River Gee County to Resist ‘White People’ Land Ownership

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Rep. Poure: "We are not ready to give land to white people”

River Gee County District #1 Representative Alexander Poure has vowed never to affix his signature to recall the Citizenship and Land Ownership Resolutions from committees’ room, because his district is not ready to give or share their lands with ‘white people.’

Rep. Poure said because of the economic condition of the people in rural Liberia, especially in River Gee, coupled with increment in the incidences of financial crises that have rocked the global economy, his constituency will reject the Landownership Bill, because the citizens are afraid should the economically empowered ‘whites’ buy all of their lands.

In an interview with journalists on Wednesday in his Capitol Building office, Rep. Poure argued that it is better for the people to strive and sleep peacefully on lands they inherited from their forefathers than to have no lands.

“We are not ready for landownership to be taken from our people,” Rep. Poure said, adding, “We will not sign and will not vote for that kind of law.”

On the issue of Dual Citizenship, Poure registered his disagreement with such idea of a non-negro becoming citizen of Liberia, but promised to only support  Liberians who lost their citizenship to other countries and want to regain that status.

Rep. Poure’s statement is in support of the one made earlier by Chief Imam Ali Krayee, head of Liberia’s National Imam Council, denouncing the idea to grant citizenship to people of non-negro descent, which he believes will create a new class system in Liberia, where people who are far more advanced intellectually and economically will eventually take over the main cities and towns, while the poorly-prepared indigenous retreat to the slums.

19 COMMENTS

  1. This is what happen when you put ignorant backward people in office. For more than 150 years, what development did you bring? I bet your relative have house abroad. River Gee has many backward people.

  2. That is why the Americo liberian did not want you indigenous people to vote and own land, because many of your cannot think. The Nigerians already own your land Mr Racist Sierra Leone laughing at your

  3. This representative is very intelligent and looking at what happening around the World. I salute you Mr. Alexander Poure. Do not be deterred from the rightful position and stand you are taking. I am with you in spirit and in flesh. Only out of sight people should be supporting those foolish bills making Non-Negros: Whites, Lebanese, Chinese, Indians,and others citizens of Liberia.

    South Africans are today spectators or back-benchers in their own Country. Robert G. Mugabe, Africa only giant, had to kick out the whites people who were enslaving them on their Ancestral land out of Zimbabwe. It was hard in the beginning, but today Zimbabwe is gradually gaining confidence and building itself again. No one can develop without land. That fact is where do you do our deveopment?

    Infact can you have a town, a family, a property if you had sold out all your Ancestral land to white people? How can our people be so stupid and think very short. I see why George Bush brought in boxes of old books for Liberians to be reading, so as to gain some knowledge about what really happening in the World.

    There is land conflicts all around us even in Liberia itself as we speak. Why these guys can not first and foremost see reason to start re-viewing all the concession agreements/contrats that they thereby signed during the Sirleaf 12 consecutive years of President Sirleaf regime that is not actually in the best interest of Liberian schools children, environment and economic?

    Why can`t they see reason to reduced their salaries to for example help to build a clinic in Grand Kru?
    Look, we have serious national issues! Let our legislature stop taking petit petit money/bribes from these foreigners in the name of investment and development that is for their personal interests.

    We will resist any land sale in the South East. The Grebo people will resist any land sale by any means available to us!
    We met the land there because it was protected by our Ancestral and we are obligated to protect it and leave it for our generation/children not yet to be born. Who are we to sell our Ancestral land?

  4. Are Liberians tired of owning lands or tired of being the driving force of their own economy and want to turn all they owned and worked hard for over to foreigners and make themselves into servants on their own lands? Well, have a talk with the palestinians or south africans and get back to me or ask the red indians, they will tell you what it is all about to compete with those wealthy strangers over lands. Your future generations will desacred your burial places and scatter your bones for being stupid by selling their lands to people who in turn made them slaves on their own land; bravo, honorable alexander poure, for your stance, you are a visionary leader, history will remember you as one who saved the future generations of your district from fighting a war they can never win.

    • tHE FIRST 100 YEARS OR SO, THERE WERE NO “WHITE PEOPLE, SO WHAT DID YOU ALL DO WITH THE LAND. sO SO TALK. BIG TALK. sOUTH AFRICA HAS WHITE CITIZENS SO WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? wHERE YOU THINK THEY WILL TAKE THE LAND? i BET YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE HOUSE MUCH LESS ROOM . wHERE IS THE LONG LINE OF PEOPLE WAITING TO BUY YOUR LAND? tHIS MAN THINK THAT PEOPLE RUNNNG TO Liberia. Show me the hospital, show me one free place to toilet.

  5. Is this guy a lawmaker? You mean he said “white People”? What crime do you commit if your skin is white? For 170 year our land has been owned by black people, what have been the benefit of the more? You keep all the resources underground and the citizens are dying. Our parents born here, celebrated our resources and died without benefiting any.

    • tHANK YOU. tHE FIRST 100 YEARS OR SO, THERE WERE NO “WHITE PEOPLE, SO WHAT DID YOU ALL DO WITH THE LAND. sO SO TALK. BIG TALK. sOUTH AFRICA HAS WHITE CITIZENS SO WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? wHERE YOU THINK THEY WILL TAKE THE LAND? i BET YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE HOUSE MUCH LESS ROOM . wHERE IS THE LONG LINE OF PEOPLE WAITING TO BUY YOUR LAND? tHIS MAN THINK THAT PEOPLE RUNNNG TO Liberia. Show me the hospital, show me one free place to toilet.

  6. There are groups of whitemen waiting to buy land in all the natural resource areas…. Hope Liberia is ready to sell all the best …. and fertile soils to them too … After that, let’s our children wait and see what happens after 25 years…. when their children also becomes lawmakers ….

  7. Allow me to play devil advocate, are Africans/black people allow to own land or become citizen in the Middle East/Lebanon, China, Japan, Germany, France, England and Australia and other white owned countries? My opinion is, this is just another cop out; which only states that we are incapable of developing our owned country but would rather bring in others to do it for us. World war two(2) lasted from 1939 to 1945 which caused between 50 t0 85 million fatalities, most of which were civilians in the Soviet Union and China; which of course included massacres. Did these countries change their constitution to welcome non-Chinese or non-Russians to help built their countries?

  8. What white man want to live in this hell hole? River gee is one of the most backward county. All these illiterates scared that educated people will make them lose their jobs. Don’t worry Liberians coming home, educated Liberians. Then we will see who born dog. these educated Liberians will begin to change Liberia. Most of you who cannot spell or read straight will be looking for jobs. That is why the white man laughs at us. We cannot move anywhere because we are so ignorant. why you running to the white man country when you sick? Hospital cannot afford alcohol, no road to River Gee , who so you blame? is it the white man that took the charcoal you were eating or the rat in your pot? You serious, stop driving the car made by the white man and create your own transportation. useless man

  9. This gentleman I quest he is not a rubber stamp senator like others politicians he is very smart and intelligent couldn’t easily be influenced by any means. Land is a valuable prosperity as a power given by God to the people should never be sold meaning to sell your birth rights. Liberia is a perfect and attractive place on earth interns of green forests reserve could becomes highest commodity to be bought by rich white people around the world which is not the resolution to Liberia economics problem but a driving force to get the indigenous people out of their land to slum as squatters . Liberians must be careful not to rush to what they don’t understand there is plot against this beautiful land they cherish for almost two hundred years. Nobody can better do it for you but yourself

  10. Ghana accept white people and dual citizenship, Liberia don’t. Case close. look at Ghana and look at Liberia. Sierra leone accepts people for citizenship, look at Sierra Leone and look at Liberia. case closed. Kenya accepts dual citizenship and Liberia don’t. Case closed.

  11. Africans/ Traditional ie INDIGENOUS Liberians do not sell Land. In all Liberian Languages, the WORD for citizen is “CHILDREN OF THE LAND”; when translated into English. The land is the MOTHER of the TRIBE, CLAN… In the customs of Liberia’s People, to sell your land is like selling your MOTHER. It’s Mother Earth/Land that NOURISH the people. Therefore, it is widely believed and accepted; that LAND should not be SOLD. Let’s keep that TRADITION.

  12. Bravo Representative Poure for being so articulate and level headed to speak out on this so-called “Non-negro” land ownership. Stand your ground and don’t be deterred. I hope many of your colleagues will be level headed and think like you.

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