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We demand responsible leadership in Nimba

The current words of war between two senior officials of Nimba County over which tribes wield political power in the county is not just absurd, but absolutely irresponsible.

Regrettably, a very influential elder of Nimba, Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, is the mastermind behind what could well be described as a creeping tribal feud in the county.

The controversial senator publicly singled out members of the Gio and Mano tribes as real owners of Nimba, while referring to three other ethnic groups – Krahn, Mandingo and Gbei in the county as visitors.

But Nimba County Superintendent David Dorr Cooper, sharply rebukes Senator Johnson, who prides himself as god-father of Nimba politics. Superintendent Cooper counters that Nimba belongs to all five tribes namely; Gio, Mando, Krahn, Mandingo and Gbei, rallying them to join his administration to develop the county.

Besides, ordinary citizens from the county have vehemently condemned the rebel general-turned politician for his utterance, which they described as not only divisive, but counter-productive.

We join the dissenting voices of the many peace-loving people of Nimba in condemning attempt by Senator Johnson, who owns a church and mounts the pulpit each Sunday to preach the Holy Bible to divide God’s children.

Tribal politics is not only selfish and myopic, but counter-productive to reconciliation, peace, unity and development, particularly in Nimba County. In this 21st century, it is highly uncouth for anyone, who considers himself a true leader, to thrive on tribal sentiments.

It is also disappointing that, Senator Johnson, said to be a born again Christian, baptized in the Holy Ghost and an ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, would contradict Christ by spreading hate messages rather than love.

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Saint John 3:16 says “For God so loved the World that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Throughout his mission on earth, Jesus Christ preached peace, love and unity, the central theme of his teaching.

So then where is the senator-preacher coming from with this divisive posture that certain groups of tribes own Nimba than other tribes in the county? This is not a mark of responsible leadership.

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