The former President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Cletus Segbe Wotorson, has warned Liberian electorates not to make what he called “the mortal error of gambling on a future leader by supporting some friendly, but desperately inexperienced person who will delude you with a bundle of promises that he or she knows will not see the light of day — politics of patronage.”
Wotorson, a former Senator of Grand Kru County who honorably retired in 2014, frowned on “political messiahs who always wait for these periodic six years to discover the redemptive charisma of their leadership deliverables in promising everything from the Mount Wologizi to Lake Sheppard.”
Mr. Wotorson made the statement on Friday at his Congo Town office when he endorsed Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for the presidency in the October 10, 2017 elections.
He wondered if election season is the only time of divine inspiration when “the good God only seeks them alone for national leadership. Why do we fill the aspirations of our youthful population with uncontrollable expectations that we very well know we cannot unravel?”
Wotorson said though a great number of Liberians may not be educated, “but they can recognize the difference between the tomfoolery of spineless political rhetoric and the biting compassion of truth,” and added a quote from Rev Dr. David Daniels that “Joe Boakai kept in his lane; never crossed it to get in his boss’s lane.”
Vice President Boakai, former Senator Wotorson continued, “was a good understudy. From being a good and loyal Vice President he learned and learned a lot like William R. Tolbert did. He learned the hard lesson of navigating an uncharted terrain; that is what a good and loyal Vice President does, respect for constituted authority.”
Wotorson, also a renowned Liberian geophysicist pointed out that “in retrospect, one can recognize that nearly all of the cadres of political dreamers possess the academic comfort of a college piece of paper, but are being dogged by the protrusive absence of public performance, underpinned with the concrete of maturity, the scaffold of competence to write home about. Confoundedly, our competitors hail from among the perceived crux of the nation’s respected and best personalities our nation has to offer at this time, but I am concerned about their administrative and political capacities.”
Describing Vice President Boakai as the ‘Special One,’ Senator Wotorson said he recognized “the defiant and bold actions of those members of the 53rd National Legislature, who eschewed the conspiratory whispers of Liberian politics and paradoxes and did the right thing and endorsed the ‘Special One’.”
He said as an elder statesman and someone who brings a wealth of forethought embalmed by his tenure of 60 years working for mother Liberia, Mr. Boakai “should not be a Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon sitting by, while our country is yearning for direction, wisdom and honest thoughts, and political guidance at this critical time of our political transformation.”
Senator Wotorson said the country’s transformation begs for integrity, humility and reconciliatory values, involving a national call and a duty for posterity. Having been acquainted with Ambassador Boakai for more than 25 years, including nine years serving with him as the Pro Tempore of the Senate, “I’m not only convinced, but believe that Ambassador Boakai is a calm, calculative, sober and smart and obtrusively religious man of interest and has the political gravitas, appropriately adorned by his bone-deep love of mother Liberia, the dense cold blooded armament of consummate maturity to lead the country!”
He described Ambassador Boakai as “a witness of a time-tested veteran of political sojourn, the sobriety of apostolate internship, a reclusive and yet reflective mind, a Rene Descartes disciple vented by his coinsurance of humility.”
Senator Wotorson said 2017 is a fateful year, and while Liberia is at a crossroads, “We must eschew emotional lunaticism and must soberly and maturely engage our best faculties in decision thinking and making. For either we enjoy the sweet juices of progress triangulated or we take the mortal risk of placing our undeterminable future in the hands of untested, inexperienced political competitors whose dedicated purpose appears to be the ultimate power for the sake of maybe revenge and to even scores.”
“As a mature, elderly and experienced statesman, I am compelled to indisputably, unabashedly, unmistakably validate Ambassador Boakai’s decision to be the president of our dear country,” he said.