Simply Thinking Thoughts
In my thinking thoughts, I pondered the recent dismissal of Colonel Abraham Kromah and the celebration it aroused among bike riders in and around Monrovia. I was baffled over the construct of people who called in on talk shows expressing relief and support to young Abe’s dismissal.
It also struck me that Liberia’s foremost opposition party, CDC, would join the noise fray and commend Madam Sirleaf for dismissing Abe as though his tenure was totally a bane with no speck of blessing. What a peculiar semblance to Julius Caesar’s funeral discourse delivered by his loyal friend Mark Anthony!!
Bane is the opposite of blessing. It means bad luck, an omen or something cursed by God. For example, those presently living in tombs at the Palm Grove Cemetery are a bane and cursed. There is also an adage in Liberia, “When bad luck (bane) follow you, rotten banana can break your teeth”
In my opinion, the commonplace indication from within some circles of the Liberian community is that Colonel Abraham Kromah’s service to this nation as Deputy Police Director was a complete bane wrought by vices and not a blessing.
In some circles, they say young Kromah was ruthless, chased and knocked down motorcyclists, while in other circles, he beat up people without reason, he was in the street whereby he was supposed to be behind his desk spewing instructions. Others say he was a rude and heartless policeman. To still others, he was a brute and former rebel who ordered his policemen to kill motorcyclists.
Before being remiss, note keenly that it is not difficult to decipher that most of these assertions could be coming from people who grossly refused to comply with the rule of law that young Kromah set out to enforce howbeit in a supposedly ruthlessly manner.
Suffice it to say that Abe is a culprit of “all of the above”. However, is there anything that we can point to as a blessing during his tenure?
Blessing is something that benefits, that nurtures, that consecrates and sanctifies. When somebody receives a blessing, that means he or she has benefited from an action or event. Do you recall how the hi-jackers at the Red Light would sing “I see my blessing coming” when they encountered a helpless pedestrian that they were about to rob? How about the hymn, “Count your blessings, name them one by one”?
Now, are we saying in Liberia that we did not benefit nor were we not blessed by Colonel Abraham Kromah’s actions as Deputy Police Director? Lord have mercy!!!!
Abe Kromah – Julius Caesar Semblance
In the Julius Caesar story, Mark Anthony faces a rude mob which has been agitated and roiled by Brutus et al against Julius Caesar. In order to appease the mob, the adroit Mark Anthony first concurs that indeed Caesar may have been an evil ruler. However, he stealthily avers that there are some good things about Julius Caesar’s reign as ruler of Rome. He therefore notes, “I have come to bury Caesar and not to praise him. For the evil that men do lives after them and the good is often interred with their bones. So let it be with Caesar…” The story ends with the previously escalated mob becoming de-escalated, the ungrateful minds made grateful, the fiery tongues assuaged, and hateful hearts made loving and appreciative, hence celebrating the true legacy of Julius Caesar became the order of the day.
In my opinion, there are some positive things one can point to as Abe’s legacy. Can we sift some blessing from the entire bane about Colonel Kromah? Can we count the curtailment of armed robbery and the decongestion of motorcycles and other conveyances in Monrovia streets as a blessing? Can we point to the decrease in motorcycle accidents and death rate among bike riders as a blessing? Can we say the serenity in the neighborhoods of Monrovia after 10 p.m. when all motorcycles were shut down is a blessing? If the answer is yes, then Abraham Kromah truly left behind a positive legacy and blessings in spite of the “hate message” against him.
A fascinating and patriotic action point was the manner in which young Colonel Abraham Kromah saluted and bowed out of office by thanking the President for allowing him to serve, by leaving office without being processed for prosecution by the Ministry of Justice for corruption (at least not yet) and leaving office without being branded an inept, misplaced appointee, lacking demonstrable security management acumen, and leaving office without being disgruntled. These are exemplary and Abe stands to benefit and be blessed.
Now may the Lord continue to bless Liberia with citizens and leaders who will be able to decipher blessing from bane. May the Lord make his countenance to shine upon our country and give us grace and rid us of the vices of our time, and give us the peace that passes all understanding that Jesus Christ Himself promised.
I am simply thinking thoughts.
About the author
Moses Blonkanjay Jackson, who hails from Rivercess County, is a triple Ivy League product, and a Jesuit protégé. Mr. Jackson is a Yale University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. He holds the Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree from Harvard University and another Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics (MsEd) concentration from Saint Joseph’s University.
The Liberian scholar was dismissed in April 2015 from his position as Assistant Minister for Teacher Education after diligently serving the Liberian Government for about three years. He is a candidate for the Doctor of Education.
The Rivercess scholar can be reached at 0886 681 315 / 0770 206 645, [email protected].