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Gongloe sees emerging conflict

–Amid Weah and PYJ verbal attack

By Lincoln G. Peters  

Presidential hopeful and renowned human rights lawyer Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe says verbal attacks between President George Manneh Weah and Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson are early warning signs of conflict.

Speaking Monday, 6 February 2023 on local broadcaster Truth FM, Cllr. Gongloe said he sees early warning signs of conflict if the Liberian Council of Churches and other Liberians do not intervene.

Cllr. Gongloe recommended an intervention in the dispute between President Weah, Liberia’s former international soccer icon-turned-politician, and Senator Johnson, a former warlord-turned Nimba’s political godfather.

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“I am speaking as a human rights lawyer and historian. Maybe our people have forgotten about history,” Cllr. Gongloe said when he began cautioning Liberians on the conflict.

“Senator Johnson has said that there is [a] threat on his life to kill him. I think the government should take this allegation seriously and probe into it and come out with the finding to the public,” he said further. 

The human rights lawyer suggested that Mr. Johnson’s claim should not be pushed under the carpet, and it should not just be taken as a political statement.

He continued that he sees early warning signs of conflict, urging the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) to come in and mitigate this emerging conflict between the two leaders. 

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He noted that the LCC is not supposed to sit down, clap and just let it go. 

He indicated that both Mr. Weah and Mr. Johnson are using the pulpit in the Church which should be used for the message of God, to exchange verbal attacks.

As such, Cllr. Gongloe wants the Council of Churches to get involved.

The Liberian People’s Party (LPP) standard bearer noted that both Mr. Weah and Mr. Johnson have a huge following, and using their pulpit in the manner that they are doing, it needs the intervention of all Liberians.

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).


  1. Mr Gongloe, why wasn’t Prince Johnson investigated when Representative Suakoko alleged her life was being threatened by Prince Johnson when evidence emerged of Prince Johnson’s text messages?

    Are Nimbaians rallying around Prince Johnson for another Thomas Quiwonkpa replay?

    Indeed, Liberia will never revert to the war years!

    Liberia is more than one county, Nimba has a historical stigma of political violence, killings, attempted coups , and the murdering of a sitting president!

    The Liberian conflict did not award a championship trophy for Nimba’s violence against future
    governments, what it did do was to highlight that county was a hotspot source for political violence and all unconstitutionalities!

    The tribal composure at Prince Johnson’s recent press conference is worrisome especially when Prince Johnson had claimed Nimba was under attack because “they were trying to kill me.”

    It’s time that Prince Johnson accounts for his war atrrocities, plain and simple!

    This is the best outcome that will avoid replay of the Doe’s Quiwonkpa events!

    So to speak, Nimba’s payback to the Doe’s regime were betrayal, workplace systematic tribalism, political killings and attempted coups!

    Prince Johnson is leading the same more road!

    Nimbaians.must make the clear choice for a brigther future path that exnorates them from Prince Johmson’s nonsense or they face the wrath of the Liberian people with another sitting south-eastern president!

    Prince Johnson should be behind bars by now!

    Tiawon Gongloe is shameless for his call that priorities Prince Johnson who equally did the same thing to a sitting Representative before Gongloe’s eyes!!

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