Speaker Alex Tyler handed the gavel of authority to his deputy, Grand Bassa representative Hans Barchue, Friday in a brief but solemn display of statesmanship.
For weeks now Liberians both at home and in the Diaspora, including concerned observers in the international community, have watched the unfolding events on Liberia’s Capitol Hill with incredulity.
There were mounting calls for Hon. Tyler to do the ‘honorable’ thing to recuse himself from the Speaker’s seat by political brigands who are by any account wanting in the moral department.
It was a tragicomedy the intoxicated Romans would have been proud of centuries ago.
Granted, any official in either the private or public sector, who has the ill luck to be slammed with a criminal indictment, must take leave of his or her position in order to get a moral and legal clearance by duly constituted authorities with statutory sanctions.
Alex Tyler did the ‘honorable’ thing last Friday. The multimillion question making rounds in cocktail circles, commuter buses and in taxis all over this blighted city is: ‘what next’.
Will Liberians, including their concerned friends wherever they are, be told the true story about the convoluted display of morality on Capitol Hill?
Are the ongoing political machinations in this overcrowded city in the best interest of the impoverished citizens of this Republic we call Liberia?
Is Alex Tyler paying the price for unbridled patriotism and nationalistic fervor?
The jury is still out.