism and tribalism, sexual violence and gender-based violence, lack of genuine reconciliation, lack of patriotism, lack of accountability, lack of integrity and with no fear of God; for God hates these vices,” Rev, Dunbar added.

These vices, Rev. Dunbar believes, create a situation where it is difficult for Liberians to stand together when are there’s no equal platform for all, since some are standing in the trenches of Bokon Jeadea, others are standing in unmerited riches and stolen wealth.

Such a state of affairs, Rev. Dunbar said, makes it even harder for Liberians to stand together when some are standing on the sandy beaches of “West Point and New Kru Town with daily sea incursions and growing cases of homelessness, while others are standing in luxurious hotel lobbies and reporting to work on Monday afternoon.”

Rev. Dunbar, who spoke on the theme: “Standing Together in a Time of Epidemic” wonders whether unity will ever be achiever when some people’s bags are empty, while “other bags and bellies are full and overflowing.

He added that standing together might be difficult to archive when everyday future female leaders are crying and living in constant fear of abuse in a country where rape is no longer an abomination, but now a culture and way of life.

“How do we stand together? When every day our future female leaders are crying and living in constant fear of abuse? A country where RAPE is no longer an abomination but now a culture and way of life?” he asked. “And most importantly, how do we stand together, when we are one nation, very divided with no liberty or justice for all?”

“What do we need as a people?”

However, Rev. Dunbar said there is hope if Liberians do away with a deep-seated hatred for each other that only provides a platform for denying opportunities reserved by our laws for Liberians to foreigners.

This, the reverend said, will require Liberians standing together in fighting the battle of discrimination and injustice in the society, irrespective of the status of the perpetrator; as well as, stop recycling politicians who have outlived their time in government and provide equal opportunities for our prepared youths into public service.

“We need to do away with a deep-seated hatred for each other that only provides a platform for denying opportunities reserved by our laws for Liberians to foreigners. Can a nation love her neighbours more than herself? I say no as an answer. Empower Liberians first and foremost,” he said.

Rev. Dunbar added that Liberians need to remind themselves about the country’s dark and distorted history, not to repeat the past mistakes that “continue to divide us rather than unite us [and] focus on righting the wrongs of the past, rather than using the wrongs to gain political power.”

“What cannot make us stand together?”

However, Rev. Dunbar said Liberians cannot stand together when rumors of illegal exploitation of the nation’s God-given mineral resources by foreign nationals sponsored by unpatriotic Liberian citizens go without redress to the whistleblower complaint.

The government will only be undermining itself if such conduct is allowed to go unchecked.  [And] Mr. President, the Pandemic has negatively affected every Liberian; no one is left untouched and we applaud your government’s effort for distributing food to Liberians but please remove the adjective, ‘vulnerable’ Liberians and say ‘all’ Liberian citizens so we can stand together,” the man of God said.

According to Rev. Dunbar, if Liberians will stand together, it also requires religious leaders to preach fearlessly about the ills in society, no matter who is or should be involved, without compromising the truth.

“By speaking the truth, we may be hated; but souls will be saved and the good of society will be maintained.  Yes. We can stand together when health facilities and institutions are properly equipped to discourage our government officials and citizens from seeking medical treatment abroad.”

“The People Factor”

Rev. Dunbar added the future potential of Liberians can be an achiever once people begin to understand that they own the government– “so, with the ownership mindset, we should work collectively to see that Liberia prospers and is transformed in our lifetime.”

“Liberia will forever remain stronger together when we are united in our purpose to protect our national interest, despite political differences.  As a people our strength is in Unity, we need to stand together in our common vision and common agenda for the prosperity of our nation.

“We the people also need to understand that Monrovia is not Liberia and America is not Heaven. We need to cherish what we have and help to make it better,” he said. “With God’s help and hard work, this nation can be transformed through our own hands.

Meanwhile, Rev. Dunbar has sent out an open invitation to Liberians in the Diaspora to return with their resources, knowledge and expertise and invest in the Motherland. “

There is no place like home. Liberia is all we have; let’s give her the best we can. I say this to buttress the fact that every single conflict in Liberia in the past 50 years has been sponsored directly or indirectly by those in the Diaspora. Equally so, the current growth and development in our political and economic landscape is also being supported by Liberians in the diaspora,” he added.

Rev. Dunbar added if Liberians must stand together as a people, they should never forget that the peace being “enjoyed today came at a very high price of sweat, blood and tears by Liberians and our brothers and sisters and from intervention forces in the sub-region and other nations.”

Author

  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Very well said, Rev. Dunbar. Unfortunately, such food for thought is like wasting water on duck’s back. Liberia is in the grip of a criminal few and a bunch of misfits, who’re not interested in reforms for the country’s progress.This is the era of leaders who are closed-minded and anti-intellectual with disregard for knowledge, competence, or professionalism. This is exemplified by the President, who has refused to reform his government and appoint individuals with the competence and integrity to serve the public good,
    President Weah is not showing the improvement that most Liberians desire because he’s surrounded by too many incompetents. For example, while there are some good speech writers and advisors who will tutor him to appear assertive, knowledgeable, dignified and presidential, we still continue to see the President struggle to read a prepared speech with comprehension or effectively articulate any subject matter. The President’s inability to properly communicate with the Liberian people and take charge during this COVID-19 pandemic, is an example of the colossal failure of the Weah presidency.The level of disorganization and confusion that has characterized the government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as conflicting test results, have undermined public confidence. That’s just a tip of the iceberg relative to the prevailing state of mediocrity in Liberia, which is experiencing a very high death rate among the population due to the broken health care system. As Far As Weah and Company are concerned, all is well in Liberia!

    • Gabriel Williams, you should be ashamed of yourself. If what you want people to believe are true, why did you not write such you are commenting now or at least resign while you were even in this government, and its immediate predecessor?

      The disappearances and summary executions of critics found behind your boss Ellen Johnson Sirleafś office. And before that with your other boss Amos Sawyer when you people slaughtered John Vambo a Liberian journalist. Or when you people killed Harry Greaves.

      “Liberia?s new auditor general, John Morlu the Second, Tuesday told VOA that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf?s government is three times more corrupt than that of the previous transitional government of Gyude Bryant. The auditor general also said some government ministers and directors of agencies were resisting efforts to audit their departments.

      Now, Liberia?s information Minister Lawrence Bropleh told VOA English that President Sirleaf takes exception to the auditor general?s comments.”

      ALL YOU WERE ENGAGED IN WAS PROMOTING AND DEFENDING ALL SUCH CORRUPTION AND KILLING AND MANY MORE VICES.

  2. Comrade Gabriel Williams,
    Without a shred of doubt, you are right. Liberia is lagging far behind a few countries in Africa. It shouldn’t be like that especially since Liberia is Africa’s oldest Republic.

    Many things are not impressive in Liberia. For instance, our public schools need a facelift. In some cases, due to population explosion in Liberia, some public school students do not have enough desks and textbooks in their classrooms. I saw this first-hand when I visited Liberia last year.

    The healthcare system needs to be drastically improved. With regard to why our healthcare system has fallen behind, I think Weah’s predecessor, Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf did not invest heavily in that area, neither do I think a great deal of investment was done in the area of Education. Within a time frame of 12 years of Johnson-Sirleaf’s presidency, I am not aware of scholarships that were awarded to the best and brightest Liberians to study medicine abroad. I am aware of scholarships that were “awarded” to Liberians by foreign countries (China for instance) but none by the government of Liberia. Why?

    With regard to Weah:
    I agree, schools need improvement,
    I agree, changes are needed in the government,
    I agree, roads need to be built and potholes covered,
    I agree, electricity needs improvement,
    I agree, running water is imperative and
    I agree, the healthcare system needs to be improved.

    However, although I fully understand that it is a democratic right for all Liberians to fully express themselves, I think it is not right for one person (Weah in this case) to be singlehandedly blamed for the backwardness of our country.

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf:
    To be fair, she tried. Under her leadership, we’ve got a pretty good Airport, a Ministerial Complex, and a few more things. She gets her flowers honorably. But, there were other things she squandered, yet she obtained her education from the most popular institution on earth…… Harvard.

    Under her, legislators (people are fed up with me on this subject) began getting a monthly paycheck of $15,000 and $16,000. That’s outrageous. There’s no good reason for that.

    Of course, not just Weah alone, but Johnson-Sirleaf as well as the lawmakers of Liberia deserve to be blamed.

  3. The state Liberia was in before 2006, it was difficult to just concentrate on a single sector of the society, every where needed intervention; and that was done. This trench should have been followed. Instead of concentrating only on roads in Monrovia and not the rural parts, as his the most urgent.
    The former administration tried with Monrovia to Guinea border, Monrovia to Buchanan and Maryland to Fishtown roads, these should have continued, along other interventions in other sectors that would have been good progress among others.

  4. Mr. Concerned Liberian, my question to you is, because Ellen Sirleaf did wrong so George Weah should be doing the same wrong as well? Yes, Ellen Administration was full of widespread corruption which was totally wrong and this is where President George Weah should have make the difference by auditing her post administration, the moment he took office.

    Only the president of our republic has the ability to make Liberia a better Liberia for all Liberians. The lawmakers are not bigger than Liberia and their salaries can be revisited only if the president wants to. Bad governance from Ellen Sirleaf by allowing such salaries for our lawmakers and again, president Weah came to continued the same mess. These people work for the Liberian people and, only the Liberian people should decide on just how much to paid them. What is so difficult about understanding this? If their salaries are suggested by the people and voted upon by the people of Liberia, they have a choice to remained as representative and senator or simply resigned. Again, only the president can open this corridor, and it will happened.

    The wrong of Ellen was wrong and president Weah should not continue doing the same wrong only because Ellen did it. He came to bring changes and not to continue the wrongs of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

  5. Rev. Dunbar, be prepared for the backlash! The President kitchen cabinet will dissect your speech and will turn you over to general division( Eugene Fahngon) to lambast you. They will never take your speech on advisement. They do not want to listen to critical comments, but speeches that will glorify their “god”(GMW).
    Thanks.

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