Senator Prince Y. Johnson, leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction or MDR is warning that a popular uprising is imminent in Liberia if nothing were done to urgently address vices that contributed to the bloody civil war here.
Senator Johnson, leader of the erstwhile notorious Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia or INPFL rebels that captured and slain the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe in the early 1990s, named corruption, discrimination, deplorable health and education systems, coupled with destruction of peaceful citizens’ properties, amongst others ills of the Unity Party-led government.
Speaking at the official opening of collaboration talks among 15 opposition political parties over the weekend in in Ganta City, Nimba County, he said citizens could revert to an uprising against the State if marginalization persisted in the country.
According to him, corruption continues to eat the fabrics of the nation headed by Nobel Laurent and first female president in Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He said it ponders him that politicians, including himself, that sponsored and executed the 14 years of civil unrest under the canopy of fighting rampant corruption, nepotism and other ugly vices are now at the helm of power, but these malpractices still exist in the corridors of the state.
PYJ, chief organizer of the collaboration talk aimed at ousting the ruling Unity Party at the ballot box in 2017, indicated that Liberians are tired with poor economic system introduced by the UP-led government and done-care attitude shown to the citizens.
He said though the sound of the guns is no more, the “arbitrary demolition” of citizens’ homes and corruption continues to exist in Liberia. Senator Johnson said many Liberians are disenchanted over the manner and form in which their homes have been demolished by the government, warning that another uprising may erupt if nothing were done to address the situation.
Also speaking at the event, the leader of the opposition All Liberian Party, Benoni Urey said the government has become so terrifying that even the media has become a target as demonstrated by illegal closure of media institutions.
He noted that the only option left with the Liberian people is to democratically retire the Unity Party-led government in the 2017 elections. Commenting on the collaboration effort, Urey pointed out that opposition political parties should seriously consider coalition or merger as the best option in order to put forward a strong force that will see Vice President Joseph NyumahBoakai and his ruling UP out.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor