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Saturday, July 20, 2024

FORMER GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL BASHES ARMY CHIEF

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Former Liberian Ambassador to the International Maritime Organization, Issac Jackson, has said that  instead of the “dog whistle of intimidation”, AFL chief Major General, Prince Johnson, against Liberians who want to rally,  the military must  encourage its Commander-in-Chief President George Weah to stop his “Reckless, and irresponsible behavior that leads to the needless suffering of the Liberian people.’

He said: ” Imagine, looting millions of US dollars from the Liberian Treasury to facilitate a prolonged happy-go-luckily trip – accompanied by scores of personal friends and administrative staff – to watch the World Cup football games in Qatar? Meanwhile, most of our people are suffering from a lack of basic needs – food included.”

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Liberia’s army chief Major General Prince C. Johnson, III

He wrote that the Military is NOT above the law-the Constitution of Liberia guarantees freedom of assembly.

The former deputy information minister points out that “If you get drunk on Weah’s instruction, and harm or massacre peaceful protesters, you and all others involved will be held criminally liable.”

In a Commentary released today, he said: “We are constrained to sound this warning loudly because, history recalls many instances where military officers, reacting to instructions of despotic presidents, have destroyed the lives and livelihoods of thousands of well-meaning, decent, and patriotic citizens.”

Put simply, scores of societies across the globe have witnessed military units transforming themselves into death squads to please presidents – carrying out mass murders and destructions, he added.

Atty. Jackson said ‘We saw this in Doe’s Liberia when members of the opposition community were chased down and murdered in cold blood. With our partners, especially American investment in training our military personnel, we did not expect the re-echo of such a souring song from a Major General who trained on US taxpayers’ money.”

Honestly, continued, “we think it is unwise to prematurely drag the military into an evolving national political discourse. This viewpoint is important, bearing in mind that military personnel swears oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution, not an administration or a political party. The military cannot serve as an enabler of the economic injustice being heartlessly perpetrated and visited upon the suffering people of our country by President Weah.”

He concluded: “Once more, Mr. Chief of Staff, we are warning you because we will NOT surrender our rights to peaceful assembly.”

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