They say “A stitch in time saves nine.” Today it is 200 plastic chairs which may seem negligible. But tomorrow, it could be library books or laboratory equipment. Next, it could be the college generator.
Then where would the African Bible College (ABC) be? In the darkness that it was built to dispel and bring the light of learning and living water to Nimba’s hungry souls and enhance its potential as one of the nation’s most dynamic and progressive political sub-divisions.
That is why we believe the college administration should undertake a swift and thorough investigation into the loss of 200 plastic chairs from the ABC auditorium.
We are totally surprised at the college’s person in charge, who told our Nimba Correspondent, Ishmael Menkor, that the theft “has nothing to do with the press,” then immediately switched off his phone. This college official fails to realize that by making that remark, he casts suspicion over himself. Was his remark an attempt to cover up the crime? Why? What does he know about the alleged theft of the 200 chairs that went missing from the college auditorium?
This so-called college official, whoever he may be, does not realize that everything concerns the press, whether it is the misappropriation of tens of millions of United States dollars from the state enterprise, National Oil Company (NOCAL), or a petty larceny case in a magisterial court.
Many of us remember the famous Monrovia Magistrate, His Honor Peter Bonner Jallah who, at the onset of a petty larceny case would ask, “Old rogue or new rogue.” When the prisoner honestly answered, “Old rogue,” the judge would immediately show some leniency and give him a stern warning to stop this evil practice, or face harsher punishment next time. Of course, the press would be there to cover that. You are talking about the theft of goods or property valued at only five or ten dollars.
How much more 200 chairs from a college campus: It could be immediately construed as “educational sabotage,” which should be a serious crime in a country nearly 70% of whose people are illiterate.
Or does this college official seem to be telling us that the foreign missionaries who invested their precious United States dollars, time, energy and talent to open the ABC were wasting their time in Liberia? No, we insist they were not; they were rather determined to spread the light of learning and evangelism to the Liberian interior lost in darkness, illiteracy, witchcraft, superstition and other demonic forces that include atheism and the denial of the positive force of religion in the lives of a people.
And so we say to the so-called college official, yes indeed it is the business of the press, for if the practice of theft continues, soon he would be out of a job, for the missionaries would soon pack up, leave and go someplace else in Liberia or another part of this continent still reeling from the darkness of godlessness, witchcraft and ritualistic killing, under the guise that human blood can bring power and prosperity to people.