The National Chairman of the Liberia National Union or LINU says gangsters alias Zogoes are serious time bomb here that nobody should underestimate.
Mr. Nathaniel Blama warns when he was honored by the Liberia Baptist Youth at the Baptist Seminary in lower Margibi County over the weekend that the number of zogoes in the streets are growing by the day and if nothing were done to monitor them, they could be used by bad politicians despite for national powers to cause chaos.
He notes that the process of Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of ex-fighters in 2003 was not done properly.
He explains the United Nations and the Liberian government were successful in disarming and rehabilitation ex-combatants, but failed the demobilization and reintegration phase of the program thereby, leaving ex-combatants in the streets and they are now creating fear and terrors against peaceful citizens, a situation he says that may get worse.
According to him, it should the priority of national government to properly rehabilitate the young people who have gone badly due to the 14 years of civil wars.
“As I speak, the zogoes still retain their war names, the one that served as commander is still being called commander or general. For the fact that they’re retaining those names and ranks it speaks volumes that nobody should overlook. Our concern now should be how to bring our young people in the society. My brothers and sisters, if the government and church cannot change and rehabilitate them, they are time bomb that can be used and now is the time to help, not to wait until things go out of hand,” warns the LINU Chair.
Commenting on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent statement in the United States about new generation of leadership, Blama notes that the President was taken out of contest, adding that President Johnson Sirleaf’s statement was directed at oldest African Presidents, including Robert Mugabe, among others and not anyone who succeeds her.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne