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Mr. Abraham Dassama Sellu: “One thing that is wrongly spread out there is the perception that Liberia is the worst country in the world."

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.

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  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Mr Sellu, your frustration is understandable. Seemingly, manufacturers of the tale (journalists now led by FPA) have deliberately cast doubts on the impartiality and credibility of local investigators because the case happens to be a disinformation tactic that just needed be around the government’s neck like an albatross. There was never a missing $16 billion container, that’s why FPA downgraded it to USD $25 millions President Weah authorized CBL Governor Paytray to stabilize the exchange rates. Faced with a dilemma, rather than FBI help which he wanted, they had USAID via the US embassy proposing a for-profit private investigative firm to look into expenditure of the downgraded USD $25 millions. In short, we have a bunch of guys who made an accusation not only driving the story, but also determining who should investigate it. They are playing the government like a top while having a fringe group threatening continual protests on various issues. Unless government takes control of the situation, it could lead to security distress.

    • Mr. Sylvester Moses, the government of Liberia and FPA, who is guilty of misinformation in this missing money saga? It’s people like you who will sell their poor souls for whatever the enticement. One would expect that as one of those responsible for the hell Liberia went through and is still reeling from today, you would be making up with the Liberian people by being neutral or advisory in these discussions and not taking side. But I guess like another poster surmised correctly, the belly is more paramount than these earthly souls, for some that is. Good luck!

  2. Mr. Moses. I will not dwell on your defense of this process of the Liberian masses going out to vent their frustrations on the government for not being able to conspicuously and adequately explain this whole episode of money missing. The not telling the true or ambiguously giving statements that are pro non sequitur to the correct information that needs to be told to the Liberian people has created an ugly image for this government and people.
    As you are aware when you worked in Government during the Doe’s administration where you served as NSA director, there was never a time you heard G Alvin Jones or David Farhart going against the statements of Emmanuel Bowier as minister of Information.
    Due to the lack of cohesiveness and policy formulations that should have been formulated for good clarity, the Finance minister took to the airwaves to debunk the Information and Justice ministers official statement. Know that the official spokesman of the Government is the minister of Information and no one else. Two different statements and then came in the CBL as alleged culprit to give another version. That was the beginning of lies and deceits.
    As Liberians,as you are aware are suffering and very frustrated of their living conditions, the condition for anger against any ugly and perceived incident within the public domain will have a grave effect on its servants(Government); that is why as an administrator you will have to perform to the expectations of the electorate. As an administrator, you are held accountable for any condition that will exist under your supervision or watch. Excuses are not the answers . Going above and beyond is the answer and solution to your performances as expected of you.
    You are missing the boat my friend and let me let you know that those years when you and other government Operatives were meting out Draconian rules and laws such as decree 88A against innocent people, never again will such appear in our country. Any attempt to stifle the inalienable rights of the masses would be quashed by the masses.
    The Journalists did their part and the citizens are expressing their rights to such a sad period in the history of our nation. After all this is not a bad undertaking by the masses.
    When public officials are held accountable for their deeds, transparency would exist and life for all will be enjoyable.
    Liberians would partake in this investigation and that will be the Doers and also people who are innocent and credible and willing to assist in this investigation. This is what happens when your reputation is at stake and you are then placed in a questionable character category. As a concerned Liberian I recommend also that Interpol should form part of this investigation.
    God bless Liberia!

    John Mannah, New York
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    • Mr. Mannah,
      Please leave Sylvester Gbahyahforh Moses alone: his head is so way up in the President’s you know what that I think his brains, have been affected by that also. He cannot logically understand anything that is happening today in the country. It is a shame and I fully agree with you. I wholeheartedly agree with you. When you have the Information Minister attesting to the disappearance of the money and the Minister of Justice, also concurring and starting an investigation, how can Mr. Moses say what he is saying.
      Maybe if he pulls his head out a bit, he will begin to thing rationally again. Thanks for laying it out so clearly for all to understand besides Mr. Bought and Biased Moses.

  3. Interpol, I agree with Mr. Mannah, but inconsistencies by government officials in themselves aren’t proof of guilt. Obviously, if there was any evidence about a freaking $16 billion vanishing container, it would’ve been all over our “Payton’s Place” called Monrovia. And vis-a-vis Doe’s martial era laws, your first taste of multiparty democracy and respecting human rights (in our country) was in the last dozen years, whereas I worked security for fourteen years in a political space where they existed. So don’t mouth banalities; why didn’t you and like-minded try such boneheaded blackmail while EJS was at the bridge of our ship of state as the Iron Lady?

  4. This guy is probably being misguided by is big stomach. If the gov’t consent to allow international investigators to probe the scandal, I’m not sure what his problem is because allowing foreign investigators to unearth what happened with the money is just the right thing to do considering the credibility of any team appointed by President Weah from Liberia. I think he’s seeking attention and i’m surprised that the Liberia Observer or Daily Observer can make this a story to be published.

    I am not sure why he oppose the disappearance of Harry Greave and the eventual discovery of his body on the beach when international forensic experts from America came to Liberia and conducted the investigation. Liberia, we’re our own problem because every body know everything. He need to worry how he can reduce all that sh**t in his stomach instead of craving for attention.

  5. After reading the article and taking note of the arguments against inviting independent forensic experts to probe the facts in the stories underlying the alledged L$16b, I see no legal argument made to support the statement that the government is in violation of the law. There’s nothing illegal for a government inviting international forensic experts to audit the government’s particular financial transaction so as to provide an unqualified audit opinion on the status of this L$16b, that will be void of any appearance of conflict of interest, bias and credibility globally.

    There’s no law that prohibits the government, as the supreme authority of the nation, from auditing itself, and the decision to bring in international experts does not violate any law. No one has a prima facie case to sue the government to protect the government. It’s a tongue in cheek statement, but that’s exactly what such a lawsuit will be, and the court would need to throw it out on the ground that the government is the only one that can sue another party to protect the government’s right. The government is the guardian of the nation’s sovereignty.

    The arguments being made against the independent investigation are moral and idiosyncratic but not legal. And those making such arguments have no valid arguments except pride.

    Folks, Liberia will not lose its sovereignty, its citizens will not be less important, and the skills of internal experts are not being questioned. But to provide credibility to the results of the probe both domestically and internationally, an independent assessment is required. The nature of how initial releases were put out to the public has created an unease that would question the credibility of an exclusive domestic only investigation.

    • My honest advice to Mr. Abraham Dassama Sellu is that, instead of instituting a rigid legal action against the government for bringing in Professional Forensic Financial Investigators to probe the controversial money saga, he rather needs to engage in a rigid uncompromising fitness exercises at a nearby Gym to reduce his bloated cholesterol fat belly filled with palm butter rice and GB.

      Realistically speaking, Mr. Sellu’s big and very fat bloated belly has taken him out of normal human shapes and as a result, making sense of growing issues has been his problem.

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