Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu and Rev. J. Emmanuel Bowier have announced that they want financial support to comprehensively rewrite the legislative history of Liberia.
The two Liberian historians said the country’s history is full of errors and they want to correct them; otherwise, strangers would be hired to do so.
Dr. Guannu and Rev. Bowier said a committee to rewrite Liberian history, which emanated from the Vision 2030 Conference in Gbarnga, Bong County (2012), was unable to continue its work because it lacked money and that government did not have the political will to support the project.
The two men made the remarks on Thursday, April 27, in the library at the Capitol Building on the topic, “Writing Legislative History.”
Dr. Guannu said it would be in good faith and expedient while they are alive and available for the government to support the committee, which is made up of experienced and qualified historians, lawyers, journalists, and theologians.
Speaking on errors, Prof. Guannu explained that the Seal of Liberia needs to be corrected because “the love of liberty met some of us here, and didn’t bring everyone to Liberia,” and added that: “Liberia’s 5th President didn’t die from drowning or from physical assault as written, but died in prison in February 1872.”
He said in the national anthem, Liberians are described as “a race benighted” – which means ‘cursed, despised, and dark’ race; and it must be changed, “because it is insulting and degrading.”
For his part, Rev. Bowier said if Liberia’s history is not corrected “it will haunt us… Liberians have to know why and how Duala and other parts became part of Liberia when Ibrahim Sesay of the Faithful of Medina asked President Daniel B. Warner for it to be a part of Liberia.”
He said Liberia’s involvement in ending Nigeria’s Biafra War, Kwame Nkrumah’s Liberian nationality, Nelson Mandela’s two-month visit to Liberia, and the real account of Gen. Thomas Quiwonkpa’s invasion of Liberia must be told.
Meanwhile, the co-chair on the House’s Executive Committee, Munah Pelham Youngblood, thanked the two historians for their willingness to rewrite Liberian history. She promised to write plenary today, Tuesday, May 2, to seek their indulgence to allocate money for the project to rewrite a comprehensive, diplomatic, and legislative history of Liberia.