It all started with the publishing of an investigative ‘report’ by the international watchdog Global Witness highlighting allegations of bribery, misfeasance and fiscal impropriety by top drawer government officials including some ‘Honorable’ members of the lower house in the current 53th Legislature.
The revelations by Global Witness triggered rancorous debates both in the legislature and around the country with citizens in particular watching the unfolding drama with undisguised incredulity.
The script for this tragic comedy could have been written by an intoxicated gothic cartographer, though the actors were seemingly sane men and women with unabashed claims to statesmanship in this twenty first century.
Africa’s oldest independent Republic was threatened with public relations nightmare as the reputation of this troubled country became smeared in the blackest national embarrassment since the founding of this Land of Liberty.
There were expectations of the falling from grace of several so-called statesmen (and woman) as a result of the Global Witness’ inspired docu-drama inducing some high octane speculations on the identities of Big Boy one and Big Boy two.
In the end, the besieged speaker of the House of Representatives was left to pay the ultimate price as a reluctant and an unwilling sacrificial lamb.
It was the intrepid art of creating a scapegoat gone out of sync in a nation that is still fighting to regain a moral middle ground after decades of excruciating internecine civil war.
The embattled speaker, J. Alex Tyler has been finally pushed aside; the result of a heady mixture of primitive vindictive upheaval and blatant political opportunism.
Liberians are now breathing a collective sigh of relief as this country recovers from an unprecedented show of puerile behavior at the highest level of national governance.
We hope that the all-elusive positive character manifestation we call sanity will now prevail particularly within governance circles in this country, in the wake of the Global Witness debacle. The Republic of Liberia deserves better performance from her statesmen and women.