We told George Manneh Weah this long ago, in 2005, to leave this politics thing alone and stick to what he knows best—football—but unfortunately, he would not listen.
The mindless crowds around him kept urging him to go for the presidency of Liberia, even though most of them knew fully well that being a football super star had nothing to do with the ability to run a country. They also knew that the man had hardly done eighth grade, so how could he run a country?
It turns out that his football prowess showed that he was a good follower, not necessarily a good leader. Indeed, because of the expert and effective management of all the European teams he played for brilliantly and successfully, they were able to inspire and support him in doing well, and he did, winning the Africa and World Football trophies several times.
Alas, when it was time for him to pass on his football expertise to his own people—Liberian footballers and his national team—the Lone Star—he could not do it because he did not know how to lead. Many say that was because of his autocratic demeanor. Such demeanor can never inspire excellence and success in anything. A team—football or any other team—in sports or in business, needs team work in order to succeed. Any team leader who does not know that CANNOT and WILL NEVER lead a team to success in anything.
We all remember how because of his overwhelming popularity, he won the race for the Liberian Senate hands down. Alas, what has he done with the people’s confidence and support? In the two or more years he has been a Montserrado Senator, no one can ever remember anything he has ever said on the Senate floor. So why did he run for the Senate? Just because he has a popular following? Now here are all these highly educated people encouraging him to run for the presidency, when they KNOW he is neither a leader nor does he have the education or intellectual capacity to lead a country—or anything else.
Now look what he has done to a decent and talented young man like Kanio Bai Gbala, a Liberian who returned home several years ago determined and willing to use his talents in service to his country—for the good of Liberia!
Kanio announced this week that he had resigned from George Weah’s political party, the Congress for Democratic Change and the Coalition for Democratic Change. It was not exactly clear why he had made this move, but it is widely believed that he could not stand the decision by his party leader, George Weah, to SELL for money candidacies for the Legislature. Who in the history of politics anywhere in the world ever heard of such a despicable (immoral, disgraceful, vile) thing?
In his letter to CDC Chairman Nathaniel McGill, Kanio made it very clear that “I visualize myself as a man of personal conviction, consistency and honor.” He described his decision as “probably one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my entire life.”
This young man immediately and decisively sensed the pitiful and tragic degree of hopelessness in a party which, instead of searching with a lantern for the most qualified, most committed and most patriotic people to lead the CDC to victory and to help Liberia move forward, the standard bearer is SELLING for money the candidacies, which means that any crook or scoundrel (rascal, rat or rogue) can buy his way into becoming a CDC candidate and, because of the party’s popularity, can enter the sacred (or so it should be) House of Representatives or even the Liberian Senate!
We highly commend Kanio Bai Gballah for this most honorable decision he has made and beyond that, we call on all well-meaning and honorable members of the CDC to follow Kanio’s most honest, honorable and patriotic lead.
God give us more men and women like Kanio Bai Gbala, who have the courage, decency, honor, integrity, pride and self-respect to stare evil and wrong directly in the face and say “NO!”