|VIOLENCE MUST NOT BE THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS|
|Published on August 30, 2006||Email To Friend Print Version
Recently, students at the University of Liberia, UL, went on the rampage in a further effort to push their demand for the resignation or dismissal of UL Prexy, Al Hassan Conteh.
The UL administration unjustifiably increased the registration fee by extra L$1,000.00, something the students see as unrealistic, due to the current economic situation prevailing in the country.
In their protest action, the students barricaded the main campus of the university, brutalized a local journalist, destroyed his equipments and prevented vehicles from entering or leaving the campus.
What of interest is that some of the campus based student movements have disassociated themselves from this violent protest by their colleagues, something which pundits said, is uncharacteristic of campus based student politics, especially at the University of Liberia and indicates the lack of popularity of the student’s violent strategy.
As genuine as the student’s grievances may be, one must note with the keen sense of sincerity and patriotic responsibility that their action to barricade the UL campus and destroyed the equipments of an innocent journalist who had gone in honor of the noble cause of his profession, is counter productive to the fabrics and moral tenets of the very democratic principles which have characterized student political advocacy at the UL over the years.
The students have serious and legitimate concerns, but we are compared by an urgent sense of sincerity and unbiased discretion to admit that they have lost track in their approach of searching for relevant solutions to this problem of significant national interest and paraded on outdated dogmatisms of violent student militancy.
As our nation tries to decide a new and prosperous path at the crossroad of national uncertainty, we at the independent INFORMER NEWSPAPER want to join millions of our compatriots in the registration of our disappointment and opposition over the reckless use of violent methods in resolving issues. Never Must We As A Nation And People Accept Violence As The Answer To Our National Problems.