SO, MR. 26-DAY ORATOR, TWEAH, STOP SAYING TWO DIFFERENT THINGS OUT OF THE SAME MOUTH, AND AT THE SAME TIME! START WALKING THE WALK AS EVERYONE—PRO-POOR PEOPLE INCLUDED—SAYS OPPONG MUST DO. TALKING THE WALK WILL NOT DO—NEITHER WILL A FORKED-TONGUE, DECLARING OUR MAN THE WINNER AGAINST THE FORMER PRESIDENT, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, CRYING: “HE KEAHN DO IT! NOBODY DID IT IN 171 YEARS!” WHAT KIND OF DOUBLESPEAK IS THAT? WOULD THAT WIN THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE’S MONEY? WHICH MONEY? U.S. DOLLARS OR LIBERTY? TWEAH SHOULD JUST SHUT UP…NOBODY’S PAYING HIM FOR THAT.
By ATTY. KEITH NEVILLE ASUMUYAYA BEST
President George Oppong Weah should have hit the ground running from day one—beginning with the main thing that every man, woman and child heard about and understood: The country was in trouble. It had to do with MONEY! The whole money business was in a mess; and that is the way it was, before George became president.
President Weah knew it and talked about it every chance he got, after he was elected: “No money! The country broke. The woman ain’t lea nahtin’ behind. How I will pay my rent, before I finish fixing my small place? Then they say I must declare assets. I ain’t gah narthin’.” That’s my palloh asset, ok? So what? Ahn break no law. Let them sue me! As President Weah took over the presidency, everybody was complaining about the ubiquitous (seen everywhere) mutilated (tear-tear) Liberian dollars (LD).
Mills Jones had left the mutilated (tear-tear) money behind. Milton Weeks came to resign, and passed on the other side of the tear-tear. Oppong had the chance of a lifetime to kick off his administration by getting the mutilated notes off the streets, and out of circulation. It would have taken only sixty hours—or sixty days! The market women were going to be impressed and, today, would still be calling Oppong Country Giant—not Country Lion!
Everybody started writing Oppong: Mr. President, Your Excellency, stop talking the talk; just walk the walk: He should have started doing his own work right away, and stopped trying to do other people’s work, leaving his own undone. But did he listen? No. He was listening to all the millionaires and running around trying to borrow money. Did he ask Mrs. Sirleaf how to go about borrowing money? We do not think so.
Then, up stepped Finance Minister Tweah on 26 Day, hinting that it looked like people expected Oppong to fix the country in six months! The same six months that Mr. Tweah says President Weah took to finish beating Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s whole 12 years of running the country! But, we do not have a problem with that! Tweah continued that most African countries, Liberia included, have failed because they refused to change—to stop depending on the sale of raw materials (iron ore, rubber) in the case of Liberia, and diversify (branch out, expand)—producing rice and other home-grown industries, to get themselves out of poverty.
Commenting on the almost hopeless situation President Weah stepped into as he was sworn in, Minister Tweah pointed out that: “when one party takes over from the other, the incoming party will turn out only as good as the situation the outgoing party left behind.” “A six-month-old-leadership could hardly be expected to have solved in mere six months, a 60-year-old-problem that had been creating headaches from the nation’s founding, in 1847.
The same situation has trapped other African countries and their economies that had not been able to “gee nor haw” (get out of the doldrums, get going) in over 60 years,” the orator told the listening public. And yet, under the same breath, the finance man tried to make the case of President Weah having been elected because Liberians believed that he stood “the greatest chance to change, (for the better) what has challenged the country for generations.”
“IT MAY SOUND PLAUSIBLE, (LIKELY)
AND THEREFORE, EASY TO BELIEVE
AND ACCEPT., BUT IF IT IS NOT LOGICAL, (NOT MAKING SENSE)
THEN IT IS FALSE!”
So, what is Minister Tweah really trying to do, when “Oppong can do it,” and he will do it,” comes out of one corner of his mouth. Then, he turns around and wonders why Oppong would be expected to do what everybody before him failed to do,” confusing everybody, including the president himself—after all, isn’t that what Oppong Weah does, and keeps doing—disappointing the naysayers?
MAYBE Tweh should have been asking: Why shouldn’t Oppong be expected to do what others before him failed to do? His response would have been: That is exactly what should be expected of him, according to what Mr. Tweah has said out of the other corner of the same mouth: again, because that is why Oppong Weah was voted for—to go where no man has gone before, as Minister Tweh has said again and again. But hold on a second: maybe, the Minister might be onto something with this but, like Donald Trump, he might not know how to go about it.
Let’s not forget that Oppong is remembered as having taken ages to get started—a late developer as was seen with his unexpected transition, (switch) to top-notch soccer, after fooling everybody for some time, not putting on a good show, early. Maybe Tweah is expecting another miracle—like edging out James (Salinsa) Debbah as the final choice in turning pro in soccer, we have been told; or like winning the presidency against a sitting vice-president.
The orator’s doublespeak baffled many listeners who wondered whether Mr. Tweah had been following history or not. Donald Trump came to the American Presidency with problems of his own—problems he himself created, after somebody dropped him on his head when a baby—as has been suggested—which his parents are said to have not have confirmed.
Notwithstanding, Mr. Trump took his presidency seriously from day one, and started turning his country upside-down—crazily, maybe, but he was getting things done. He found that he had plenty on his plate, and had to make good on his platform, his plan, as well as on the promises he made to his country and to his Right wing supporters who bought into his stratagem (ruse, trick) that he would make them relevant once again.
Trump showed up at the White House, prepared with everything he produced for his campaign, and has kept running steadily, even though sometimes, he is running in the opposite direction, from everything and everybody else—almost. Trump continues to make mistakes, because he is trying to follow those three things that got him elected, even though many Americans are scandalized (outraged, disgusted) by his “in your face” behavior, politics, temperament, and lack of social grace.
We are not trying to criticize Oppong, believe me. But he came to the Liberian Presidency with little or none of the preparation, experience or the skills required. It didn’t make much of a difference to the electorate; Oppong, he had done well for himself, and they loved, and admired him. Dr. Weah brought neither platform, plans nor made promises, he might have been able to make some delivery on.
The star could do anything, and would do everything—as he had done before; just another game. It is—except that this game is not football. Still, everyone that supported him—earlier or later—simply, expect him to do well, as he is trying to, and, still might do. Today, many expect and believe that something ‘big’ will happen—and it is not about money.
But he has to get busy. Getting busy means finding people who want to work and can deliver—and might help get things on track. He is recognized as a Dr. of soccer, but he has to practice and work hard to become a Dr. of Politics, too. Yes, he can! Finally, Minister Tweah, did anyone call Mary Broh on Oppong, to make him do something he didn’t want to do? No, nobody did!