‘Liberia Is Heading Nowhere’

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Rev. J. Emmanuel Bowier at his residence speaking on Liberia's current state of affairs.

— Former Information Minister, Rev. Bowier, laments

Former Information Minister and now minister of the gospel, Rev. Emmanuel Bowier has opened up for the first time since the installation of the George Weah Administration, stating that “Liberia is heading nowhere” because of a number of factors confronting the society nowadays.

Speaking recently to journalists at his residence in Sinkor, Rev. Bowier, an experienced government official who served the Samuel Doe Administration as Information Minister up to the Liberian civil war, emphasized that the government of today is in the hands of “Inexperienced” youths who do not consider the old folks’ advice on national and social issues.

Known for his oral historical treatises of Liberia, Rev. Bowier said he was five years of age when he began following activities relating the Liberian Government under the guidance of his father who held various administrative positions in the local governance structure in some counties in Liberia.

According to him, not many people in government today have any good orientation in governance to convince Liberia’s partners outside; which he said is responsible for the kind of economic condition and the country’s lukewarm diplomacy.

He added that many young people vying for positions in government or awarded public positions are not truthful to the leader appointing them, but set false impressions to gain the favor of the leader just to keep them in those positions without an impact on the public.  “A lot of them do not have the qualification and competence, but want to live by favor for which they go ahead to lie to the leader of the day,” he noted.

“The young people today do not respect older people, neither regard their views nor consider them to be valuable to the society, but they feel that what pleases them should be done and they always take older people’s advice as ‘olden time’ talks that have expired,” said Rev. Bowier.

Touching some specific pressing issues affecting society, Rev. Bowier said the financial crisis facing the country and unprofessional practices in the media are some serious problems.

According to him, some past administrations especially during the First Republic (1847-1980), encountered such a problem where banks ran out of money, but the sound and wise officials and ordinary patriotic citizens of those days remedied it without the public knowing that such financial problem was facing the country.

“I tell you, past administrations faced this same problem, but you know what? Those who had money in this country trusted the government and whenever anything like this occurs, they will come together to credit the government to pay civil servants and afterwards the government will reimburse them,” Rev. Bowier said.

During those years, an elite group of people referred to as “Congos” ruled the country.  Besides working in government, most of them owned large rubber farms, estates and industries and the government was renting their houses as ministries and agencies. It was so far the administration of Samuel Doe that Liberia began to see the emergence of more government-owned ministries.

He also indicated that the government of George Weah has a very poor Public Relations arm that is not helping to propagate messages that will help the government to build its image, but those clothed with the responsibility for Public Relations are all reactionaries.

“While at the Ministry of Information, I would do my research with ministries and agencies that certain issues are coming from and after understanding their workings, I would hold a press briefing to tell the public what is happening, but it is not happening now.  Rather, people just come out to talk and say things that will sound pleasing to the President without convincing the public how the government is working,” said Rev. Bowier.  

Rev. Bowier also frowned at the ways in which journalists are siding with politicians and others to castigate others. “Let young people, especially those in the media, know that there is a tomorrow.  Collecting money from people to castigate others is not a good practice because you do not know whom you are going to meet tomorrow.”

He, however, predicted that as overwhelming as unqualified and incompetent dominate government and other institutions including the media, there will come a time in Liberia where qualified and competent people will be searched out to work as the country’s progress remains at a standstill.

Bowier who used to appear on the radio to educate the public on Liberian history and other governmental issues has, therefore, planned to get back on the radio to provide civic education on governance and social issues as his contribution towards restoring those social values Liberia is losing.   

5 COMMENTS

  1. Bowier, you are a chronic ultraconservative opportunist and stooge. So when a governmental parasite or a political parasite like you rant that ”Liberia is heading nowhere”, no one takes you serious. And this is evident here as no one cared to comment on your rubbish.

    And you are simply disgracing yourself in this manner because since your last job as minister of information, you have been begging for government job, but they have snubbed you twice …during the EJS Govt and now during the GMW Govt to which you brought your decadent sitting on old mat making new mat theory? Bowier, Is this why you are you are looking no different from some skeleton at a deserted graveyard scaring away visitors and other spirits or ghosts.

    THE RASCAL has the temerity to rant that people from the Ministry of Information just come out to talk and say things that will sound pleasing to the President without convincing the public how the government is working,” WHEN this same and very Emmanuel Bowier is notoriously known as the very opportunist and stooge who as Special Assistant to the information minister of the despotic TWP tyranny, and later Minister of Information in the 90s was only engaged in “saying things“ that he Bowier believed “sounded pleasing to the President without convincing the public how the government is working“

    Ask anyone who has been an actor or a mere observer of current affairs in Liberia from the 70s to the 90s, and or anyone who worked with the Ministry of Information of Liberia during this same timeframe. They will confirm to you how Bowier is one of the most chronic ultraconservative opportunist and stooge in Liberia!

    And worst, as Minister of Information, he went into fist fights with assistant and deputy ministers at the ministry for common government vehicles, as if those cars were bought by his Bowiers father. At that time I served the UN as Special Rapporteur for Human Rights within the ECOWAS BELT!

    Bowier, you have the audacity to lie that “While at the Ministry of Information, I would do my research with ministries and agencies that certain issues are coming from and after understanding their workings, I would hold a press briefing to tell the public what is happening, but it is not happening now“?..

    Bowier, no wonder you are looking so damn old before time when you were born just in 1950! Tipoteh and Bai Gbala are a generation older than you. But there you are looking like their grand fathers! And why is it that way? It is that way because you are an evil selfish wicked guy and a blatant liar with the same mentality of the likes of Lewis Brown, Gabriel Williams, Isaac Jackson, and the rest of you chronic stooges and opportunists!

    The rascal is one of those who bizarrely believe that government portfolio is a profession! This snake had the mind to ask a competent assistant minister at the ministry of information in the 80s when he Bowier was minister to go on compulsory leave because of girlfriend business. But that assistant minister an uncrackable nuts to crack, took this snake to the mansion, and the President told him Bowier that he Bowier was too young to be so wicked!
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    Bowier, you and your likes as Lewis Brown, Gabriel Williams, Isaac Jackson, and the rest of you chronic stooges and opportunists should always bear in mind that even with bullets penetrating our hearts, we shall be there at all times be there FOR THE PEOPLE to expose you bastards who believe the Liberian people can be taken for a ride!

    And the good thing about it, we are not working in government, and we have absolutely no interest in ever working for government! WE SHALL ALWAYS EXPOSE YOU BASTARDS FOR WHOM DEMOCRACY OR GOVERNMENT IS ONLY GREAT WHEN IT IS IN YOUR SELFISH INTERESTS!

    BAD AND SELFISH BOY! HOW CAN YOU SAY ‘Liberia Is Heading Nowhere’ WHEN despite the inherited deteriorated economy this government when the media and the international community are extolling the country for the far far less corruption (as compared to past governments), and the improvement in the rule of law, been juxtaposed with free college and university education, massive constructions of postmodern roads throughout the country, building of hospitals, and other social capitals !

    • Lol your rent is longer then the article. You must be in a box like the rest of them. I agree with Bowier. I went back to Liberia to visit after being gone for over 20 years. I was disgusted to see that the country look worse then it was during the war. With all the money that has been given by the US, I don’t see the improvements that has been made for the country. What is the vision for the country. Is it being met or is the money being used to line the pockets of officials. Why is the covid test being charged $75 a test considering test was freely given by the US. With age comes wisdom, but the fool hates wisdom.

  2. Bowier, you are a chronic ultraconservative opportunist and stooge. So when a governmental parasite or a political parasite like you RANTS that ”Liberia is heading nowhere”, no one takes you serious. And this is evident here as no one cared to comment on your rubbish.

  3. If there is a psychiatrist in the neighborhood where the False Nationalist lives and reading this post, please get to him and help him out.
    I don’t know if it is the old age or if it is the human blood he has drunk or human flesh he has eaten, he is really deranged from his cataclysmic past.

    Public Alert Help require for the False Nationalist, “le Vieux Con sans issu”

  4. To me, as an outsider, it appears (empirically) Rev Bowier is totally correct. I can not address the abusive personal comments and hatted you seem to have for him…..But to the outside world Liberia is going full speed at 0 mikes an hour……

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