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Thursday, June 20, 2024

GUEST EDITORIAL: CHIEF OF STAFF, GEN. PRINCE JOHNSON BLUNDERED!

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A Patriot’s Diary

The nation is panting! Our people are hopeless! The government has become a failure. There’s no reason to imagine likely respite that a tomorrow would be better. This is not the making of the people. The people, through their actions, elected a government consistent with the spirit of democratic tendencies.

They vested all powers in the governors to better their conditions and create an enabling environment to thrive for the greater good.

A retinue of promises made to change the lives of people has come to naught. Social, cultural, and economic uncertainties remain rife. The government’s motto – “Change for Hope” is a disaster. Poverty is inundating the nation. Joblessness is the order of the day. Rising crimes are lynching the already impoverished population.

History of suffering people reckoning better days seems far from being changed. Not even the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) that came to power at the expense of the masses is able to deliver an ounce of what was promised. Such is the politics of clamor. It has become the politics of raising hopes and expectations. In the end, nothing is delivered. The votes of the masses become dismembered and cocooned in betrayal.

Corruption is rampant! The once hunger-stricken are today the newfound super-rich in a land where a dollar a day cannot meet the survival question. Shame on a country founded by freed slaves that should have been dedicated to liberty, freedom, accountability, and the rule of law.

Mysterious deaths continue to hunt the government. Senior government auditors have been murdered under questionable circumstances. Police investigations have yielded absolutely nothing. A presidential bodyguard was allegedly killed while the president was making a nationwide tour. Families of the gruesomely murdered continue to be consumed by grief. They are tired of waiting for justice. The government is tight-lipped!

On the heels of occasioning hardship and unpardonable misrule, some political actors have planned a rally slated for December 17′ dubbed: “We Tiyah suffering…” It is the right of the people to peacefully assemble to express through protest their grievances to the government they elected. It is no crime whatsoever to freely and peaceably protest.

Whatever the understanding, misunderstanding, or interpretation – Liberia’s Army chief of Staff, Prince Johnson went overboard. Perhaps Gen. Johnson does not know or understand the role of the army. The army is to refrain from civil action that is neither politically compromised nor socially threatened whatsoever.

The actors in the civil discharge of law enforcement duties have not made any representation to the army for assistance. So, Gen. Johnson’s recent statement was not only misplaced but a disgrace to the investment made by our foreign partners in preparing, training, equipping, mentoring, and exposure. Real Generals trained in the science and art of warfare are equipped with the skills to discern and make informed decisions.

Gen. Prince Johnson, Liberia’s army Chief of Staff blundered and must apologize! The most intelligent are never fast at talking. Wisdom allows a smart General to listen more and be the last or slow to speak. An emotional army General cannot win a war but would be poised to fall prey to unnecessary casualties. If a soldier must be a gentleman, it has to come with professionalism, wisdom, wit, and experience.

 

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  1. Many Liberians, unfortunately, still yearn for spillage of their nation!

    The body politics of a military coup is as dangerous as the years of bloodletting!

    General Johnson is a true patriot! He refused to inflame his nation through the military!
    There are big hidden hands, Washington is on another maneurverability. The Americans are seeking another Thomas Quiwonkpa or another Charles Taylor that could not be found in General Prince Johnson!
    How ridiculous Ambassador Mccarthy might have become when the coup didnt happem?
    Reactionary soundbikes including “the Patriot Diary” are Americans CIA hidden hands to bring on a constitutional crisis that benefit themselves.

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