Open Letter to President Sirleaf
From Alston C. Armah
Dear Madam President:
I thank you and your government for stepping up efforts to contain and eradicate the Ebola virus that has hit our country so severely. So far, your recent efforts seem to be yielding some very good results, although much is left to be desired. I guess you will agree with your fellow citizens who hold the view that the Ebola virus would not have hit us so hard if the government had been proactive enough!
I join the group of Liberians who vehemently disagree with you on your communication seeking legislative backing to restrict certain inalienable rights guaranteed by our constitution. You have made many overtures, but this is one too many! This is no politics. It is liberty or servitude! Among other things, you are requesting endorsement for restriction of movement and freedom of expression. Were your request to be granted, categorical and vague as it is, the Legislature would be giving you possession of a boundless field of power that is no longer susceptible to any constitutional restraint or public scrutiny. No, Madam President!
Patrick Henry would say, “Give me liberty or give me death.” If the government is running out of options, it must not add misery to the injury already sustained by the Liberian people.
Alston C. Armah
LBS Community, Paynesville