Opinion

What do Sirleaf and these people have in common?

Answer: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has used them all and came out “clean.”  

MY TURN–––If I told you that Senator Prince Johnson reached to Vice President Joseph Boakai to say he may switch his support from George Weah to endorse Vice President Boakai before the November 7 scheduled runoff elections, you will say this is all crazy talk. But yes, indeed, Prince Johnson reportedly called Mr. Boakai just yesterday and said if the George Weah-Jewel Taylor-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cartel doesn’t give him the other half of the $2 million promised him then he will withdraw his endorsement of Weah.

My confidential and reliable sources told me that the Weah-Taylor-Sirleaf cartel told Mr. Johnson he will get the balance money after Weah is elected president to which Mr. Johnson then reportedly threatened to endorse Mr. Boakai.

In a related development, the chiefs, elders, women and prominent Nimbaians have all denounced Mr. Johnson’s endorsement of Weah, and said, he was enriching himself at the expense of the Nimba people. Nimba women took to the streets across their county Friday to denounce Senator Johnson.  Besides, they vowed to vote for Vice President Boakai.

In yet another related development, the President of neighboring Sierra Leone, H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma decided to break his silence on the Liberian elections. President Koroma reportedly said: “Liberia is a disgrace to the Mano River Union.” President Koroma vented his fury this week after the Muslim Friday Prayers. He said:

“Charles Taylor and Prince Johnson shouldn’t be given any undeserved attention in any normal environment. I am surprised to see these two men being glorified in this (Liberian) electoral process. I observed Liberians have a love for killers,” he said.

President Koroma added: “In my country, all those who killed our people including their close friends were all kicked out of public offices. But Liberia is such a country that cannot be predicted. We are tired of living in fear. Liberia is a disgrace to the MRU. Liberians behave sometimes like children playing under moonlight,” said the Sierra Leonean leader.

Meanwhile, Washington D.C., the European Union, the United Nations and ECOWAS are all discussing the probability of canceling or postponing the Liberian elections until President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf leaves office in January 2018. They say her government cannot be trusted to conduct free, fair and transparent elections.

It will then mean that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, and Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay will not head the government but rather the President Pro Temp Armah Yallah will serve as acting Head of State.

Also, credible information reaching our authoritative and informative Liberian African News Service (LANS) from Liberia has it that thousands of ballots in favor of Mr. Joseph Boakai from the October 10 elections were discovered in trash bags in Grand Gedeh County and are now being brought to Monrovia by the Liberian Police.

George Weah needs to be very careful in his alliance with this un-compassionate and very dangerous Ellen Johnson Sirleaf woman. Taylor is in prison, Prince Johnson is allegedly wanted for war crimes, but the chief mastermind of Liberia’s destruction, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, bought a “Nobel Peace Prize,” using the Liberian people money. No one hates Weah, but we all dislike his new partners and main collaborators: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Robert A. Sirleaf. Weah’s newly established association with them creates room for the lack of confidence in him.  You cannot fool us to say this woman and her son were bad just yesterday and today you are in bed with them.  How can you, Weah, soon to forget all the talk and promises about these people when you ran against Robert Sirleaf and his mother in the Montserrado County’s senatorial race with our support and advocacy. Weah’s association and the new relationship is a ticket to give these people a free pass for all the wicked things and public theft they have committed in Liberia.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Liberia is expected to rule before November 7 in the case filed by Liberty Party presidential candidate Charles Walter Brumskine, alleging massive fraud in the October 10 elections.

Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission chairman Jerome Korkoya says the NEC will conduct a rerun of the elections if the Supreme Court to order.

Either my son Robert Sirleaf gets his way and what he wants (political power), or no Liberia – President Sirleaf’s main goal

the Alternative National Congress (ANC) presidential candidate Alex Cummings reportedly met with ECOWAS leaders who urged him to endorse Mr. Joseph Boakai.

In addition to George Weah’s promise to “protect” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her family and cronies from prosecution, Ellen’s other motivation in supporting George Weah are to win the Mo Ibrahim award of $5 million initially, and $200,000.00 every year.

Ellen’s other fear is that a President Joseph Boakai will untangle her corrupt deeds and send her to the International War Crimes Court for her confessed role in funding the Liberian civil war that killed 250, 000 Liberians.  More to that, the US Government has laws that prevent people from using registered non-profit organization in their country to raise funds to destabilize our nations.  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and others used the so-called Association for Constitutional Democracy in Liberia (ACDL) as a registered nonprofit in the U.S. to raise funds to organize and support both the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) rebel groups in Liberia.  The NPFL was the parent organization of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel group in Sierra Leone.

Unlike Liberia that cherishes Charles Taylor, Sierra Leone does not.  Taylor is currently in prison in the UK for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone.  Prince Johnson needs to join Charles Taylor. The people of Nimba are smart, intelligent and nice.  Prince Johnson is not a true reflection of the goodness from Nimba County. Therefore, Nimba County should not be reduced to the whims and caprices of Senator Johnson. As the learned Counselor and one of Africa’s renowned human rights lawyer, Tiawon Gongloe puts it: “Nimba vote is not for sale.

President Koroma has it right in saying Liberians love “killers.”  Even Weah of all people, a celebrated soccer star, surprised some of us.  It is therefore not surprising to see Weah being supported by warmongers: Charles Taylor, his wife Jewel, and Taylor’s National Patriotic Party, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and now warlord Prince Johnson.

Weah is caught up in Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s tricks.  That woman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has never and does not do anything for nothing, or in the interest of anyone. She has and will always take down all those she has formed alliances with.

The list of people she led to their early graves and others like Taylor she fooled and put in deep trouble is long.  If Weah claims to love Liberia and that he understands the struggles of the Liberian people, he should first and foremost ask Robert Sirleaf where he got all those millions of dollars from to bribe Prince Johnson in a country with such poverty.  Twelve years ago, Robert Sirleaf and his male “special friends” or ‘love ones’ were struggling to pay their mortgage. Today, they can dish millions of dollars out.

Weah needs to be careful.  His association with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf might not be a good thing for him. Weah does not need Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  You cannot claim to be an opposition party for 12 years and out of the blue, you have turned into the chief regime collaborator.  Everyone stomach pains to hear Weah betraying them, saying he will protect a woman who caused so much problem for our country and people.  This is a huge betrayal from a man we had the greatest respect and love for over the years.  If Weah can betray the Liberian people at this early stage, what will he do when he becomes president of Liberia? This is the one million question that deserves answers.

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Jerry Wehtee Wion

Jerry Wehtee Wion is a veteran Liberian journalist and political commentator. His work experience includes serving as a former radio announcer and sports journalist for the ELWA radio in Liberia, press commentator to the Liberian presidency (1980- 1981), and as a staffer with the Associated Press in New York. He is currently based in Washington, DC and runs an informative call-in Liberian news hotline known as LANSNews.
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