The Government of President Sirleaf has the best opportunity to lay a firm foundation for the respect for human rights and other tenants of democracy, including good governance.
The first step, I advise, would be the removal by the President of Mr. Robert Sirleaf from at least one of the two positions that he occupies now, if not both of them.
It is inconsistent with every tenant of good governance for Mr. Robert Sirleaf to be a senior advisor to the President and at the same time serve as member of the board of directors of the National Oil Company of Liberia.
This is a clear conflict of interest in every way.
It is important for the President to correct this situation before she
oath of office for her
second term in office.
has made laudable contributions to the young people of this country by building football stadiums in many communities in Liberia for which every well-meaning Liberian is appreciative.
is bringing happiness to the young people of Liberia unlike Chucky Taylor who brought them sorrow.
presence in government in the current roles he
occupies undermines these great contributions.
This is a matter that many are whispering about.
But as I have said before, I cannot whisper about matters that affect my country.
Going forward, it is important that President Sirleaf makes it clear by her
actions that she
intends to lay a firm foundation for making human rights the most cherished national value in Liberia.
I suggest to her
to make it clear that no media institution will be closed again under her
administration for what it publishes because her
government promotes the multiplicity of media institutions and that in such situation no one media has sufficient power to influence any negative conduct.
Clearly, unlike before when Liberia had two radio stations, Liberia now has multiple radio and TV stations, with one radio station in almost every district of Liberia.
In a situation like that, no media institution has the potential of posing threat to peace and security.
I also suggest that in addition to the freedom of information act, the President submits a bill to the legislature to repeal the laws on sedition, criminal libel against the President and criminal malevolence.
These are gag laws.
We cannot build a vibrant democracy and still have laws that inhibit free speech.
To the memory of the Late Albert Porte, who advocated unsuccessfully for the repeal of these laws, I appeal to President Sirleaf to seek their repeal.