It is disturbingly disquieting to note that SPECULATION is becoming a career in our already illiterate and poverty-stricken society.

The preference of hearsay over fact is fast tearing apart our nation and almost all of its strata. It is good to assume sometimes, but it is better to assume with a speck or trace of reality.

False assumptions can lead one to making illogical conclusions and irrational claims. History only rewards those who dig out facts and not falsehood.

For almost a week now, our Party (SUP) has been under extreme criticism and thunderous condemnation by naysayers who are yet to understand the prevailing circumstances and evolving realities at the University of Liberia.

Some of them are even taking advantage of this moment to disdainfully denigrate and defame the flawless political profile and legacy of SUP.

It is too disappointing to hear the voices of pessimists making outlandish comments about this revolutionary institution whose heritage has no trace of betraying or neglecting anyone of its stalwarts.

How can anyone insinuate that SUP has betrayed comrade Alvin C. Wesseh during a time he needs us most? How can wholesalers of falsehood hurriedly conclude that SUP has abandoned its own offspring? This unjust vilification of our party by fifth columnists is unbecoming and it is our utmost duty to checkmate some of these suppositions and misleading notions.

Let it be known today that the Student Unification Party (SUP) has never abandoned any of its kind, and will not abandon comrade Wesseh.

Over four (4) decades now, SUP has maintained its integrity and image by uncompromisingly confronting multiplicity of societal challenges ranging from inequality to injustice. No one dares to dent this overwhelming record. Even as we stand side by side with comrade Alvin C. Wesseh, we will jealously protect it from cynical characters.

Be aware that SUP has condemned the controversial expulsion of brother Wesseh and is employing result-driven measures to arrive at a rational resolution. We believe that in the absence of due process and procedural worthiness, the expulsion of comrade Wesseh or any student for that matter is inapplicable.

Decisions taken by the Central Committee and Politburo of SUP are not driven by speculations, presumptions or assumptions. We know some of you would not have said SUP is dying if its militants had begun protesting immediately brother Wesseh’s expulsion became public.

We are very sure that some of you would have hailed SUPISTS for disrupting normal academic activities and damaging properties as a means of reversing the expulsion of comrade Wesseh. The wisdom of SUP is far beyond your imagination.

Today, some of you are ridiculing our Party out of ignorance, emotion and insensitivity. We cannot blame you for proceeding in such error, but your displeasure and disappointments will soon disappear as a result of ongoing intervention by SUP to ensure brother Wesseh is recalled by authorities of UL.

Has SUP won all of its battles through violence or radical means? The answer is NO. Some critical battles yesterday were even won through diplomacy and negotiation.

If SUP could overturn suspension and expulsion yesterday through appropriate means, it still has similar influence to do same today. No one should boorishly underestimate the capability of SUP to promptly address this situation.

The Party under the dynamic and progressive chairmanship of comrade Jerome D. Dangbuah is working assiduously to find remedy to the unfolding episode. No one likes brother Wesseh more than SUP; as such, we stand against acts of violence that have the inclination to further exacerbate the situation. We plead with all students including non-students to remain calm and civil as SUP proactively engages administration and other stakeholders.

It is too soon to begin creating chaos, disrupting classes and damaging properties. This approach in the wisdom of SUP should be our final resort. All we ask of you (students) as an institution with an unquestionable revolutionary credential is to exercise restraint and remain moderate in your words and deeds.

This mode of preliminary engagement does not in any way imply or amplify that SUP is weak! Let no one misinterpret what the Party thinks is best for comrade Wesseh. The Party has two (2) major strategies or methodologies of resolving compound-complex problems:

1. Diplomacy or Negotiation
2. Compel-compliance

We would like to encourage all of you who are still spreading falsehood and myth about our Party to refrain from such heretical order. SUP has not betrayed or neglected comrade Wesseh as popularly perceived in some quarters.

Naysayers and retailers of lies need to understand that it is only through the intervention of SUP that this expulsion can be reversed. This Party has triumphed over bigger challenges, far beyond expulsion, without relying on public opinion. We have never stood on the side of injustice and we will never, not even now! SUP will responsibly pursue the most appropriate path to engage authorities of UL in bringing this matter to an end.

We are very sure that our conscientious engagement with Administration will yield fruitful result. We have done it before and we can do it again, only if our voices become unanimous.

What is even more disgusting is that ‘SUPISTS’ who should be collaborating with the Party at a singular front to ensure comrade Wesseh returns to school are creating serious hullabaloo in an attempt to score political points and pursue egotistic ambitions.

The interest of comrade Alvin C. Wesseh must exceed our petit differences and selfish agenda; otherwise, we have more to risk. The past has gone and we must take advantage of the present to build a vibrant future of discipline and loyal comrades.

No one is above SUP and no one will ever be. The supremacy of SUP shall forever remain. There will always be internal contradictions, but our determination to remain united even during these perilous times is what matters. SUP can never fight itself!

If SUP can defend the rights of those who are not SUPists, what more about people that are SUPists. As we anticipate the 45th anniversary of the ever potent Vanguard Student Unification Party, it is my fervent hope that stalwarts as well as sympathizers of SUP will begin to reconcile and unite for the common good of the institution.

We are stronger when we are together! It is time for us to begin thinking about what kind of Party will we leave behind for those coming after us. A party of unity or a party of division? A party of discipline or a party of indiscipline? A party of victory or a party of defeat? Let not our generation takes the blame for tearing down the monumental symbol and daring bequest of SUP.

The blood, sweat and tears of martyrs Swanzitt Elliot, Wuo Garpi Tarpia, Tonia Richardson, Wiwi Debbah and other revolutionary ideologues must never go in vain. Our generation must never discontinue this vision, because SUP remains the only hope for the oppressed and underprivileged masses.

We must unite to make our naysayers shame by disqualifying their assertion that SUP is dying. By doing so, we can re-evoke the spirit of eternal courage and endurance to remain on the trajectory of forward-thinking and forward-marching!

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was right when he said “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in a single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.” The Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP) believes that the struggle for the emancipation of the people will be severely hindered if disintegration prevails. As a result of this, we must not disappoint those who depend on us to champion a new Liberia of justice, equality and economic freedom.

By Martin K. N. Kollie

About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, student leader and a young writer. He is currently a student at the University of Liberia reading Economics and a loyal stalwart of the Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP). He can be reached at [email protected]

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