Brown Nudges Liberians To Eschew Tribalism
MONROVIA, Jan 31 (LINA) - Information Minister Lewis Brown has said government is concerned about echoes emanating from important quarters that suggest the resurging creep of ethnicity in Liberian politics.
He reminded Liberians that history is fraught experiences of how tribalism and religion are the two most divisive instruments around which to organize political ideology or aspiration.
Addressing the regular weekly Information Ministry press briefing Thursday, Minister Brown said the “differences in tribes and religion make us Liberians” and noted that Liberia is the coming together of sixteen ethnic groups.
The Information minister said the notion that a certain tribe does not deserve to be elected President or that it is time for a certain tribe to assume the presidency “is not just wrong” but is “inflammatorily dangerous.”
“It does not take us forward. It carries us backward. It does not forge national interests; it forges narrow interests by which we are to be further divided and marginalized,” Minister Brown asserted.
He stressed that “no tribal identity should qualify anyone for the Presidency over another because the Liberian Presidency actually embodies the aspirations of all tribes.”
“Each tribe is important to Liberia. And yes, the time has come for each tribe to lead. This is why the political space has been expanded and is freer for inclusive participation,” Minister Brown.
He called on Liberians to disabuse their minds of tribalism and urged those seeking public office to persuade the electorate that they deserve leading Liberia by the power of ideas and the content of their character.