At this point, I have to speak my mind.
It was such a shame that Ben Sanvee and a few young individuals, including Ms. Telia Urey, Henry P. Costa, Keff Hassan, Tomalin N. George, and others, were sitting on national TV and practically outlining a blueprint for how President George Manneh Weah could strong-arm the outcomes of the elections.
I am not quite shocked by the involvement of Costa in this process as he has shown himself to be one of the most self-seeking individuals in all of Liberia’s modern political process.
Henry Costa lacks the measure of patriotism required of all those who love their country; he is delusional, debased and deplorable.
Every time that he has been presented with the opportunity of betraying his kinsmen or national interests for self-aggrandizement, Pedro has gladly seized the opportunity.
It is well documented what Henry has said about Cummings, Weah, and Madam Sirleaf over the years. It is therefore not astonishing, what he said in recent times about former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.
Back to Ben Sanvee and Telia Urey: there’s not really much to say about Telia since this is her first nationally telegraphed display of anti-patriotism.
For the most part of her young political life, Telia has carried herself with class and handled these discourses with dignity and reasonableness.
So, my verdict is that Telia got carried away this time and took her father’s side in what appears like a personal hatred by her father towards Ambassador Boakai.
As for Ben Sanvee, I think that he is such a strange and greedy radical. Remember Ben’s behavior after Stanton Witherspoon got in trouble? Remember also that until that period, Ben had acted as though he was such a good friend to Stanton at the time that he was benefitting from Stanton’s investments? But once Stanton got in trouble, Ben literally threw him under the bus.
There are several recorded behavioral patterns from Ben Sanvee that suggest that he is either not patriotic enough, or that his overall political engagement is influenced by greed and love of money.
Ben is not ignorant or illiterate. He is well educated and sufficiently sophisticated. Ben and us belong to the same generation of progressives; and we experienced what happened in Liberia through the war years.
We are therefore supposed to do everything to support a decent democratic process in Liberia (listen to Ben and his colleagues on their 11/16/23 last segment of “Closing Arguments ” and see how they provided a blue print for cheating in those elections).
As for Tomalin George, all I can say is that he embarrassed himself, and the Liberian people will look back and give their verdicts on him.
To everyone else, let us remember, that in spite of the differences in our political persuasions, we owe patriotism to our nation.
We all have moral, ethical and constitutional obligations to conduct ourselves in manners that would help Liberia take its rightful place in the comity of nations, so that future generations can look back at history and be proud of what we did here when we were given the opportunity.
May God bless Liberia.
Foundation for Human Rights Defense International-Liberia