By Rev. S. Edward Bardawlue
Please accept my profound congratulations for your superb and impervious leadership that you magnificently employed to surmount “Superior presidency” in Liberia, thus permitting the peace and unity all Liberians unequivocally enjoy in the country.
It was the power of superior presidency most of our past presidents exercised to prevent national development since the 1847, because it did not allow citizens of this country to discuss critical issues of national concern.
Now that you have subdued this enormous power through your tranquil leadership that realized “Freedom of Speech” in Liberia, I am most pleased to address you this Open Letter that contains two cardinal “propositions” to bolster the peace and unity you have established in Liberia.
These propositions are as follows: (1) That a golden monument for our beloved President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, be installed at the strategic position at the Executive Mansion for saving the lives of Liberians and our foreign partners residing in our country from the deadly Ebola that invaded Liberia from our sister state of the Republic of Guinea in 2014.
Madam President, it should be the concern of all Liberians that you merit this monument because you were often seen during the Ebola outbreak, along with the Management Team you set up to supervise the Ebola preventative measures, going from house to house of Liberians and our foreign partners where Ebola was immolating our people.
Therefore, Madam President, I am sincerely urging you to please pass this proposition into law with the acquiescence of the experienced and educated Honorable Members of the Legislature. This monument will serve as a living testimony for saving lives of Liberians and our foreign friends from the deadly Ebola by putting your own neck on the chopping board of Ebola!
(2) That the National Flag of the Republic of Liberia be abrogated or amended to be replaced with the National Unification Flag because our flag resembles the National Flag of the United States of America both in design and posture. I hence conjecture that this flag was adopted by our progenitors without the concern of the United States of America. In fact, the flag of any nation in the world obtains its national symbols directly from the natural resources of the country it represents. Therefore, we the people of Liberia shall now employ our national clout, through this forum, to repudiate this flag and place it into our National Archives as a souvenir for our future generations to view because its national symbols are not from the natural resources of our country.
The attainment of the national symbols of the National Unification Flag from the natural resources of this land, and the spiritual participation of our ancestors into the inclusive designing of this new flag are featured through the transition periods of Liberia: the accumulation of the forest green symbol of the National Unification Flag is obtained from the deep forest resource of the pre-historical period. For the first time in the history of this nation, this first symbol is attributed spiritually to the seventeen tribes that migrated into this country from the states of the West African region, for the protection of this country from foreign invasions during the stay of their generation in the pre-historical transition period. This first symbol, of course, alters the red symbol in the National Flag in use to forest green in the National Unification Flag – this disparity in postures between these two flags qualifies the National Unification Flag as the new National Flag of the Republic of Liberia because it is posture-freed from any other national flag in the world.
The second symbol is the white national symbol that denotes purity. It is obtained from the historical transition period. This symbol is conferred on our ancestors who were sold into slavery in the pre-historical transition period.
Madam President, for the heinous burden these ancestors encountered in their enslavement and while being taken away to the Diaspora by their slave masters without any resistance from them, they receive this white symbol for the purity of their hearts towards the endurance of this country. Of course, this is the duty of any national flag to unite the living and the demise to obtain genuine peace and unity for the country it represents.
The historical transition period from where the national white symbol was accumulated, inhabited two descendant groups; namely, (1) the native descendant group and (2) the pioneer descendant group (our forefathers in this group called themselves pioneers while they were returning to this country from the Diaspora where they received their freedom from slavery granted by their sundry slave masters). These two traditional groups worked in this period together in harmony until they declared “Independence” to this country and called it Liberia.
For the freedom they rendered this country, both groups received attributions after their ancestors; thus, the pioneer descendant group received the national white symbol after their slave ancestors for the purity of their hearts, because they would have remained in the Diaspora to enjoy the highly sophisticated education and religion they had acquired; however, they decided to join their native brothers and sisters in this country. On the other hand, the native descendant group who succeeded their native forefathers in the protection of this country from foreign invasions received the national forest green symbol after their ancestors. The last two national symbols of the National Unification Flag are a dark-blue symbol and the lone star symbol. The dark-blue symbol is situated at the upper left-hand corner of the National Unification Flag, and it represents the dark-continent of Africa. The lone star symbol is situated at the nucleus of the dark-blue symbol and represents the first independent light in the dark continent of Africa.
The last transition period is called topical transition period. The eleven designers of the National Unification Flag are obtained in this period if, Madam President, you appoint a Wise-men Commission (comprising wise men and women) to select these eleven designers from the native and pioneer descendants. This commission will divide the native descendants into six groups from where six persons will be selected by their native surnames to represent the six forest green stripes of the National Unification Flag as the six designers from the native descendants; furthermore, they will divide the pioneer descendants into five groups, where five persons will be selected by their pioneer surnames to represent the five white stripes to become the designers from the pioneer descendants – add these six persons from the natives to the five from the pioneers, they become the eleven designers of the National Unification Flag.
In the first place, the typical transition period contains the native and the pioneer descendants derived from the native and pioneer ancestors who inhabited the historical transition period. However, none of the ancestors of the past transition periods designed this new flag, but it is designed for this generation of the typical transition period. This is why the designers of the National Unification Flag are selected from this period. The inclusive designing process of this new flag is completed in this topical transition period.
The last work to consummate the process of these two propositions contained in this Open Letter is for you, Madam President, to seek the acquiescence of the Honorable Members of the Legislature for this Honorable “Body” to enact a legislation to the National Elections Commission to arrange a national Referendum to allow eligible Liberian voters to vote the Aureate Monument for the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for saving the lives of Liberians and our foreign friends from the deadly Ebola, and to vote the National Unification Flag as the new National Flag of the Republic of Liberia!
Madam President, I have the honor to announce to the Liberian people, through you, that these propositions contained in this Open Letter are the nuclei for permanent peace and unity in Liberia; that is, if the National Unification Flag is implemented into law, the demure image that Liberia encountered after the 1847 “Independence” for the use of a foreign flag will be exculpatory; moreover, if the golden monument for the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is installed at the strategic position at the Executive Mansion, the pride and love the people of Liberia have for our beloved President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for saving the lives of Liberians and our foreign partners will be vivid to the entire world.
About Author: Rev. S. Edward Bardawlue of the Barjukalye World Wide Ministries, Inc lives in the Duwan Town Community, Gardnerville Township, Monrovia. He can be reached on 0886-582-369/0770-933-514.