Based on our objective understanding of the political history of this space we occupy, we choose to regard as heroes and heroines men and women who out of unselfish drives have played pivotal roles in the socioeconomic and political development of our country.
Our conscious effort to decorate brothers and sisters who have laid their lives on the line in defense of the motherland is not influenced by the depth of their pockets or their tribal or religious extractions. Conscientiously, we elect to do so because of the man or the woman’s history of service to humanity especially in the genre of the struggle for political and economic emancipation in Liberia. We are not the first stratum of individuals to be conscious of this honest act of a patriotic citizen. The people of South Africa regard Robert Sobukwe , Walter Sisulu, Oliver Thambu, Nelson Mandela, Ruth First, Winnie Mandela, Steve Bantu Beko, the students who died in the June 16, 1976 Soweto Massacre, etc. as men and women who bear the insignia of South Africa’s liberation. Such prestige and honor were never bestowed on the aforementioned courageous and honest patriots because they owned and controlled the means of production (land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship) in South Africa. The politically conscious people of South Africa celebrate Sobukwe, Mandiba, First, Thambu, Sisulu, Mbeki, Beko, etc. because they were principled and selfless militants and cadres in the struggle for a non-racial South Africa. They were men and women who left their beautiful families, relatively huge salaries, and went at the barricade to confront the tyranny of apartheid with the aims of ending racial segregation, black’s political isolation, and the economic disparity that persecuted black South Africans. Besides the South African story, contemporary political analysis is replete with examples of people appreciating and honoring characters who have contributed to the revolutionary advancement of man and his environment. In Ghana, the people hail Osagefo Dr.Kwame Nkrumah because he altruistically struggled alongside the people and gave Ghana its political Independence from British Colonial Rule in 1957. Even today, the people of Africa regard Nkrumah as a revolutionary icon because of his dream of a United Africa which was paralyzed by the imperialist forces. In Singapore, the Singaporeans hail Lee Kuan Yew for being the chief architect of the Asian nation’s political and economic viability. In just a single generation, LKY as he was casually referred to helped transformed Singapore from a third world country to a first world nation and Singapore today is part of the Asian Economic Miracle. Abraham Lincoln, Patrick Henry, George Washington, etc. are the heroes of the United States of America because the Americans recognize them as so. Their role played in the formation of the greatest country on planet earth is impeccable and as such they are highly celebrated. Mao Tse-tung, is regarded by not only the Chinese, but also the entirety of mankind as the revolutionary leader of China. Chairman Mao can be credited for providing the foundation for a nation that presently has the best economy globally as per Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). For authentication of this statistics, you are hereby referred to the International Monetary Fund’s October 21st, 2016 World Economic Outlook. The understanding we have had overtime relative to the consciousness of a people to recognize, celebrate, and hail as heroes and heroines, men and women who have contributed immensely to the advancement of humanity has provided us the impetus to celebrate, and distinguish Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr. as our hero. He remains our mentor, our leader, our teacher, and our Mwalimu. Some brothers may say: this man doesn’t lavish people with money like other people do around here, so why celebrate him? Some may say he doesn’t own a big plantation, corporation or a company that employs people, so why regard him as one who is contributing to the forward march of civilization? All we can say is that, your prerequisites of naming heroes and heroines fall far below the belt of any intellectual scrutiny. Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr. is and remains a public servant. He runs with the understanding that a public servant doesn’t serve the public for the purpose of wealth accumulation and profit maximization. HB as he is informally called by his students has always told people that a public servant must always place the general good of the community above his/her personal egoistic desires. So throughout his life, he has committed himself to serving humanity with diligence, resilience, and honesty. He had not been obsessed with the accretion of affluence. If we wanted to be a wealthy man, he would have mined the private sector. In the 1970s, HB returned from the U.S. as a young man with a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy. But he said a degree or educational credential is immaterial and useless if it is not put at the service of the people. He could have chosen to work in a top government ministry or agency in the True Whig Party Oligarchy, for he had family members and friends in such political establishment. But with the horrible and appalling objective economic and political condition of the masses of Liberians at the time, he preferred teaching at the University of Liberia and also joining forces with the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA) to struggle for the “Changing of the Liberian Society in the Context of the African Revolution”. He became part of a group of people we refer to in our political history as “the progressive forces”. He and his comrades at MOJA politically educated the masses of the people throughout the dugouts in Liberia. They struggled for political and economic rights and freedom which were denied the vast majority of Liberians. Their struggle was revolutionary, and had it been achieved in its entirety, the masses of the people would have been regarded as the chief architects of their economic and political destinies as was the case with the Cuban, Chinese and American Revolutions. Unfortunately, their struggle which was a revolutionary one was stalled by the Military Coup of 1980. Within the People Redemption Council (military government), he served as Minister of Education, and also as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1980- 1983. He resigned from the junta in 1983 as Minister of Foreign Affairs. This was due to the leader of the military regime refusal to consult him (HB) as Minister of Foreign Affairs before restoring diplomatic ties with Israel, after all O.A.U member states agreed to diplomatically divorce Israel due to its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory. When he resigned, he went into exile and continued to expose the callousness and barbarity of the Doe’s regime which had been penetrated by crooks and ruffians from the old order (TWP). No one, absolutely no one can assert here that Dr. HBF plundered funds at any of the Ministries he headed under the military junta which was headed by Master Sergeant Samuel K. Doe. No one can even chest beat about HB being involved with the syphoning of state’s resources when he served as Special Presidential Envoy during the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU) which was headed by Dr. Amos Sawyer. Even as the present National Security Advisor of Liberia, Dr. Fahnbulleh continues to exorcise the tendency of placing the self above the interest of the state and its honor. For this no one can investigate and conclude that he is a stooge of the owners and controllers of the country’s means of production. Unlike some elements we are aware of in the status quo, HB is not a minion of the Indians and Lebanese merchants who are strangulating our local entrepreneurs. As National Security Advisor, a position he dedicates in honor of the state which remains a permanent entity, Liberia has been able to achieve thirteen years of unbroken relative peace. So he argues that to strengthen security and make this peace genuine, the economic wellbeing of the masses of Liberians must be prioritized. This is because true and unpretentious peace and security cannot be guaranteed in the midst of mass poverty. Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr., a character that has “The blood of a patriot running through his veins”. To just borrow and paraphrase a line from one of his many political writings, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh commits his service to humanity not for personal paybacks but because he believes in a higher calling for the honor and glory of the fatherland. It is only a chap who has been brainwashed by the revisionist version of the political history of Liberia will gamble to whitewash the revolutionary and ideological credential of a nationalist whose involvement in our political past and present can be equated to a heroic sacrifice. Apart from HB’s participation in the struggle for political and economic freedom in Africa and Liberia, his impeccable and untainted record in public service, he possesses thoughts and teachings that have the penchant to transform this long term backward Liberian society. I advise you to flip the pages of his book “Across the Landscape” and read “The Changing Liberian Society in the Context of the African Revolution”. It is a 1978 speech which was delivered to students in Nimba County. In that speech, Dr. Fahnbulleh outlined more than twenty (20) policy prescriptions that have the capacity to politically and economically leapfrog this space we consider as a nation. Dr. HBF continues to remain closed to the hearts of many young people. Each time he elects to have a conversation with young and junior comrades, inspiration, consciousness building, instilling of intelligence and principles, etc. become the hallmark of the interaction. Dr. Fahnbulleh, this patriot par excellence, despite his strategic role in government continues to caution the present generation never to give up the fight for social justice. He always urges them to continue being at the barricade confronting social contradictions in all its form and manner until final victory is attained at the advantage of the masses of our people. That is why he remains our hero. He remains our leader; he remains our teacher. Mwalimu Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, love and respect always!!!!