The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a local non-governmental organization (NGO) has threatened to institute a decisive legal action against the government should they give an exclusive right to any foreign investigative body to single-handedly probe the “missing” L$16 billions saga.
Abraham Dassama Sellu told reporters over the weekend in Monrovia that allowing only the investigative team coming from the United States of America or any other part of the world to probe the missing billions saga will be an act of subverting the sovereignty of the country. Mr. Sellu is the CEO of Democracy for Empowerment and Economic Empowerment (DEEP), which loan money to petty traders, many of them being women.
Sellu is also the founder and CEO of Conduit of Potentials (COPs), a vocational institution instilling disciplines and vocational skills into the lives of hundreds of young people from Paynesville and many other parts of the country.
“If government will subvert (undermine) this country to any foreign body to independently conduct this investigation, and particularly on this soil by which officials of government and its citizens will be subject to scrutiny and interrogation not headed by Liberians, my office will be left with no other alternative but to issue legal and appropriate actions against this government. And our action will immediately stop the process,” he said.
Sellu said he is not against the country receiving some assistance from foreign partners, but giving to foreign persons what Liberians with integrity are capable of doing is an act of letting the world know that the country’s independence gained in 1847 is meaningless.
“Furthermore, turning over this investigation wholly to another nation such as America, belittles every Liberian as being not reliable, trustworthy and a lesser human,” he said, adding: “We are saying nothing good can come from Liberia? Are there no fathers, pastors, Imams of integrity in the land?”
Sellu added that inasmuch as the country is experiencing another challenging issue with respect to the missing L$16 billion, and that with contradictions coming from the government on this issue, compromising the reputation and integrity of the country, every member of the investigative team who is not a Liberian of a foreign investigative body is wrong, illegal and un-nationalistic.
According to him, how Liberians view their own country can be responsible for national progress or retrogression in its development agenda.
“Are there no prominent individuals or lawyers or law enforcement institutions with integrity to spearhead this investigation, or are we all so bad that no country we travel to should ever trust us, respect or give us positions of trust, or are we telling the world that no Liberian can be trusted at all?” Mr. Sellu rhetorically asked.
Sellu pointed out that if government cannot handle its own internal problems, then it means that it will be useless for Liberians to go to the polls at every election to vote.
He meanwhile called on all Liberians, regardless of status, to be patient as the investigation into the missing billions takes place.