The Iron Lady, Cool Under Fire...LITERALLY
By Joe Flomo Matthew
Despite the set back brought by that incident, I today take solace in the manner our dynamic President; THE IRON LADY Madame Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has conducted herself in handling the whole matter. She has remained publicly calm, assuring jittered Liberians that all is well. That is the mark of a great leader, something that has been lacking in Liberia for many years.
Equally, the three West African leaders from Ghana, Sierra-Leone, and Ivory Coast must be congratulated for standing with our President in the time of national disaster.
I am of the opinion that had this incident occurred during leadership of past administrations in Liberia, hundreds could be in jail or even executed before any investigation could commence. For this, I publicly want to congratulate our Grandmother, our mother, our National President, THE IRON LADY MADAME ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF. To you Madam President, you have given us hope, as the song "Give Us Hope, Ma Ellen" suggests.
I know the Executive Mansion very well as I worked there as a young Electrical Technician from February 1979 to November 1984. As a 1978 graduate of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, I had the opportunity to work with the then Chief Electrical Engineer of the Mansion, an Italian named Mr. Flavio Balera. I learned a lot from Mr. Balera to the extent that today, I still have vivid memory of the entire layout of the electrical system in the Mansion. While I do not rule out sabotage, I do have my own theory as to what went wrong. I will keep my theory to myself, as I do not want to confuse an already confused situation.
With God on our side, and with the IRON LADY on the helm, I envision a better Liberia, a better Liberia for all of us...A GLORIOUS LAND OF LIBERTY BY GOD'S COMMAND...
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