Monday, October 31, 2011

DIASPORA NIMBA CITIZENS REJECT ELLEN JOHNSON- SIRLEAF

Honorable Prince Y. Johnson
Senior Senator
Nimba County
Presidential Candidate

CC: Fellow Liberians and sons and daughters of Nimba:

Dear Honorable Johnson:

I bring you greetings in the name of Honorable Jackson F. Doe, Honorable Steven Daniels, Honorable David Dwanyan, Judge Louise Bellay, General Cooper Teah, General Thomas G. Quawonkpa, Honorable Samuel Dokie, and other distinguished men and women of Nimba and Liberia who were brutally murdered in cold blood at the evil hands of Madam President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf brainchild NPFL I and II in her dogged pursuit of the Liberian presidency.

While many of our leaders were being murdered by their own children under the command of Ellen’s NPFL, she and her elite class members were abroad living in luxury. They being the assassin’s hands and our children and our manipulated senior brothers and parents only as the assassin’s dagger. At the end of the war, we Nimbians and downtrodden Liberian masses were regarded as fools for killing our own leaders. That tragic memory continues to haunt us incessantly.

Yes indeed, this behavior was horribly shameful and disgraceful beyond human comprehension. Nimbians had to deal with the embarrassment for a long period even up to now, some Liberians still regard Nimbians as stupid people who killed their own leaders. Did the NPFL kill any immediate relative of Madam Sirleaf and her cohorts?

During the war, did our Krahn brothers kill their own? Madam Sirleaf and few self-centered Nimbians think the entire people of Nimba are foolish enough to fall prey to their questionable act this time around. During the 2005 elections. Ellen’s UP crafted malicious lies against Liberia’s most Celebrated Football Star, George O. Weah, asserting George had married to the late President Doe’s daughter and that the late General Charles Julu would become his Minister of Defense should he be elected.

The people of Nimba panicked. Many voters in Nimba bought the lies and voted Ellen over George. The man who brought pride to Liberia when Madame President Ellen Sirleaf and her clique had diminished our national image to its lowest level through her war was rejected in order to accommodate Mrs. Sirleaf.

The most disgusting aspects of this evil “divide and conquer scheme” is the use of our own native brothers and sisters against another native citizen. Despite all of George Weah’s accomplishments and what he has done for Liberia, Nimbians in general disowned him and overwhelmingly voted for someone who in fact masterminded the death of our most capable leaders, women, children, and the elderly.

We got to stop this. We got to wake up and think or else we will be holding the empty bag once again. The case of President Doe, Mr. Senator you told the press that you were fooled by Satan to have tortured Doe to death? If your logic is true then, why should you be afraid of people from the south east?

Mr. Senator, as a fellow Nimbian, no amount of money can restore the pride and dignity of Nimba and Liberia as a whole but to deny Madam Sirleaf’s second term and help elect someone who has clean hands. There are many times in life that one is caught between a rock and a hard place but look to the wind and see that change from the status quo, no matter how comfortable, requires fanatical determination, pride and sacrifice for all your people.

It is my humble opinion that people with clean hands have the moral authority to seek pardon for offenders and not the chief architect. Honorable, with all due respect, you have egregiously erred by suggesting that “ President Sirleaf is the lesser of two evils.” Have you forgotten all the charges of corruption, manipulation, nepotism, and mismanagement brought against President Sirleaf during your campaign less than a week ago? Is it only today she is the lesser of two evils? Is this the Honorable Senator and Presidential candidate PYJ or another Satan speaking through him? Please tell us because the people of Nimba have been abused by few selfish individuals for far too long.

Often mischievous mindset like President Sirleaf’s have consistently used influential people from Nimba against the general interests of Nimba and Liberia as a Nation. The case of Taylor and Ellen’s NPFL a classic example.
We know you have been under enormous pressure to support President Sirleaf in addition to your concerns about war crime court and possible prosecution.

But be not deceived that the same Ellen whom you have pledged loyalty to today in exchange for immediate millions and exoneration from the TRC and UN travel band list will dumped you as she did Taylor who is now sitting in prison. You can render your own judgment but I only wish to remind you that whatever we do, history always remains an important guide for all humans.

You may be her Madame Sirleaf’s perceived best friend but be reminded that as we now know, she is highly vindictive and is all too willing and glad to “throw you to the wolves” when it is expedient to do so. You, Kromah and others are not immune moreso once she is reelected because she would have nothing to lose. If you doubt me, ask Charles Taylor and Tom Woewiyu they have had their share of experience.

Recall that during the runoff campaign between CDC and UP in 2005, Madam Sirleaf allegedly made a deal with NPP to delivery Nimba and Bong Counties in exchange for protecting Taylor and undermining any attempt to seek redress against perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

She betrayed NPP and turned over Taylor to the Hague to be prosecuted and today, Taylor is sitting a cage awaiting his fate. In the case of Tom Woewiyu, upon taken office in 2006, President Sirleaf government falsely accused Tom Woewiyu of plotting coup against the government and was subsequently arrested without due process and imprisoned as a way of payback? If you doubted me and others wait and see what awaits you, Senior Brother.

How tragic will it be for us to then say we told you so? Remember you broke away from Ellen and Taylor’s NPFL purportedly because of mischief and thereby prolonging her ambition to become President? Despite the mistakes you and others made, there is still room for redemption and only those with clean hands can help you and your colleagues for the greater sake and good of Liberia.

Honorable Senator, today you may consider yourself as kingmaker but be reminded that you do not speak for all Nimba citizens. It is my fervent hope that you will use the millions Ellen allegedly give you to vigorously campaign to ensure her defeat in Nimba.

By doing so you would have liberated yourself , Nimba and mama Liberia from the dark days of war and finally open a new chapter in the political dispensation of Liberia.

Neither President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf or anyone else can remove you and others from the UN travel band list or the TRC list of worst perpetrators. But based on the merit of your conduct, perhaps victims’ rights groups might possibly campaign for mercy but the notion that once Ellen is reelected she would remove you and others names from the TRC and UN travel band list is a fallacy.

Remember, Justice is patient. Forgiveness is from the hands of the aggrieved, not from a war mastermind, no matter how ultra-connected she may seem to be. We will not rest until justice is served in our beloved country!!!!!!!!!!!!! She may make the life of so many Liberians so utterly unbearable but we know that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cannot eliminate us all.

That is one assurance that we have the utmost confidence in. Time and again, history has proven this out. The idea of justice in Liberia will live long beyond our own existence. With God above, the truth shall prevail and Liberia shall one day be free from this perennial bondage and predicament we find ourselves in.

Wish you the very best of good fortune.
Long live Liberia!!!
Long Live Nimba !!!

Jacob D. Massaquoi,II
Diaspora Nimba Citizens Against the Reelection of President Sirleaf
Approved: Executive Committee

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