LNBA’s Expulsion of Nwabudike Sparks Contention

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Cllr. Nwabudike (pictured) has repeatedly argued that he had not violated any provision of the code of professional ethics governing the conduct of lawyers.

Supreme Court role called into question

In an unprecedented move, the National Executive Council of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA), the highest decision-maker of that body of lawyers, on Friday, June 19 expelled the Executive Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Counselor Nbudusi Nwabudike, a Nigerian born who claims to have become a naturalized Liberian, for becoming a member of the bar through alleged fraudulent means. It is a well-settled common law principle that fraud vitiates everything.

Reading the bar’s expulsion decision, President Tiawan Gongloe said, “There is no record at Criminal Court ‘B’ to support his Liberian citizenship claim, therefore, the committee recommended that he should be expelled consistent with Article 11 Section IX of the Constitution of the Liberian National Bar Association.”

The article provides that: “Any member may, after inquiry, be disciplined by means of suspension or expulsion from the membership of the association for proven gross misconduct in his relations to the association or in his professional undertaking upon two-thirds votes of the membership of the National Executive Council.”

The controversy arose over Cllr. Nwabudike’s Liberian citizenship after he was nominated by President George Weah to serve as Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), where Nwabudike failed to convince members of the Senate of his citizenship, thereby causing the president Weah to withdraw his nomination, and keep him as executive chairman of the LACC, the position for which he was earlier confirmed by the Senate.

To that, Gongloe explained that the Grievance and Ethics Committee’s recommendation that Cllr. Nwabudike be expelled was approved by a vote of two-third members of the executive committee. “Hence he is hereby expelled from the membership of the LNBA. His name is hereby stricken from the roster of the membership of the LNBA.”

According to Gongloe, Cllr. Nwabudike’s expulsion decision will be shortly communicated to the President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and Chief Justice Francis Korkpor of the Supreme Court, as well as all courts throughout the Republic of Liberia.

Minutes after LNBA announced the expulsion of Mr. Nwabudike, a senior member of the bar, Cllr. Aamara Sheriff, described the decision as ‘illegal’ and that it undermines the earlier judgment (Opinon) of the Supreme Court conferring the counselorship of Nwabudike, which, according to Sheriff, solidified his citizenship.

“No one organization’s law is above the judgment of the Supreme Court,” Cllr. Sheriff claimed, “The court had declared Nwabudike citizenship. Who is the bar to revoke his admission as Counselor-At-Law?” Sheriff wondered.

“The bar cannot undo what the highest court had legally done and they cannot ask the court to withdraw its opinion,” Sheriff added.

“Nobody can interfere with the Supreme Court’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to it. It does not, however, allow the LNBA to review its opinion,” Sheriff noted.

However, Cllr. Gongloe said, the LNBA felt duty bound to investigate and find out what the truth is relative to Cllr. Nwabudike’s Liberian citizenship.

“As a professional body, the LNBA is under a duty at all times to constantly monitor and evaluate the moral and professional conduct of its members based on information acquired through complaints by individuals or through the public.

Gongloe said it was the very LNBA that recommended Cllr. Nwabudike to practice law before the Supreme Court for admission into the bar because he had passed relevant law tests of the country.
He boastfully said, the legal profession is unique among the professions in the country, because it is the only profession that is given protection by the Constitution in Article 21 (i) which provides that “There shall be absolute immunity from any government sanctions or interference in the performance of legal services as a Counsellor or Advocate.”

“Therefore, the LNBA is under a moral obligation to honor this protection provided by the constitution with the highest degree of integrity and credibility in order to prove to the people of Liberia that the legal profession is worthy of this unique protection. The LNBA could not ignore the issue of the citizenship status of one of its members, which information provided by him created doubt over the authenticity and veracity of his claim of Liberian citizenship,” Gongloe said.

Gongloe claimed that Nwabudike’s certificate of naturalization presented to the Senate showed that it was issued by Criminal Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice on May 13, 1982, when in fact that court was called the People’s Criminal Court ‘B’ during the regime of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), thereby creating more doubt.

“Perusal of his various passports showed his birth dates as October 19, 1960, October 2, 1963, October 2, 1965 and October 2, 1969, and his 2004 Liberian passport carries his date of birth as October 2, 1963 and his name as A. Nkwuka Ndubuisi Nwabudike, instead of the name that appears on the roster of the LNBA and Supreme Court Bar, which is A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike.  His Liberian national identification card carries his data of birth as Octobe 2, 1969 and his name as A. Ndubuisi Nkwuka Nwabudike three Ns.”

The LNBA boss also noted, “And, his application for marriage certificate dated January 22, 1992 filed by himself in handwriting carries his name as A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, his date of birth as October 19, 1960 and his nationality as Nigerian.”

According to Gongloe, there is no record at Criminal Court ‘B’ to support Nwabudike’s Liberian citizenship claim.

The questions remain as to whether or not the Supreme Court is prepared to reverse its earlier decision to grant Nwabudike’s counselorship, as well as whether President Weah is also prepared to let go of Nwabudike as Executive Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

Cllr. Nwabudike has repeatedly argued that he had not violated any provision of the code of professional ethics governing the conduct of lawyers.

Nwabudike also argues that his citizenship is given by the Government of Liberia and it is only the government that can challenge or revoke it. He also contended that the issue of citizenship is moot, since the issue was not raised when he was admitted as attorney-at-law and subsequently as counselor-at-law by the Supreme Court.

Prior to Nwabudike’s admittance to the Supreme Court as counsellor-a-law, the court by procedure must have inspected the records and thoroughly studied the report of its Grievance and Ethics Committee, and being satisfied that the said attorney (Nwabudike) had met all of the requirements to be accorded the privilege of being qualified as Counsellors-at-law, including (a) that he is a citizen of Liberia; (b) that he had graduated from a reputable and recognized law school, including the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia; (c) that he had been admitted into the practice of law in Liberia and had in fact practiced law within the Republic of Liberia for a period in excess of five (5) years; (d) that he is in good standing with the National and local bar associations; and (e) and that he is of good moral and ethical conduct.

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  • 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.

74 COMMENTS

  1. Being a member of the LNBA or to continue enjoying the privileges that it provides, it is dependent on one maintaining the highest level of integrity including fraud. The Supreme Court has nothing to do with this, and his expulsion doesn’t mean he has lost his license to practice Law in Liberia.

    • If you have a legal case, hire Nwabudike to represent you since he has not lost his license to practice law in Liberia. SMH

      • Taylor Wilson, with the Supreme Court having sanctioned and honored the legitimate and bona fide citizenship of the Counsellor Nwabudike, no court in Liberia dare prevent Cllr. Nwabudike from practicing law in Liberia.

        If I were Nwabudike I would forthwith sue the LNBA for their defamatory attack and have them pay punitive damages. That is because inter alia, their so called basis for their actions is frivolous and groundless, and driven by a malicious intent!

        • Mr. Taylor Wilson, I do not blame you believing that Cllr. Nwabudike can be stopped or banned from practicing law in Liberia by a mere “trade union” named the Liberian National Bar Association.

          But read again what a senior member of the bar, Cllr. Aamara Sheriff fired at his own LNBA:

          Minutes after LNBA announced the expulsion of Mr. Nwabudike, a senior member of the bar, Cllr. Aamara Sheriff, described the decision as ‘illegal’ and that it undermines the earlier judgment (Opinon) of the Supreme Court conferring the counselorship of Nwabudike, which, according to Sheriff, solidified his citizenship.

          “No one organization’s law is above the judgment of the Supreme Court,” Cllr. Sheriff claimed, “The court had declared Nwabudike citizenship. Who is the bar to revoke his admission as Counselor-At-Law?” Sheriff wondered.

          “The bar cannot undo what the highest court had legally done and they cannot ask the court to withdraw its opinion,” Sheriff added.

          “Nobody can interfere with the Supreme Court’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to it. It does not, however, allow the LNBA to review its opinion,”

        • Petarus Dolo, you can describe a decision of the Supreme Court as “someones opinion.” But remember this henceforth, that an opinion or a decision of the Supreme Court, automatically translates into law!

          Such law is conceptualized as JUDGE-MADE LAW! DECISIONS AND PRECEDENTS ARE LAWS!!! Such laws are even more solid than Statutory laws (laws made by the Legislature); since the Supreme Court has the authority and power to strike down laws made by the Legislature.

          The problem with people as Tiawen Gongloe and some idiots making the LNBA a laughing stock, is that they go that little Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law (with hardly real professors of law or study materials), and then do no further studies in law. A common example is that this idiot (Gongloe) does not even understand his own Liberian Constitution.

          The evidence of Tiawenś comprehension problem is seen in the foolś interpretation of Article 21(i) of the Constitution provides,”… There shall be absolute immunity from any government sanctions or interference in the performance of legal services as a Counsellor or Advocate…”

          According to the clown, the diction “immunity” in that stipulation or provision means “the LNBA can even override decisions of the Supreme Court” or do that which is SOLELY the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court – eg. the banning of lawyers. See hereunder what a senior member of the LNBA Cllr. Amara Sheriff has said about Gongloeś ignorance and idiocy in action:

          “No one organization’s law is above the judgment of the Supreme Court, The court had declared Nwabudike citizenship. Who is the bar to revoke his admission as Counselor-At-Law?” “Nobody can interfere with the Supreme Court’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to it. It does not, however, allow the LNBA to review its opinion,”

          …”

          • Dear Kou,

            Has the Supreme Court rendered any decision on the citizenship of Nwabudike? If yes, please share the decision with me on this blog.

            What I know is that some people tried to play politics with the Supreme Court, and the Supreme court, in return, played politics with them by emitting an opinion.
            Kou, OPINION ≠ (is not equal to) DECISION.

            Liberia is a sweet land of liberty. I pray for our country to remain thus.
            Just imagine this situation been in Nigeria or Ghana or Mali, the comments I read under this article from Liberians would be considered an abomination or treason.

            Stop your abusive languages against Cllr. Gongloe. He is doing his job in the interest of Liberia.
            If only some of you had experienced what some of us have experienced in those neighboring countries, you won’t be opening your mouths against your authorities like that.
            There should be a time of politics amongst us, and a time to uphold our sovereignty and keep our pride.

            I careless about your law you are preaching here, I care about people doing the right thing as they compel us to do in their respective countries.
            If a Liberian were to be in such a case in any of those countries, the eyes that would peer at you alone will make your feet to wobble.

            Leave Gongloe alone, Kou!

        • He fraudulently presented documents to the courts to admit him to the practice of laws in Liberia. Those who are arguing for him wants to eat his money. The High Court was misled to confer on him the Counslorship.

        • From which planet are you Sir?
          When our nation is at war you chose to join the enemy. Thats why we are where we are today as a country.

        • Who gave the impression or belief that the Supreme Court of Liberia sanctioned Cllr. Nwabudike’s Liberian citizenship. His citizenship was never challenged as it was during his confirmation hearing by the Liberian Senate. This is when all the discrepancies came to light which opted the need for an investigation. The LNBA took the lead, collected all relevant information, conducted its investigation through the due process, concluded its findings and made recommendations. Based on the recommdations, the LNBA took a decision.
          So do not believe that the Supreme Court of Liberia endorsed Cllr. Nwabudike’s Liberian citizenship. It was never brought before that body.

          • Jura Lynch, even if the Supreme Court did not make judgment and declaration in favor of Liberian citizenship of Cllr. Nwabudike (despite the fact the Senate may reject Nwabudikeś or any nomineeś confirmation for whichever reason they may choose) it is ONLY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH which may, could, or can, challenge Nwabudikeś or anyoneś citizenship!!!

            And never ever the LNBA, anyone, nor any other entity on earth! And such challenge by the given government or the given Executive Branch may, could, or can, ONLY be made in court!

            The legal phenomenon or dictate of “STANDING” prohibits and makes impossible any other entity to dare make any such challenge in court!

            Not to talk about after the Supreme Court within its SOLE Articles 65 and 66 jurisdiction HAVE MADE JUDGMENT ON NWABUDIKEŚ LIBERIAN CITIZENSHIP THAT CLLR. A.NDUBUISI NWABUDIKE IS A BONA FIDE LIBERIAN CITIZEN!

            And this is why even a senior member of the LNBA Cllr. Amara Sheriff warned very stupid Tiawen Gongloe and that their mob-like LNBAŚ National Executive in these articulations infra:

            “Minutes after LNBA announced the expulsion of Mr. Nwabudike, a senior member of the bar, Cllr. Aamara Sheriff, described the decision as ‘illegal’ and that it undermines the earlier judgment (Opinon) of the Supreme Court conferring the counselorship of Nwabudike, which, according to Sheriff, solidified his citizenship.

            “No one organization’s law is above the judgment of the Supreme Court,” Cllr. Sheriff claimed, “The court had declared Nwabudike citizenship. Who is the bar to revoke his admission as Counselor-At-Law?” Sheriff wondered.

            “The bar cannot undo what the highest court had legally done and they cannot ask the court to withdraw its opinion,” Sheriff added.

            “Nobody can interfere with the Supreme Court’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to it. It does not, however, allow the LNBA to review its opinion,”

  2. The president is breaking the law by keeping this guy at the other commission, this is why our path to a respected governance system will always be difficult due the unwillingness of our political leaders to enforce the law.

    It’s just a matter of time, Belleyalah will pretty soon become famous again with dishonest politicians.

    • Bill Nagbe, etc. etc., the President is not breaking any law! The fact that a nominee may not be confirmed to a certain post, does not mean they cannot serve or be confirmed to another post within government!

      Accordingly, Cllr. Nwabudike is a bona fide citizen of the Republic of Liberia constitutionally endowed with the rights to serve or work within any officialdom of the Republic of Liberia!

      The Supreme Court of Liberia is the highest and final arbiter of disputes within Liberiaś territorial and or extra-territorial jurisdictions!

      There is absolutely no where in our statutory or constitutional instruments that it is stipulated that an associational or sectional group (eg. LNBA) has any rights, authority, or powers, to disbar or terminate the practice of law of anyone! It is SOLELY the Supreme Court which has such rights, authority, and powers!

      Its only in Liberia people like Gongloe and his cohorts or bunch of ignoramus can be seen as “lawyers”! They know nothing essential about jurisprudence or the judicial process! They fail to assimilate that the judicial process is not a place where one carries his or her emotions, wishful thinking, attachments, or political stupidity!

      • Counselor Nwabudike case is being begrudgingly masterminded by an overly Liberia National Bar Association inundated by a Tiawon Gongloe revenge.

        Firstly, the authority to revoke a citizenship lies within the power of government and not a para- autonomous institution.

        Secondly, a Supreme Court early decision cannot be rescinded.

        • Well, his Tiawen Gongloe ‘s grudge is now DISGRACING him as made manifest by his own colleagues who are reminding him Gongloe about the final arbitership of the SUPREME Court and the LEGAL PRINCIPLE OF REPOSE

      • Petarus Dolo, I do not have the time and do not see the necessity of “splitting hairs” or lecturing on “opinion” or decision of a court. But please read from a senior LNBAŚ member the response to your question on “opinion and decision.”:

        Take note of the words “JUDGMENT” WITH “OPINION” IN PARENTHESIS.

        Minutes after LNBA announced the expulsion of Mr. Nwabudike, a senior member of the bar, Cllr. Aamara Sheriff, described the decision as ‘illegal’ and that it undermines the earlier judgment (Opinon) of the Supreme Court conferring the counselorship of Nwabudike, which, according to Sheriff, solidified his citizenship.

        Gongloe is doing no job in the interest of Liberia. Tiawen Gongloe is simply playing a disgusting and selfish politics by believing he is exploiting the ignorance of a few. And this is why his own colleague within the LNBA debunked his Gongloeś pretense, ignorance, and idiocy, as made evident supra.

        • Kou, the article and author you are referring to is what I am rebuking, fine something genuine for me, notably from the Supreme Court.

  3. The LNBA is simply disgracing itself. And that is the result or consequence of having a BAND OF IGNORAMUS as National Executive Council lead by a dull and corrupt guy as head of such an associational or sectional group.

    IT IS ONLY THE Supreme Court of Liberia which has the authority, rights, and powers, to disbar anyone or terminate his or her practice of law in Liberia! And this is the tradition, practice, style, and norm, or opinio juris within the comity and community of nations across the globe!

    This so called LNBA conducting itself in such an irresponsible, and totally unlawyerly , and mal-administrative manner, DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHTS, AUTHORITY, OR POWERS, – whether fundamental, actual, apparent, ostensible, not to talk about implied or inherent, to stop ANYONE from practicing law within the territorial or extra-territorial jurisdiction of Liberia!!!

    Accordingly, The Supreme Court SHALL NEVER EVER reverse its earlier decision to grant Nwabudike’s counselorship!!! Not only President Weah, but no President shall ever, based on such frivolous claims of the so called LNBA, let go of Nwabudike (or anyone) as Executive Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC). NEVER!

    Do not get “carried away” by whatever is mentioned of the LNBA in the Liberian Constitution! The LNBA IS MERELY LIKE OR AS ANY ASSOCIATIONAL GROUP OR SECTIONAL GROUP- sometimes referred to as sectional group or protective or functional group existing to advance or protect the material interests of its members! PERIOD!!!

    • Did you read the investigation findings? Or perhaps you read it but you don’t believe it? How did you come to the conclusion you did?

        • Well, I definitely understand how you feel because you never know what to believe in Liberia because lies and deceit is the way of life. So when someone tells you it’s daylight outside, you have to check for yourself to make sure. That’s how bad things have gotten in the country. When you have a country where the President is the biggest liar, and thief, all bets are off because people imitate their leaders. I’m not sure how you change the culture but I think it starts with the President. We need an honest person to be our leader and hopefully the culture will began to change. People will say, “ah, da president can’t lie oh.”

  4. Tiawen Gongloe is a very stupid boy who does not think and act as a lawyer. He displayed similar silly behavior during the past administration when he misled Tipoteh who ended up scratching his head when the SUPREME Court threw their case out through the back window of the court. In his Tiawen Gongloe ‘s idiocy and ignorance of the law, he misled Kabineh Janneh with his Gongloe’s silly layman’s arguments which ended up with Kabineh sweating on the Senate’s floor, after their ethnic/religious/subdivisional plot or stupidity failed.

    • Some of what you said about Mr. Gongloe is true, but the facts in this case merits the action taken by the LNBA. If Mr. Nwabudike believes he has been wronged, he can litigate. On the other hand, there are many idiots in Liberia who never went to law school nor sat a bar exam, but the Supreme Court gave them license to practice law because “they served in government.” The system is so corrupt and perverse that it’s hard to know what is real of fake. When I found out that someone I personally know was a counselor in Liberia, I almost fell off my chair. The whole system is based on lies and deceit. Terrible people…

      • James, It is Gongloe who should go for litigation as he did in 2017 on a similar silly contention of his.

        The burden of proof is on the one making the claim.

        Gongloe does not want to go to court now, because he remembers what happened to him on a similar silly argument of his; when the Supreme Court took two minutes to hear and dismiss his case.

        • Mr. Nwabudike is the injured party in this drama, so he should be the one to take legal action, not Mr. Gongloe. The LNBA is a professional organization and they set their own rules and bylaws which means they can expel anyone who violate their code of conduct. Mr. Nwabudike can continue to practice law, but his integrity and standing in society has taken a big hit and it is up to him to make the next move to clear his name. This matter reminds me of a situation when George W Bush was president. He appointed the former Police Commissioner of NYC to be Secretary of Homeland Security. But when the FBI did the background check, they found out he was involved in corruption. Not only did he not get the job, he was subsequently prosecuted and sent to Federal prison for 5 years. That was unfortunate. Mr. Nwabudike has lied so much about who he is…everything has come crashing down on him like a deck of cards. Didn’t the Senate reject him because of questions about his citizenship? He was wounded after the Senate rejected him but what came out of the hearings is that he is not a Liberian citizen. Lessons learned here is, honesty is the best policy because you never know what the future holds. Liberia is not a sophisticated society but occasionally, people’s dark secrets are exposed. I am sure he knows his membership in the elite class of Liberia has come to an end. It is a tragedy indeed…and I feel for him and his family.

  5. Does someone’s opinion automatically translates to law? If so, show the article (title, number, letter) making an opinion a law of the highest court in our land.

    Liberia, sweet Liberia!
    I wish this nonsense had been in any of those countries (Nigeria, Mali, etc.), will that Nwabudike ever stay in that country?

    I pray and hope for Liberia to remain sweet Liberia to welcome all to live and enjoy peace and prosperity!

  6. This is not only a question of the dismissal of Cllr. Nwabudike , who the records show, changes his name like a chameleon does in changing its color to suit the environment it finds itself. This is a question of the individual we are dealing with, his dismal character exemplified in misleading the Liberian Senate while under oath.

    Why would the Liberian President taint his name or join hands with this Nigerian of dubious character to hurt us as a people? In Liberia parlance, we say, “show me your friend and I will tell you who you are.” Where is President Weah’s loyalty? Is Cllr. Nwabudike the president’s new friend? Cllr. Nwabudike, the chameleon, should be dismissed, and deported from the shores of Liberia for attempting to falsify Liberian citizenship in violation of our Immigration and Naturalization Laws.

    Our immigration law is clear. “Aliens entering the territorial confines of Liberia must be Law Abiding…..” or face deportation. Cllr. Nwabudike is not a law abiding Nigerian who finds himself in Liberia. He therefore should be deported forthwith to his country of origin.

    It is a shame that George Weah continues to import foreigners of dubious characters and giving them key Liberian positions just to hurt us as a people. In the interest of Liberia’s national security, Cllr. Nwabudike should not only be dismissed from the present position he occupies, reserved only for qualified bonafide Liberians, but should be arrested and deported from Liberia to his country of birth for violating our Immigration laws as a non- Liberian citizen.

    Mr. President, Cllr. Nwabudike, is a known foreigner corrupt to the core. He is therefore unfit to head Liberia’s Anti-Corruption Bureau, which should be headed by a competent Liberian citizen, and Not Nwabudike, your friend, who is a corrupt Nigerian. Mr. Weah, stop giving Liberian jobs to foreigners.!!!

  7. The Nigerian rascal, Nwabudike, has nothing to lose. He has paid George Weah or should I say he uses corrupt money to pay George Weah for political positions or influential jobs that Liberians should occupy. Nwabudike has no loyalty to Liberia, instead his loyalty is only to George Weah and Nigeria, his country of origin.

    He once boasted that he has all the big shots in Monrovia, including the “Chief Justice and Weah in his pocket”. Do not blame Nwabudike for his criminal activities in Liberia, blame the corrupt politicians who prefer to sell their country to foreigners for the U.S. dollars which cllr. Nwabudike boasted that he has paid. When the Liberian Bar Association wrote Nwabudike to appear, he replied and serve copy of his reply letter to the Chief Justice, his protector and mentor.

    Liberia will one day come in good hands, and those that support criminality in high places for money at the detriment of our people will account. This one criminal Nigerian has caused more trouble in Liberia than any foreigner in Liberia’s recent history all because of the stupidity of President Weah and his corrupt Chief Justice who it would seem is peddling Liberian Citizenship and setting the wrong precedence in our Highest Court.

    • Old Man Momo of Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, etc. etc. all the countries of the world through their laws, grant naturalized citizenship to individuals soliciting or applying for citizenship.

      Our Liberian laws granted Nwabudike citizenship which has been legalized, recognized, and honored, by the highest court of Liberia – the Supreme Court.

      Whether through the negligence, whims, or misrepresentations, of whichever lower court, or bureau of government, a mere association (the LNBA) thinks otherwise, is irrelevant and immaterial.

      President Weah has long been one of the richest Africans in the world prior to him establishing the peopleś party and coalition – the Mighty CDC!!!

      As the Head of State, President, and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, President Weah one of the richest Africans in the world, and the grand custodian of Liberiaś policies, finances, population and manpower, industrial and agricultural productivity, political, economic, and social structure, Liberiaś educational and technological resources, and all other factors in terms of money etc.etc., does not need money from anyone (not to talk about a naturalized citizen) as you are carelessly and unreasonably concluding.

      Once Nwabudike became a Liberian citizen he became like any other Liberian citizen suited for position within officialdom, once he Nwabudike is qualified as sanctioned by the EQUAL PROTECTION LETTER AND SPIRIT OF THE LIBERIAN CONSTITUTION!

      The recent past Minister of Immigration of Canada was a Somali naturalized citizen of Canada. Liberia is a country governed under laws (eg.Articles 65 & 66 of the Liberian Constitution, and the equal protection clauses of – articles 20 – 26 of the Liberian Constitution)!!!

      The likes of that personification of idiocy Tiawen Gongloe, etc. etc. and or the LNBA and those crimianl and igorant elements as Rodney Sieh etc. etc. will have to “grow up”; for Liberia will never ever, as a matter of silly emotions on the part of whichever fools, violate its own constitution, nor is Liberia an exception to the norms and principles of law within the comity and community of nations!

      • You said “Our Liberian laws granted Nwabudike citizenship which has been legalized, recognized, and honored, by the highest court of Liberia – the Supreme Court.” Your comment is pure intellectual dishonesty because there is no evidence that Mr. Nwabudike is a naturalized Liberian citizenship. The documents he provided as proof of citizenship could not be verified officially by the government. What sense does it make to make a blatant lie when the facts before us suggests otherwise? You’re not entitled to your own facts, and you will be better served by basing your arguments on facts, not baseless lies. What happened to Mr. Nwabudike is by all means a tragedy, but he’s been living a life of lies and it has caught up with him. These are his own undoing as no one was out to get him. In fact, he has done pretty well in the country because he’s probably a smart guy and people seem to like his work, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that what we know so far about his background is very disturbing. It’s fascinating how you folks back home tend to defend corruption, but you wonder why the country is perpetually poor. It’s darn right stupid.

        • James, “there is not only evidence but supremely and highly solid evidence with proof beyond all reasonable doubts that Mr. Nwabudike is a naturalized Liberian citizenship.”

          And that overwhelming evidence with proof beyond all reasonable doubt is the documentary evidence within and embedded within the highest and most sacred court of our nation, country, and land – THE SUPREME COURT OF LIBERIA!

          Just how the constitution of Liberia prevails over all laws of the Republic of Liberia, so too, ANY documentary evidence of the Supreme Court of Liberia prevails over all or any evidence of or from any branch of government; as far as the constitution of Liberia is concerned viz the doctrine of the separation of powers as sanctioned by the major schools of legal though and the Liberian Constitution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Didn’t the Senate reject him on account of his dubious citizenship status which culminated into the LNBA launching its own investigation? If he lied on his Supreme Court application for a law license and the court didn’t do its due diligence then it wouldn’t have found evidence he wasn’t a Liberian citizen. Right? So let’s say Joe Blow is a fugitive and he was able to sneak his way through one check point along a road, but weeks later he was caught at another check point. Does it mean he’s not longer a fugitive because he wasn’t caught several weeks prior? It just happens that the Police at the next check point were more astute in doing their job so they nabbed the fugitive. This is the case with Clr Nwabudike. He has lied so much over the years about who he really is but now everything has caught up with him. He fooled the Supreme Court but they saying goes: “You can’t fool everyone all of the time.” Eventually you will get caught. Remember we live in the digital age where information is easy to get.

  8. I read an article from FPA ( Front Page Africa ) dated May 16, 2018 with the headline ‘Supreme Court Restores Suspended Justice Micah Wilkins Wright’s License’

    Cllr. Wright was suspended in 2017 by the Supreme Court of Liberia for allegedly committing ” conflict of interest in 2009 while he served as Liberia’s Solicitor General. ”
    Because of the suspension of Cllr. Wright’s law license for one year by the Supreme Court of Liberia, former President Sirleaf requested, recalled and replaced Cllr.Wright who at the time was representing Liberia at the Ecowas court as a Justice.

    After serving his suspension, it was the Supreme court that restored and reinstated his status as a legal practitioner in all courts of the Republic. The high court mandated the Clerk of Court, Atty Sam Mamulu to inform all courts in Liberia on the opinions and judgment.
    Where was the Bar Association ?

    There was a time the Supreme court suspended former Justice Minster Christiana Tar law license for 6 months during Ellen’s administration and the list goes on and on, Where was the Bar Association ?

    The action of the Bar Association is Politically motivated. They could petition the Supreme Court on this issue instead of acting as if they are the Supreme Court, It won’t go well for them.

    I referenced couple of cases where it was the Supreme Court that suspended and reinstated the law licenses of individuals and not the Bar Association. If Cllr. Gongloe disrespects the Supreme Court, I won’t be surprise if his law license is revoke or suspended.

    • Aarron – You’re conflicting the Supreme Court with the LNBA, which is a professional organization with its own bylaws and code of conduct. By expelling Cllr. Nwabudike doesn’t disbar him from practicing law. The evidence is clear that he lied on every document about his date of birth, citizenship, and his name. Who is the real Cllr. Nwabudike? That’s the question he needs to answer.

      • Hey James,

        I might be conflicting or wrong and I stand corrected, But can you please take a look at FPA ( Front Page Africa ) article today Monday, June 22, 2020 by Mr. Rodney Sieh, Editor headline “ANALYSIS: Will Pres. Weah Recall Controversial Nigerian Lawyer from LACC As The Nat’t Bar Association Bans Him from Practicing Law in Liberia ?

        What is your take on this article ?

        • The LNBA doesn’t have the authority to ban anyone from practicing law in Liberia, so the FPA article is in error. LNBA is an organization similar to the American Bar Association (ABA). It’s a professional organization for lawyers. The Supreme Court of Liberia is the only institution that grants law licenses so it’s up to the Supreme Court to investigate Cllr. Nwabudike for ethics violation, and it should. If the LNBA investigation is credible, then Cllr. Nwabudike should be disbarred. If you recall, this drama started during the Senate confirmation process.

          • James, thank you for your objectivity on the yellow journalism and tabloid published by Rodney Sieh of the FPA. That said, what FPA did viz such yellow journalism headline and story, is not merely an error. Its INTENTIONAL MISREPRESENTATION, INTENTIONAL FRAUD, AND CRIMINAL MODUS VIVENDI ON THE PART OF RODNEY SIEH. “ERROR” IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. ITS CRIMINAL!

  9. Mr. Aaron Doe Nelson Sr. Minneapolis, USA, Tiawen has simply reduced the LNBA to A DRUNKEN INDIVIDUAL – A DRUNKARD.

    That is, from the debunk of Tiawen Gongloe by senior members of the LNBA that the action of the LNBA is pointless; considering the repose of the Supreme Court on Cllr. Nwabudikeś Liberian citizenship, the only description of and for the LNBAŚ SHAMEFUL AND DISGRACEFUL conduct is what we conceptualize in political psychology as the DRUNKARDŚ MENTALITY.

    And this drunkardś mentality is an informational shortcut named after the drunkard (eg. Tiawen Gongloe/LNBA) who loses his keys in the street and looks for them under the lamppost because the light is better there – not because that is where he lost the keys!!!IMAGINE!

    That is,

    (1) the so called head of this trade union called LNBA, and led by an inexperienced, dull and corrupt, Tiawen Gongloe, frustrated that his Gongloeś delusion that he would have been picked for the post of Election Commissioner as Rodney Sieh suggested, and his Gongloeś personal malicious intent against Cllr. Nwabudike and Chief Justice Korkpor have ended into futility, he;

    (2) must use the LNBA as A MOB. Not because the LNBA or he Gongloe may achieve anything, but;

    (3) because he Gongloe may quench his frustration via such action of the LNBA which is politically insane and judicially very stupid; as resounded by Cllr. Amara Sherriff and other members of the LNBA that the so called expulsion of Cllr. Nwabudike is ILLEGAL and very foolish. For;

    (4) “Who is the bar to revoke ANYONEŚ admission as Counselor-At-Law”, when “the bar cannot undo what the highest court had legally done and they cannot ask the court to withdraw its opinion,” and or;

    (5) “nobody can interfere with the Supreme Court’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to the Supreme Court!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hence;

    (6) the politically insane and judicially very stupid behavior of the LNBA and its drunkardś mentality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  10. Whenever a tree is corrupted, it will bring forth bad fruit… Said the Mighty teacher Jesus Christ. Government is a center of integrity covering the entire citizenry. When ethical principles are practice by government, you will see honesty and integrity being practice by 80% of the citizens in the interest of the country.

    Cllr. Nwabudike penetrating the Liberian systems and going as far to serve in many responsible positions tell how highly Librarian systems is corrupted. From the days to his service at UNMIL as a legal counselor, strictly under the Liberian nationalship which earned him lucrative salaries, where was the LNBA then, do they did further inquiries on the status of employess at UNMIL then meanly on those serving in the legal department? Or did the ministry of labour was serious in tracking down employees information at UNMIL? For me, there where the problem last. If those responsible ministries and agencies were serious enough in tracking down any employee information at various level of government ministries and agencies and INGOs etc, we couldn’t have experience such problem. We even saw some local jobs Liberians could easily do, but they imported people for it. So, how do we expect our country to develop if citizens are not empower?

    From the onset of Nwabudike status, tell you how he penetrated the very LNBA system through briberies and as far as to the supreme court.Nwabudike presented documents that bears the signatures of the then LNBA chairman which were clearly authenticated and that from the supreme court. Their corrupt acts also encouraged former President Sirleaf to entrust him with many responsible positions in government.

    Cllr. Tiawon Gonglo may have reason into this fight to root out Nwabudike into the LNBA system, but it is glaring that Cllr. Gonglo is more political or ferocious in his fight. I am not a law student neither a professional lawyer, but to my little understanding, there are many misteps along the way. This is not just an ordinary association between one or few persons, where a violator of the rules and regulations can be hand pick or expelled at anytime. Yours’ association is covers by the supreme court which is a final abettor to terminate yours’ membership if found culpable.

    I am highly in support of Gonglo fight, but at the standpoint, you have to tidy your legal shoes and might in order to win this battle.

  11. I have tried to stay away from this topic for a number of reasons:

    1. I was born to a natural-born parent and an alien who subsequently became naturalized after my birth

    2. I have participated in lots of citizenship-related discussions on the internet and I am aware how passionate Liberians get, often without reliance on facts

    3. I just wanted to be quiet and avoid posting comments

    After reading the comments of the last few months which are largely bereft of reliance on specific statutes, I have decided to jump in, reluctantly, with a big sigh.

    So, let’s look at the facts commencing with Cllr. Nwabudike’s interview with Frontpage Africa.

    #1. Cllr. Nwabudike claimed that his dad had a Liberian wife whose grandmom was a Gola Liberian. Apparently, the granddaughter of this Gola woman, which may or may not be Cllr. Nwabudike’s mom (or stepmom), travelled to Liberia in search of her roots and took his dad along.

    #2. Cllr. Nwabudike claimed that his dad subsequently became a consultant to President Tubman around 1946, eventualtly became a naturalized Liberian but returned to Nigeria after Nigeria’s independence.

    #3. Cllr Nwabudike also claimed that his dad returned to Liberia during the Biafran war [1967 – 70].

    #4. Cllr. Nwabudike established claims to Liberian citizenship based on his dad (and possibly the unnamed Gola maternal links)

    [CONTINUES BELOW]

  12. WHAT THE CONSTITUTION OF LIBERIA SAYS

    There are three(3) legal references of interest here:

    #1. Article 27 of the Constitution – which stipulates that persons who were citizens at the time enforcement of the constitution commenced [ January 6, 1986] would remain citizens.

    #2. Article 28 of the Constitution – which requires persons with at least one Liberian parent at the time of birth should renounce any other citizenship “upon reaching maturity”

    #3. Article 2 section 2 of the Constitution states: “….Any laws, treaties, statutes, decrees, customs and regulations found to be inconsistent with it shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void and of no legal effect. The Supreme Court, pursuant to its power of judicial review, is empowered to declare any inconsistent laws unconstitutional….”

    RENFORD’S INTERPRETATION: Cllr. Nwabudike asserts that he was a citizen prior to 1986. So, he believes that his citizenship status remains in force.

    The next step is the determination of whether the STATUTORY LAWS (of 1973) about aliens and naturalization apply to him and whether or not those laws are in conflict with the 1986 constitution.

    [CONTINUES]

  13. WHAT THE STATUTORY LAWS SAY ABOUT A CHILD BORN OUTSIDE LIBERIA TO A LIBERIAN FATHER

    There are three(3) legal references of interest here, stipulated in the ALIENS AND NATIONALITY LAW enacted in 1973 (prior to the 1986 Constitution of Liberia):

    #1. Article 20.1 (b)(ii) — stipulates that a “….person born outside Liberia whose father…” was “…a citizen of Liberia at the time of birth of such child…” is a citizen.

    #2 Article 20.1 also states “….a child who is a Liberia citizen by virtue of the provisions of subparagraph(b) of this section shall lose his citizenship unless he has resided in Liberia before attaining his majority or unless when he attains his majority and before attaining the age of 23 if he goes before a Liberian before a Liberian consul and takes the oath of allegiance to the Republic of Liberia required of a petitioner for naturalization “

    #3. Article 21.3 (2) states “…. No person shall file a petition for naturalization unless he shall have attained the age of twenty-one years.”

    RENFORD’S INTERPRETATION: In essence, a child BORN OUTSIDE LIBERIA, whose father was a naturalized citizen AT THE TIME OF THAT CHILD’S BIRTH ( as Cllr. Nwabudike claims) can assert citizenship via either one of two routes:

    1. Reside in Liberia prior to age 18

    2. Takes the oath of allegiance to Liberia at a Liberian Embassy if he chose to remain outside Liberia even after turning age 18 as long as he does so prior to turning 23
    .
    It appears that Cllr. Nwabudike is asserting the first option based on :

    1. His birth in Nigeria during the 1960s at the time his Dad was allegedly a naturalized citizen

    2. Residence in Liberia at the age of 17 during the 1980s .

    Unfortunately for him, that creates a burden to prove that his Dad was a naturalized Liberian.

    It also appears that his critics like Senator Varney Sherman are relying on article 21.3(2) which requires a MINIMUM AGE of 21.

    So, two opposing sides are relying on different aspects of the law. The law that Varney Sherman is relying on would apply to those who are first-generation immigrants, not the 2nd-immigrant children (as Cllr. Nwabudike is claiming).

    [CONTINUES]

  14. WAS CLLR. NWABUDIKE’S DISBARMENT LEGAL ?

    There is a need to rely on the constitution AND the statutory laws as follow:

    1. Article 20 (a) of the CONSTITUTION states in part : “ No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right except as outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provisions laid down in this Constitution and in accordance with due process of law….”

    2. Article 21.50 (a) of the ALIENS AND NATIONALITY LAWS allows for revocation of citizenship and certificate of naturalization if it were “ …procured by conceal-ment [sic] of a material fact or by willful misrepresentation..”

    3. Article 21.50(b) of the ALIENS AND NATIONALITY LAWS allows for revocation if the person was “not eligible for such citizenship” at the time of its acquisition.

    4. Article 21.10 of the ALIENS AND NATIONALITY LAWS states that illegal procurement of citizenship is punishable by a “….fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment for not more than three years or both”.

    5. Article 21.54 of the ALIEN AND NATIONALITY LAWS stipulates that the court where such person is convicted in accordance with article 21.10 above, has the authority to “…revoke, set aside, and declare void the final order admitting such person to citizenship, and shall declare the certificate of naturalization of such person cancelled…”

    6. Article 21.53(a) of the ALIEN AND NATIONALITY LAWS requires that proceedings for cancellation of citizenship occur in the county where the person resides.

    7. Article 21.53(b) of the ALIENS AND NATIONALITY LAWS stipulates that the person adversely affected by such judicial action has thirty(30) days to respond to the Government’s [ in this case, the Ministry of Justice’s] petition to the circuit court.

    8. Article 21.59 of the ALIENS AND NATIONALITY LAWS stipulates—

    “where the gravity of the case demands, the Legislature may enact a special statute ordering proceedings to revoke and set aside an order admitting a person to citizenship and to cancel his certificate of naturalization on specified grounds not stated in this sub-chapter.”

    [CONTINUES]

  15. RENFORD’S INTEPRETATION: Cllr. Nwabudike has not been charged, prosecuted by the Ministry of Justice, and convicted in a court of law for illegal acquisition of Liberian citizenship.

    The Ministry of Justice has not even commenced proceedings to revoke his certificate or prosecute him for fraud].

    He has not been accorded his right to due process which allows him to appeal to the Supreme Court of Liberia if he is convicted.

    So, it’s unclear what statutes are relied upon by the LNBA to expel him from that organization.

    The Supreme Court has already ruled in the Alvin Teage Jalloh case that one’s citizenship can not be revoked in the absence of DUE PROCESS.

    That ruling was about DUE PROCESS, not whether the framers of the Constitution permit dual citizenship. There is a difference!!!

    Those who believe without doubt that Cllr. Nwabudike is not a citizen should, therefore, allow due process to prevail.

    [END]

  16. I am glad objective minded souls have also begun bombarding the LNBA following the bombardments from some senior LNBA members as Cllr. Amara Sherriff, etc. etc.!

    As I and others have always maintained: Tiawen Gongloe is just damed stupid. And because the criminal minded and extremely corrupt Rodney Sieh would publish such yellow journalism headline as “Will Pres. Weah Recall Controversial Nigerian Lawyer from the LACC As The Nat’l Bar Association Bans Him from Practicing Law in Liberia?”, he dull Tiawen Saye Gongloe stupidly cannot realize his own folly!

    I really do not know which law books that fool read. According to his usual silly interpretation of Article 21 in which the LNBA is mentioned, the LNBA is equated to a court or some sort of Supreme Court. The boy is too damed stupid!

    He Gongloe exhibited similar stupidity in the Korkoyah case, and when he Gongloe was disgraced by the then Police Director and Inspector General of Liberia Col. Muna Sieh for he Gongloe stealing the Police Letter Head facilitate his Gongloeś obstruction of Justice in the Angel Tokpah case.

    And it was later revealed that he asked for and received bribe from the defendants in that murder case, for which he chose to bury the evidence with the murdered little girl.

    “Look at” his Gongloeś silly argument infra, for which the LNBA is behaving as some mob equated to a court or the Supreme Court:

    “The legal profession is unique among the professions in the country, because it is the only profession that is given protection by the Constitution in Article 21 (i) which provides that “There shall be absolute immunity from any government sanctions or interference in the performance of legal services as a Counsellor or Advocate.”

    According to the fool, by the LNBA impersonating as A COURT OR THE SUPREME COURT, the LNBA is carrying out its functions or performance of legal services. The clown fails to realize that that provision or clause is referring to individual lawyers AND NOT THE LNBA WHICH HE HAS REDUCED TO A MOB!

    And as if such idiocy is not enough on his part, he continues his rants as: “The LNBA could not ignore the issue of the citizenship status of one of its members, which information provided by him created doubt over the authenticity and veracity of his claim of Liberian citizenship,” AS IF ARTICLES 65 AND 66 OF THE LIBERIAN CONSTITUTION VIZ JUDICIAL POWER AND FINAL ARBITERSHIP ARE ALSO APPLICABLE TO A MERE TRADE UNION -THE LNBA!!! WHAT AN IDIOCY KNOWING NO BOUNDS! TIAWEN SAYE GONGLOE IS IDIOCY PERSONIFIED!!!!

  17. Thanks Renford for taking up the time to give us the info and your thoughts.

    True Nationalist, I agree with you, Matilda, Kou, G. Zota, Concern Liberian, Z.A. Zamawa and K.Z.Zoedjallah on this issue.

  18. According to this publication, Cllr. Nwabudike citizenship was never revoked, it is the councilor membership to the LNBA that was revoked. He was expelled.

    • Oldman Nagbe of West Point, of course, LNBA lacks the jurisdiction to revoke anyoneś citizenship. So the issue here is whether the LNBA is even right to revoke any of its members membership without due process; especially when the Supreme Court has ratified the individualś (Cllr. NWABUDIKEŚ) citizenship and sanctioned his right to practice law in LIBERIA.

      And the answer is A BIG NO, as asserted by even senior members (eg. Cllr. Amara Sheriff, etc. etc.) of the very LNBA who said such action on the part of the LNBA is illegal and that it undermines the earlier judgment (Opinon) of the Supreme Court conferring the counselorship of Nwabudike, which, according to Sheriff, solidified his citizenship.

      So the next question is that is a news outlet (FPA) been professional or responsible in publishing such yellow journalism headline as “Will Pres. Weah Recall Controversial Nigerian Lawyer from the LACC As The Nat’l Bar Association Bans Him from Practicing Law in Liberia?”, WHEN ONLY THE SUPREME COURT HAS THE AUTHORITY, POWER, OR JURISDICTION, TO BAN ONE OR A LAWYER FROM PRACTICING LAW IN LIBERIA! THE ANSWER IS NO; AND FPA IS SIMPLY BEEN IRRESPONSIBLE, UNPROFESSIONAL, AND FRAUDULENT.

  19. Mr. Walsh,

    You have just shown the way to intellectualism and constructive argument.
    Unfortunately, people who have commented based on your conclusion did not take up the time to read your analysis thoroughly.

    I am neither a constitutionalist nor any legal practitioner, but from reading the articles and your analysis, I can gather that your conclusion stemmed from the deficiency of our institutions to expediently do their jobs.

    Fact, I do agree. Though our justice system has not done its job to prosecute Mr. Nwabudike, even embarrassing the Supreme Court to emit an opinion due to political pressure, such individual of doubtful citizenship should therefrom NEVER be allowed to sit on the LNBA or even be presiding over the LACC to date.
    Let Mr. Nwabudike file a lawsuit against the senate for his name to be cleared first before he can even defend anyone in the court of law in the Republic of Liberia.

    To those who easily result to insulting dignitaries like Cllr. GONGLOE, desist! This is no intellectualism. The honorable man is doing his job rightfully, file a lawsuit against him if you have any problem with his proceedings.

    I pray for Liberia to remain a land of liberty for all!

    • Petarus Dolo, you have not understood anything Mr. Walsh underscored. What Mr. Walsh is saying and what others, and even members of the very LNBA are saying are that:

      (1) before the so called LNBA or any other trade union takes any such rigid action as the LNBA reduced to a mob has taken, such decisions and or actions must be preceded by the courts through DUE PROCESS OF LAW (article 20 of the Liberian Constitution)! And not via the whims and very stupid deliberate caprices of anyone or any entity! And that;

      (2) “the LNBAŚ decision is ‘illegal’ and that it undermines the earlier judgment (Opinon) of the Supreme Court conferring the counselorship of Nwabudike, which solidified his citizenship.

      (3) “No one organization’s (eg. LNBA) law is above the judgment of the Supreme Court,”

      (4) “The court had declared Nwabudike citizenship. Who is the bar to revoke his admission as Counselor-At-Law?”

      (5) “The bar cannot undo what the highest court had legally done and they cannot ask the court to withdraw its opinion,”

      (6) “Nobody can interfere with the Supreme Court’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to THE SUPREME COURT”!!!!!!!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • True Nationalist,

        If the Supreme Court has rendered a decision as you claim, share such with me, please! Or refer me to the news media that carried such story.

        I have been following this affair closely. The present corrupt and inept government tried to con some members of the Supreme Court. In return, such individuals replied politically. There was nothing abiding in this OPINION, it was not legal, it cannot be traced through any form of legal nomenclature, if so, please share with me here!

        You see, the conversation you and I are holding here would NEVER have been held in Nigeria.
        Let’s come to ourselves man! For Liberia to move an iota, we need a clean justice system. How can you have such dubious character on our LNBA? Someone who has been involved in the seizure and sale of a ship not belonging to him? What justice do you expect such person to render? Investors will continue to run away from Liberia with such human beings in our judicial apparatus.
        Did you follow the story about the 2 gentlemen who pumped in $5 million into the Liberian economy and the money evaporated into thin air?

        Liberians should stop this obscene debate. This Nwabudike merits to be deported from our country for climbing the echelons of our society through LIES and FRAUD!

  20. Some people need to be reminded that the Supreme Court can always REVERSE its own decisions. Supreme Courts around the world are made up of HUMAN BEINGS and human beings are susceptible to error.

    So, if the Supreme Court of Liberia, once upon a time, declared Mr. Nigerian Con-artist a naturalized Liberian citizen based on fraudulent information and falsified documentation; the Supreme Court may reverse its own decision and send the crook packing.

    ###

    It would be up to the Supreme Court to defend the constitution and also prove that its members can exercise Common Sense.

    • You need to be “reminded” that no Supreme Court reverses its decision based on such frivolous. flimsy. groundless, and politically selfish-motivated claims made by a mere trade union (the LNBA) and its silly so called head ( corrupt Tiawen Gongloe) who had to be recently tamed and disciplined by the very Supreme Court.

  21. “True Nationalist” in my opinion, is a Nigerian Nationalist writing non-sense in defense of his Nigerian Compatriot,Cllr. Nwabudike. Instead of sticking to the issue, he goes all out attacking and insulting our dear learned Cllr.and Statesman from Nimba, Cllr. Tiawon Gongolo. As a paid agent of the Nigerian now under the Liberian microscope, you continue to authenticate his dubious methods employed in obtaining Liberian citizenship through tricks and artifice and using documentary falsification to get “naturalized”.

    Now that the facts have been uncovered by Liberians who mean well for the country, people like you who claim to be a “Nationalist” should look at the facts on how Nwabudike “citizenship” was obtained instead of arguing emotionally in favor of one who under oath misled or lied to the Liberian Senate. To me, you are not a “True Nationalist” as you would have us believe.

    In your discourse, you further aver that “nobody can interfere with the Supreme Court’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to the Supreme Court” is plain stupidity because in this instance, the Supreme Court of Liberia, like the Liberian Senate, were mis-led by Mr. Nwabudike by his use of documentary falsification to obtain his “citizenship”. In Liberia, the law states ‘that which is not done legally, is considered not done at all.” Nwabudike papers presented for naturalization are all dubious and fraudulent. In other words, he lied to the Liberian government to get his so called “citizenship.” This therefore makes his “citizenship” illegal and “considered not done at all.”

    It is time that Geaorge Weah gives Nwabudike the boot. Nwabudike is an embarrassment at the Corruption Bureau. How can a man fight corruption when he is himself corrupt? He lied to the President, he lied to the Senate under oath, he lied to the Chief Justice, He lied to the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, He lied on his Marriage Certificate documents, He lied to the Immigration. In brief, he lied to the government and people of Liberia.

    The truth hurts. But it is more gentlemanly to tell the Town Chief that there is “Pupu”(faeces) on his gown than to allow him to parade the town because of fear of recriminations. Nwabude seems to be the “pupu” on President Weah’s gown. He needs to get rid of the “pupu” now before the whole Corruption Bureau begins to smell.

    • “Old Man Momo, Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County”, you are a fool and a bastardly swine when your asshole knowing nothing about this issue, and want to spew your stupidity about someone “not sticking to the issues” as your backside you think is your mouth, oozes such stupidity about another being a “Nigerian nationalist.”

      When your asshole sat in Freetown with your Freetown wife, and received weapons from Siaka Stevens to overthrow a democratically elected government, I bet you ass did not know you were a Sierra Leonean nationalist!

      Instead of dealing with the issue of due process, the right of negroes been naturalized citizens of Liberia, and the supremacy of the Supreme Courts decisions, your silly backside, driven by prejudice, sentimentality, and xenophobia, want to give credence to a corrupt Tiawen Gongloe who is on public and court record of been a thief who is rude, dull, and corrupt, and worst, is known by the very Liberian people and the Supreme Court of been stupid and emotional in matters of jurisprudence and lawyerly conduct.

      If what your silly asshole is saying is anything near meaningfulness, logic, or commonsense, then why would senior members of the very LNBA vehemently oppose silly Gongloeś mob behavior in these articulations infra?:

      “No one organization’s law is above the judgment of the Supreme Court,” “The court had declared Nwabudike citizenship. Who is the bar to revoke his admission as Counselor-At-Law?”

      “The bar cannot undo what the highest court had legally done and they cannot ask the court to withdraw its opinion,”

      “Nobody can interfere with the Supreme Court’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to it.” These are reactions from the very LNBA to Tiawen Gngloeś drunkard mentality which has reduced the LNBA to a mob/gang with a modus operandi of lawlessness and gangsterism!

      For us, law is the most towering reason and achievement implanted in nature, which commands what ought to be done and forbids the opposite! Hence, as far as we are concerned viz the rule of law, and with our knowledge of human nature, and the natural, or I should say, the bizarre xenophobia from some people, when it comes to treating naturalized citizens or foreigners with fairness and justice, the overwhelming evidence and proof beyond all reasonable doubts from the Supreme Court that Cllr. Nwabudike is a bona fide citizen of the Republic of Liberia, prevails!

  22. From the very beginning, wicked Liberian leaders (mainly because of prejudice against another group of black people), have been hospitable to foreign Nationals at the detriment of the country. Because of mistreatment of the indigenous people by the old time political black leaders, most foreign Nationals (such as Nwabudike and hundreds more like him) have found it pleasurable to do anything at will in Liberia. I am aghast at Nwabudike’s musings. But I do not blame Nwabudike so much because he knows how the old time politicians behaved against their black brothers and sisters in the past. I am not a xenophobic! I prefer to see things done right. If Nwabudike behaves himself right in Liberia, it’s okay. He can stay in the country and straighten himself up. However, Nwabudike’s flagrant manipulation of the system (I don’t know if we’ve got a system) is what bothers me most.

  23. Regarding the Supreme Court’s involvement in Cllr. Nwabudike’s qualifications as COUNSELLOR-AT-LAW ( not LNBA membership), I assert that the Supreme Court has the power to determine who becomes Counsellor-at-law.

    I refer readers to a Supreme Court decision titled: ‘In re Petitions of Alexander Attia et al [1999] LRSC 46; 39 LLR 815 (1999) (16 December 1999) ‘

    In that Supreme Court ruling, seven(7) attorneys-at-law applied for membership to the Supreme Court bar as counsellors. The seven(7) persons were : Alexander Attia, Alexander Bryant, Emmanuel Mabande, Emery Paye, Fomba Sheriff, Paul guah, and Sikajipo Wollor.

    The petitions asserted that all but one were graduates of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. The lone (unnamed) exception had become an Attorney via the apprenticeship system.

    The Chief Justice of Liberia, Gloria Musu Scott, subsequently appointed two Committees:an Examination Committee and a Moral and Ethics Committee, to determine suitability for admission.

    The Examinations Committee comprised of the following: Cllrs. Frances Johnson-Morris (Chairperson), Marcus R. Jones, Francis S Korpor, and F. Musa Dean Jr.

    The Moral and Ethics Committee comprised of the following: Cllrs. Wheatonia Y. Dixon-Barnes (Chairman), Frederick Cherue, Jonathan Williams, Stephen Dunbar, and Felecia V. Coleman.

    The court approved of almost all of the applications on December 15, 1999, except for Alexander Bryant who was out of the country and had not sat the exams at the time.

    Take a good look at the names mentioned above. Are some of them familiar? Frances Johnson-Morris( former Justice Minister, former Chief Justice, former LACC Chairperson), Francis Korpor (current Chief Justice), F. Musa Dean Jr. (current Justice Minister), and Frederick Cherue( late Justice Minister).

    This is the process that Cllr. Nwabudike was referring to. His claim is that there already exists a system for vetting membership to the Supreme Court bar, which he had successfully qualified.

    This is different from membership in the LNBA.

    To verify what I just posted about Attia et al , do the following:

    #1.Visit liberlii(dot)org/lr/cases/LRSC/1999.

    #2. Scroll down to the list of decisions taken in “December 1999” and click on the very last link.

    • Sir, refer us to Nwabudike’s vetting process, not Attia’s et al.
      No one is questioning a duly respected process in 1999, we are appalled by gross fraud and manipulation of the legal system of Liberia.

      It’s true that some decisions can stem from the jurisprudence of similar case/s. What you are referring to here is in no way a jurisprudence nor a procedural fraud.

      • Look, my friend, confirmation/nomination/vetting process is normatively a political process; since no significant affirmative constitutional compulsion exists to confirm or withdraw any presidential nominee!

        Secondly, this process is empirical; in that from time in memorial, and from all extrapolations, can be envisaged through eternity, the overriding political power of the Liberian Presidency will continue to confine the senateś actual role in the nomination/confirmation process to its current status; where, in almost all cases, the President shall have his or her way viz his or her choice of appointment.

        Nevertheless, since there is no constitutional legal compulsion on the Senate or the presidency dictating rejection, confirmation, or withdrawal, it is totally lackadaisical and absolutely baseless for some associational group (eg. the LNBA OR PEM-PEM ASSO, ETC. ETC.) to seek the removal of said nominee ( eg. Cllr. Nwabudike etc. etc.) from his or her current post or any other post, despite whichever reasons for which his or her nomination may have been rejected or withdrawn!

        Not to talk about the fact in the Nwabudikeś case where the Supreme Court (with its sole jurisdiction of Articles 65 and 66) has A POSITIVE VIEW in the favor and interest of the said nominee completely different, divergent, and opposite to the Senateś reason for rejection or the Presidentś reason for withdrawal.

        But of course, we do not blame most of you for your strange, but of course laughable reasonings in these matters!

        For;

        (1) if a whole so called President of the so called LNBA does not have the intellectual equilibrium nor professional acumen to rightly interpret a simple stipulation as Article 21 (i) which provides that

        (2) “There shall be absolute immunity from any government sanctions or interference in the performance of legal services as a Counsellor or Advocate,” and would;

        (3) misconstrue such ” “absolute immunity from any government sanctions or interference in the performance of legal services” as;

        (4) a latitude or leverage for the LNBA to violate the due process clause, or “undo what the highest court had legally done” viz the courtś articles 65 and 66 constitutional sole powers, (if we may quote an LNBA member against the stupidity of Gongloe or the LNBA,), one should expect nothing better from a layman as you or these idiots and ignoramus claiming to be editors masking as web administrators etc. etc.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Mr. True Nationalist, you speak with your ass but shit comes out of your mouth. You are so stupid and corrupt to the extent that you and the likes of Nwadibuke live and thrive on corruption.

    You are no God damn “Nationalist” in the true sense of the word , but rather a stooge and paid agent of Mr . Nwadibuke, the Nigerian impersonator whom you all have helped to falsify Liberian citizenship and using our Supreme Court to “legitimize” this fraud.

    As patriots, we will not rest but to ensure that the “decision of the Supreme Court” if at all such decision exists, and for which you are stupidly boasting about to have same reversed reversed because said decision was fraudulently obtained by the Nigerian Fraudster and your likes.

    The truth however crushed to Earth shall rise again. “For us, we shall speak the truth, if bullets to our breasts.”( Tombekai Dempster, Liberia’s Poet Laureate, Grand Cape Mount County).

  25. The universe obeys God; seas and lands obey the universe, and human life is subject to the decree of supreme law, just how a nation or a citizenry is subject to and must obey the judgment of its Supreme Court!!!

    Anyone can or may describe our actions or call us names whichever way they like!!! But while a true nationalist, we shall at all times, as patriots of the highest order, strongly identify with our home state in vigorously supporting its interests, at home and abroad, our conviction that the origin of justice is found in law, and the equal protection clause of the Liberian Constitution must never be selective in terms of implementation, are cosmopolitan and national principles we shall forever uphold; even at the cost of our life!

    Accordingly, even putting aside the “drunkardś mentality” of Gongloe and his LNBA disregard of the due process of law, and they reducing the LNBA to a mob for a moment; we are of the conviction that despite whichever reasons oneś nomination may have been rejected or withdrawn (a process which is purely political with no legal compulsion or dictates), it is;

    (1) totally lackadaisical and absolutely baseless that after the Supreme Court (with its sole jurisdiction of Articles 65 and 66) has A POSITIVE VIEW in the favor and interest of the said nominee, completely different, divergent, and opposite, to the Senateś reason for rejection or the Presidentś reason for withdrawal (actions which are purely political), some associational group (eg. the LNBA OR PEM-PEM ASSO, ETC. ETC.) or any individual should;

    (2) seek the removal of said nominee from his or her current post.!Not to:

    (3) talk about the fact in the Nwabudikeś case where the Supreme Court (with its sole jurisdiction of Articles 65 and 66) has A POSITIVE VIEW in the favor and interest of the said nominee completely different, divergent, and opposite to the political process of the Senateś reason for rejection or the Presidentś reason for withdrawal.

  26. The Supreme Court of today is nothing more but a Kangaroo Court which any corrupt foreigner can use to buy citizenship by asking for a “decision of the Supreme Court” as has been observed in the case of Mr. Nwadibuki, the Nigerian Criminal Fraudster who has been Commissioned by our foot-baller President to run the Anti-Corruption Bureau. The all encompassing question is this: How can this Nigerian, with dubious character, who lied to the Liberian Senate, under oath, lied to the Supreme Court to get a “Supreme Court Decision” in his favor, lied on his Marriage Certificate, Lied to the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, lied to the Liberian Immigration, and lied to the Liberian Bar Association, effectively run the Corruption Bureau? This would be a recipe for disaster, if this were allowed. This man from Nigeria who finds himself in Liberia has no credibility to run the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Leaving him at such an important assignment that requires transparency and honesty which he has shown himself lacking

    The “Chief Justice” seemingly does not know the law and is not the best Liberia has to offer. He holds a mere LLB from the University of Liberia. Frankly, he is a war time Chief Justice. To therefore boast that the Chief Justice has given a “Supreme Court Decision making Nwadibuke, a Citizen, based on fraudulent documentation presented by Mr. Nwadibuke, thus misleading the Court in the decision it arrived at, is mere non-sense.

    The Supreme Court, is clothed with the authority to “REVERSE ITSELF” IF IT IS PROVEN BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT THAT IT WAS MISLED, by Nwadibuki, the Nigerian Fraudster, who with all intent and purposes seeks “Liberian Citizenship” for Liberian jobs that our Footballer President has promised him. It is because of this desire for Liberian jobs that he is encouraged to showed fraudulent papers to our Supreme Court to convince said Court in coming up with a “Supreme Court Decision” that he is ” a Liberian.”

    It is indeed a sad commentary that Liberia could have averted all this stupidity had she utilized one of our best as Chief Justice, most of whom graduated from Yale, George Town, or Harvard Law School to avert this mishap. None of such qualified individuals or Liberian legal scholars from the above named institutions of higher learning, would have risked their profession in giving a “Supreme Court Decision” for citizenship based on fraudulent documentation to a foreigner who lives and thrives on lies, and deceit, and who happens to be a friend to a footballer President and who is yet to realize what Nwadibuke, con artist, has done and continues to do to our country.

    • Mr. Oldman Momoh, did Philip Banks not graduate from or at least do some courses at Yale, but judged in favor of a foreigner who is a US citizen but was appointed by the past government as Head of the NEC?

      Were you in coma when such were going on during the tenure of the Ellen Johnson Sirleafś presidency?

      Varney Sherman, your own tribal man from Cape Mount graduated from Harvard, but there is his record on the Global Witness case or the Bong and Firestone workers cases.

      Look, “Oldman Momoh”, if you have no argument in a debate, just throw in the towel and go to sleep. Thank you Mr. True Nationalist for keeping the oldman busy.

      But remember that old people easily suffer from Alzheimer a type of dementia. And as you can see, the Papay has forgotten so quickly about the Gongloe/Tipoteh/Korkoya US citizenship case when as US citizen, Jerome Kokoyah was appointed and served as NECŚ head and chief commissioner, with Yale and Harvard graduates (Philip Banks and Varney Sherman) arguing that the claimants or plaintiffs – “Gongloe and Tipoteh made no sense.”

      The people papay has even forgotten that his own best friend Philip Banks, and his own country man Varney Sherman graduated from Yale and Harvard universities respectively. But their public records do not represent nor reflect what papay Momoh wants us to believe about these foreign universities.

      Well, may be the papay Momoh may be honest, but he is suffering from Alzheimer, a type of dementia.

  27. Comrade Old Man Momoh of Warkorlor, you have judged well to use the conditional clause beginning with the conjunction “IF” on the wishful thinking of the Supreme Court “reversing itself.” Courts do not “reverse itself”, nor overturn such judicious, just, and fair decision; even if the majority opinion “today” becomes the dissenting or minority opinion “tomorrow”!

    And that is precisely why, from all jurisprudential extrapolations, that matter is A RES JUDICATA – a matter that has been adjudicated by a competent court (the Nationś highest court) and therefore SHALL NOT be pursued further. Do not get “carried away” by the political processes of the seeming rejection by The Senate or the withdrawal by The Presidency.

    Lastly, you contradict yourself when you have earlier on asserted that “Tiawen Gongloe, with just few years in the practice of law, and who simply has an LLB from the very LU you are disparaging, is a competent lawyer”.

    But at the same time, you are (trusting emotion instead of reason) saying that His Honor Chief Justice Francis Korkpor with more wealth of experience, and far many years than Gongloe´s within the judicial process, is not your ideal, because according to you, he (His Honor Chief Justice Francis Korkpor) did not graduate from Yale etc; but from the very LU as the dull and drunkard mentality Tiawen GOngloe who has reduced the LNBA to A MOB!

  28. The Supreme Court can overrule itself. The most famous example of this is in the case “Brown vs Board of Education.” This landmark case declared racial segregation unconstitutional in public school.

    The above mentioned case directly contradicts a case decided 60 years prior called “Plessy vs Ferguson, which began the legal standard of “Separate but equal” for segregation.

    The “Brown vs Board” decision was issued almost 60 years after Plessy by the same Supreme Court thereby overruling itself(The Supreme Court).

    I hope the above clarifies the matter that the Supreme Court, under the law, can overrule itself. In fact, the United States Supreme Court has overrule more than 200 of its own decisions. It is therefore not un-common for Supreme Court Justices to change their mind.

    If the Supreme Court has reasons to believe, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Nwadibuke fraudulently obtained Liberian Citizenship, the Justices of the Supreme Court are legally clothed with their authority to change their mind in withdrawing said ill-gotten “citizenship” with a reversal decision.

  29. Old Man Momo is right. The Supreme Court can overrule itself under the American Justice System of which Liberia is a part.(American Jurisprudence).

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