In spite of recent statement from the Embassy of the United States near Monrovia to Liberian officials to desist from divisive politics and inciting unlawful acts, Nimba County controversial Senator Prince Yormie Johnson threatens the people of Nimba that anyone of them that would join protesters on June 7 will feel the weight of government.
He claims the impending 07 June protest is intended to get President Weah out of office, but protest organizers have clarified their planned assembly is to demand reforms, not to call for the resignation of the President.
On Monday this week [06 May] the Embassy of the United States said those who promote through their words or deeds a Congo-Country divide do not have Liberia’s best interests or that of their constituents at heart, but rather appear motivated by personal ambitions or fears.
The embassy’s statement specifically notes, “It is unacceptable for Senator Prince Y. Johnson, Representative Yekeh Kolubah, “ex-generals” or other former actors in Liberia’s civil wars to incite unlawful acts through ill-considered rhetoric that could jeopardize Liberia’s hard-won peace and security.”
It continues that it is equally irresponsible for people within leadership positions in government or the ruling party to promote such division as suspended Deputy Minister Eugene Fahngon has done on social media, adding, “To take such a public stance and suggest it is a private opinion or a personal right reflects a misunderstanding of the nature of public service in a democracy.
President Weah immediately suspended Deputy Minister Fahngon indefinitely following the statement and subsequently directed that hence, all official statements be channeled thru the Ministry of Information, for purpose of coordination.
However, Senator Johnson warns fellow kinsmen that any attempt by them to fire gun in the county, the government of President Weah is well equipped with arms and they [Nimbaians] will feel the pain.
According to him, some would-be protesters have informed him [Prince Johnson] that they will make the Weah administration ungovernable and its officials will flee.
Speaking in Nimba during the recent National Convention of the opposition Alternative National Congress [ANC] party held in Ganta, Nimba County, he warns that if there were any act of destabilization, the government will react fully.
Sen. PYJ, founder of the disbanded Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia [INPFL] rebels and leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction [MDR] party threatens sternly that anyone seen protesting in the streets against the government will feel pain from government, disclosing that armed men are already waiting to respond.
He did not say whether those armed men are state security or non-state actors. But recently, a group of “ex-generals” hosted a news conference in Monrovia and threatened to forcibly arrest Montserrado County District#10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah for criticizing President Weah.
The former rebel leader reminds his kinsmen that he fought for the county during the 14 years civil war and does not want Nimbaians to be killed like in the past. By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne