Was Cyril Allen Taken Out Of Context
By: Timothy T. Seaklon
Political and journalistic pundits are wondering whether the Chairman emeritus of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) Mr. Cyril Allen was taken out of context relative to a reported statement attributed to him that he would mobilize ex-combatants to effect the resignation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
For the past three days, the Liberia National Police (LNP) has been investigating the former NPP Chairman relative to the statement and in an interview with the media yesterday Mr. Allen confirmed that he was taken out of context by the Talk Shows host.
Speaking to newsmen following yesterday’s investigation at the Headquarters of the LNP on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Mr. Allen said, “I am the last person to threaten to mobilize ex-combatants because I have a lot of properties and plantations. I will be a loser if anything goes on wrong here.”
Mr. Allen said the statement he made was to ask for the resignation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and allow her Vice President Joseph Boakai to complete her term in office because a number of things that are happening in the country does not speak well of her governance.
Allen a fast talking politician named those things that are happening to include the damaging Transparency International index on Liberia, the increase suffering of the ordinary Liberia who goes to bed daily without a decent meal, serious hike in school fees which parents cannot afford and the usual report of corruption in high places.
“I am talking these things because I think my President or President needs to be robust in taking action to improve the lives of the people and reprimand those in her government who are carrying on bad governance,” Mr. Allen said.
Mr. Allen spent over three hours with the Police Criminal Investigation Division along with his legal Counsel Cllr. Cyrenius Cephas and pointed out that when President Sirleaf begins to take stringent actions against corrupt government officials, then things will return to normal.
He said after years of civil war and at a time the international community has turned in the direction of Liberia, prompt leadership must be exercised to continuously improve the country’s image, saying, “ This is what I want my President our President to do. Take actions.”
Mr. Allen told newsmen that the case with the police is over because it has been established that he was taken out of context.
However, public opinion believe that the Liberia National Police must give its side of the story as the LNP is yet to speak out on the Cyril Allen three days’ investigations.