By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
Some friends of the Nimba County District #9 Representative, Matenokay Tingban, have embarked on a campaign to restore dignity among Liberians as they launched under the banner of “Support the Defiance Campaign against gross disrespect for the presidency, other constituted authority and to our fellow citizens.”
The campaigners who stormed Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh over the weekend led by Representative Tingban informing scores of youths who had turned out that it was a peace initiative to alert citizens that constant insults meted out by Liberians on each other, is a trap to keep the country doomed.
He said the Ellen-led government is the only government that respect is lacking and that there is a tendency that this might continue if nothing is done to curtail it.
Giving an overview of the Friends of Tingban’s (FOT) peace initiative campaign, Representative Tingban said Liberians have to regain their morals and someone must take the lead adding that apparently this can only be effective when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf leads in offering open apology to all other dead and past leaders she too insulted.
He explained how Liberia is at a crossroad and if Liberians do not regain their lost virtues of respectability, there is a likelihood of bringing about disconnections, citing the introduction of child right and human right factors that are capable of containing gross disrespect especially when government is not prepared to put in place infrastructures to support the process.
Rep. Tingban described President Sirleaf’s leadership as one that offers jobs as wages to those who insult constituted authority or the presidency but said, “We should not invite the ugly past. We must together sustain the peace with respect being the first step.”
“We are the owners of this country; let us take back what belongs to us because even if it was bad, we should not follow it because it is making the country uncomfortable. Liberia must be a civilized, respected and decent nation and all must restore the civility by saying simply, “I am sorry,” the Nimba County lawmaker pleaded.
Grand Gedeh brings to three the number of counties FOT has launched its campaign even though local country authorities especially Rep. Tingban’s fellow colleagues seem to be shying away from committing themselves openly to this initiative, an attitude that is apparently instilling political fear in elders and chiefs in the counties to attend the meetings as well.