What is the Catch with April 12?
Each year since 1883, Liberian presidents past and present have issued proclamations declaring the Second Friday of April of each year as Fast and Prayer Day, a National Holiday. The date which falls on a Friday this year, coincides with a planned demonstration organizers hope will draw the world’s attention to what they say are a series of issues including nepotism, corruption that are among the many ills plaguing the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led government. Two civil society group’s, Campaigners for Change and the Coalition for the Transformation of Liberia plan to stage a protest march in Monrovia on April 12, in their bid to see a change in the state’s governance system. But historians say organizers may have miscalculated and were perhaps unaware that the day falls on a holiday this year making it highly unlikely that the demonstration may not get the desired impact, organizers hope to achieve.