Source: GrahdGedeh Association MN
Phone: (856) 438-6431
President Johnson-Sirleaf has stated that her days of aligning herself with warlords of the like of Prince Johnson ended many years ago when her ties with Charles Taylor was severed. Prince Johnson is a notorious warlord around the world who has gone on record to account for his inhumane acts of evil in the 14 years of the Liberian civil war that destroyed Liberia and caused the loss of thousands of precious Liberian lives, including the life of my father Dr. Samuel K. Doe. It is a well-known fact that my father was brutally tortured, mutilated and killed on tape by Prince Johnson for the world to see. I like many Liberians around the world have forgiven and is focus on healing, peace and reconciliation. However, it is very unfair for the Liberian people to once again be reminded of the evil deeds of Prince Johnson in light of his recent “popularity” as the “kingmaker” in the Liberian elections. Wounds that were beginning to heal after 21 years are now wide open once again.
Liberians and non-Liberians all around the world have been in constant discussion of the criminal deeds of Prince Johnson. A huge surge of graphic images of his killings are circulating the web once again. I am afraid that the mentality of the Liberian people is shifting backwards instead of healing and moving forward in unity. The memories of the atrocities committed by Prince Johnson are overshadowing the importance of this historic moment in our nation’s history. Unfortunately, it is not just Prince Johnson’s past that concerns me. I am deeply concerned by his actions as of late. In a recent interview on Monday October 17th, 2011 with Liberian newspaper The Daily Observer, Prince Johnson’s comments of the tribal affiliation of the political party CDC caused deep concern in me.
“But in the CDC camp there is no one there from Nimba. Those within the CDC are all Grand Gedeans and Southeasterners. I raise the issue many times to Cllr. Tubman, but they have failed to address that. They are not reconciliatory.” Every informed Liberian is quite aware of the historic strained relationship between the two tribal groups of people mentioned by Prince Johnson. It is a known fact that the conflict between the Krahn tribe (Grand Gedeans) and the Gio tribe (Nimbaians) has proven to cause the senseless loss of many lives in the 14 years of civil war.
I found his statement to potentially once again incite violence between the two groups and may break this election down to being about the Krahn and Gio tribes. What these two tribes need is healing and reconciliation and not the incitement of conflict from a pot stirrer. The Liberian people need and deserve is a peaceful, free, fair and transparent election with a victorious candidate that will lead us into the next peaceful chapter of Liberia’s history.
I am appealing to President Johnson- Sirleaf. I believe if lack of action or no action taken publicly on her part to reject Prince Johnson’s endorsement, it may prove to be detrimental to the peace and reconciliation process in Liberia. President Johnson-Sirleaf must say no to all things and individuals associated with violence. As a newly crowned Laureate Peace Prize Winner, not only are Liberians watching the likes of who President Johnson-Sirleaf is associated with, so is the world. Anything and anyone that may jeopardize the fragile state of peace in Liberia should not be accepted.
Madame President, as a young Liberian woman who loves her country and has committed myself to help promote peace and unity in Liberia, I am looking to you as the leader of our great nation to always set the example of what a peaceful Liberian citizen is. I urge you Madame President; please show us that you mean what you say, that peace is what you stand for. Publicly reject Prince Johnson’s presidential endorsement.
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