We can say without fear of contradiction that there is no African, indeed no person in the entire world, who does not admire and respect Nelson Mandela.Note that we did not say Mandela of South Africa. Who does not know that? Nobody! The man made such a name for himself that everybody knows who he was—and still is – because he left such a unique and lasting legacy that he will be, like Abraham Lincoln, like Jesus, remembered forever. As we have said in past Editorials, Mandela was the one world politician that came closest to Jesus. Why? Because he forgave his enemies—the racist South African whites who subjugated, oppressed and killed thousands of Mandela’s people and imprisoned him for 27 years! When he was finally released from prison and went on, as leader of the African National Congress (ANC), to win a landslide victory in the 1994 elections, Mandela embraced his enemies and made one of them, F.W. De Klerk, co-President of South Africa! That act alone, plus his decades of suffering for his people’s liberation, catapulted Mandela into political, even spiritual sainthood. For that is what Christ came and died for—that people would love and forgive one another, even their enemies.So how and why did Mills Jones put Mandela’s admirers to shame? Simply because many of them, as soon as they got the opportunity, forgot and departed from all Mandela stood for, and started using power in the same old way politicians the world over do—to divide and rule, oppress and exclude others—for one reason only: to be selfish, self-serving, to divide people.That seems to be what that so-called “Code of Conduct” law, which the Legislature recently passed, sought to do—to exclude certain people, many speculate only ONE man, from seeking political office. Why? Because the Legislators—and those who think like them—chose selfishness, envy, retribution and fear of competition over fair play, justice and patriotism.Here is how Governor Jones put these people to shame: in his Address at Stella Maris Polytechnic’s 16th Commencement Convocation exercises at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium last Friday, he mentioned Nelson Mandela—the man who had EVERY REASON to avenge his enemies who had so long and so ruthlessly oppressed his people and himself. On the contrary, just as Jesus commanded, Mandela turned the other cheek and, realizing that they were now powerless to do him any harm, he invited them to join him and the ANC in power sharing. In that one act alone he established and secured South Africa’s peace.In his own role as CBL Governor, Mills Jones has reached out to thousands of poor people throughout the country by giving them economic power through microfinance and lifting them out of poverty.It is most unfortunate that our legislators and others have chosen the path of envy and retribution—the paths that decisively design and illustrate how NOT to develop a country.This newspaper has often asked: How is it ever possible for any country to be developed on envy and retribution? Yet that is the path that so many of our past leaders chose—and this has gotten us where we are, at the bottom of the development ladder. Tubman denied the people freedom of expression and turned them into a nation of sheep. However, following his death, the same people, forgetting their own role in despotism started criticizing and blaming Tubman for Liberia’s underdevelopment.Tolbert, on the other hand, tolerated dissent, but he did not listen to the dissenting voices. In April 1979, for example, Albert Porte advised President Tolbert to “let the people march—it is their constitutional right.” Mr. Porte also suggested that Tolbert “keep the security in the background.” But Tolbert and his Justice Minister, Oliver Bright, rejected that advice and turned the police upon the innocent marchers, killing some of them. This led to pandemonium, and the rest is history.Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor went further than Tubman in vigorously resisting free expression. They ruled Liberia with iron fists and murdered thousands of innocent people, including children. In so doing, they destroyed Liberia in the same way the murderous Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin, respectively, destroyed Germany and Uganda.No—envy and retribution can never build Liberia—or any other country. Only Mandela’s love, forgiveness and constructive engagement can set the stage for peace, progress and economic and social advancement. In order for himself to emulate Mandela, Mills Jones needs now to begin constructive engagement with his adversaries, for it takes every hand to the plough to build and develop the beloved country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Shock Nani swoop – Shock reports have emerged from Turkish news agency DHA, who have claimed Mourinho wants to bring his compatriot Nani back to Old Trafford. The Portuguese has a £6.3m release clause but United are unwilling to pay that for the 29-year-old, who left Old Trafford for Fenerbahce in July 2015. 5 United join the race for Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Manchester United have made enquiries for Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mkhitaryan, according to the Daily Mail. The Armenian is thought to be available for £25m after refusing to sign a new contract, but the Red Devils face competition with Arsenal and Juventus considered favourites for his signature. 5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing will have to wait – Manchester United may have to wait for Sweden to be eliminated from Euro 2016 before they sign Ibrahimovic. The Times report that Sweden boss Erik Hamren has told his star man to delay his transfer to Old Trafford and focus on the national team instead. 5 David De Gea not joining Real Madrid – Manchester United fans can breathe a sigh of relief this summer, according to Spanish outlet Marca, who say that Real Madrid are no longer interested in signing goalkeeper De Gea. The Spaniard was the focus of a summer-long transfer saga last year but Zinedine Zidane is happy with current number one Keylor Navas. 5 Matteo Darmian involved in Paul Pogba switch – click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – The Sun are reporting that United will use Italian right back Darmian as a makeweight as they try to lure Pogba back to Old Trafford. Juventus have enquired about Darmians availability while the Red Devils are believed to have had a £60m bid for Pogba rejected last week. 5 Jose Mourinho sealed his first signing as Manchester United manager with Ivorian Eric Bailly joining the club on Wednesday.The defender signed for around £30m from Villarreal as Mourinho aims to strengthen his defence ahead of his first campaign at Old Trafford.And expect there to be plenty more to follow the 22-year-old as the Red Devils try and build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.Among Mourinho’s priorities are a striker and a midfielder, while he also assesses the current crop of players at the club.Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest Manchester United transfer rumours.