Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, a key political ally of President George Manneh Weah, has strongly suggested a need to take Mr. Weah back to the Nigerian spiritual leader, Prophet T.B. Joshua for spiritual consultation on whether the President should seek a second term in 2023.
Prophet T.B. Joshua is founder and head of the Church of All Nations based in Lagos, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Prior to the presidential election in 2017, Senator Johnson took Mr. Weah to Prophet Joshua for prayers and prophesies about his (Weah’s) chances of winning the presidency. Mr. Weah won the runoff election against former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai of the ex-ruling Unity Party.
PYJ took the decision after he gave his support to Mr. Weah in the runoff presidential election, and subsequently led him to Nimba to campaign. Nimba County has the second highest number of registered voters next to Montserrado.
Delivering a sermon during worship on Sunday, 27 December at his church in Paynesville, Sen. PYJ, also an evangelist, said taking Weah to the Nigerian spiritual leader for the second time is necessary to establish whether President Weah still enjoys God’s grace and blessing to govern Liberia after his first term in 2023.
“To many disappearances in the country; three auditors were killed and their bodies rushed to the mortuary in what was attributed to nature cause”, he lamented.
His comments are in response to the mysterious deaths in Monrovia of three staff of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the executive director of the Internal Auditing Agency (IAA) Emmanuel B. Nyenswa, respectively in October, 2020.
Referring to a story in the Holy Bible about the Syrian general Naama, who suffered leprosy and his aide took him to Prophet Elijah for healing, Sen. PYJ noted that General Naama refused to go and duck in River Jordan seven times, as instructed by the prophet to be healed, on grounds that the river was dirty.
He said but General Naama’s aide advised him to obey Prophet Elijah, which he eventually did, and was healed of leprosy.
Speaking on the subject “Who advises you?” he said President Weah is surrounded by a team of advisors, but the country is heading in the wrong direction, exacerbated by economic hardship.
The government is unable to regularize salary payment for civil servants amid acute shortage of cash in commercial banks across the country, leading operators to restrict daily withdrawal by customers.
According to PYJ, when the President surrounds himself with bad advisors, he wound not see actual problems that lie ahead of him or listen to sincere pieces of advice thereby, he will keep making mistakes.
Sen. PYJ led the defunct rebels Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPF) that captured and killed President Samuel Kanyon Doe in September 1990 within the Freeport of Monrovia on Bushrod Island.
He is one of key actors from the Liberia Civil War recommended for prosecution by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for heinous crimes committed during the 14-year crisis.
However, the former rebel leader vehemently opposes calls for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court for Liberia, arguing that he along with other former warlords enjoys immunity. Story by Jonathan Browne