LIBERIA’S RULING OPPOSITION: Gloves Finally Come Off As Party In Power Run Amok On President

Monrovia – Not even the celebration of her 79th birthday could spare President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf some scathing verbal attacks from members of her own party, much more the one trumpeting her vice president, Joseph Nyumah Boakai as her likely successor for the Liberian presidency.

For months leading into these elections, it was an open secret that something was amiss between pair, a Harvard-trained economist riding on fanfare of massive women support and a former minister of Agriculture from a vote-rich county, Lofa.

The pair rose to victory, not once but twice – in 2005 and 2011, prompting Sirleaf to declare in a 2015 FrontPageAfrica interview that she and her vice president would leave the seat of the presidency together. “Joe Boakai and I have stuck together. We stuck together for the first term, we’re sticking together again for the second term. We hope that God will give us the second term and he and I will retire together. We will both leave public office and turn it over to the young people and go and rest ourselves. He will be with me right to the end.”

Sirleaf has been often criticized for now doing a lot more to prepare Liberia for life after her presidency. Many of the President’s critics say she could have done more to plan the transition to her likely successor.

So, when the party, at its convention early this year decided to name Boakai as its standard bearer in these elections, it was clear Boakai’s mind was made up, that he would not be sailing in to any sunset with Sirleaf, at least if he had his way.

Exhaustive Elections

But that was yesterday. Today, the dynamics are a bit off, the first round of the elections are over and the results are in: Football legend-turned Senator George Manneh Weah topped the field of 20 candidates with 38.4% while the ruling party’s Joseph Boakai finished with 28.8%. In third place is Charles Brumskine who is nearly 20% further back on 9.6%, having had only one quarter of Weah’s vote and one third of Boakai’s vote. Rounding up the top five, Senator Prince Y. Johnson of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction, MDR received a total of 127, 666 votes, constituting 8.2 percent, while Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress, ANC obtained a total of 112, 067 votes amounting to 7.2 percent of the total votes cast on October 10, 2017.

These elections have been exhausting, tedious, overwhelming and expensive, the very reason why many political observers initially frowned on the numerous political parties fielding candidates for the presidency.

To break the momentum which the momentum the CDC had enjoyed in the past two elections and the power of the incumbency, the rest of the field of 18 candidates had their work cut out for them: Form a strong coalition or a united front and hope that it is strong enough to knock either Weah or Boakai out of contention and give them a shot at a second-round shootout with either one of the two. The results of the first round show that many of those in the race failed to make the cut, reminiscent of scenes Liberia witnessed in the 1985 elections of the Samuel Doe era, the 1997 elections of the Taylor era and the two terms of the Sirleaf presidency when the opposition failed to come together.

But here they were on Sunday, at least two of them, the All Liberian Party and the Liberty Party, sitting side by side with the ruling Unity Party throwing jabs at the incumbent, and slamming her for overseeing the most fraudulent elections in recent memory, dampening what is supposed to be a genuine transitional process, the first since 1944, when Edwin James Barclay stepped down for William Tubman, although Tubman himself would later cling onto political power for nearly three decades.

The delivery by Wilmot Paye, Chair of the ruling party was scathing, direct and clear, that Sirleaf was directly involved in fixing the elections to favor an opposition party.

In fact, Paye even accused Sirleaf of inviting Election Magistrates to her residence for a meeting, which is unprecedented in election history. “Our respective Political Parties maintain that this act clearly amounted to interference with the electoral process and has no legal basis or justification whatsoever.”

He also accused the President of making direct contact with the head of the National Elections to alter the outcome of the elections. “The president’s conduct was an act of intimidation and inducement, especially since some commissioners of the National Elections Commission had warned Chairman Jerome Kokorya against Election Magistrates meeting President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Those commissioners were correct that because there was no precedent for it anywhere, that meeting was not necessary at all.”

Paye exclaimed that “if the president had any legitimate “concerns” about this year’s elections, she needed to have made those concerns public and not to the magistrates, who are way below the administrative and legal institutional channels. Chairman Kokorya cannot continue to receive instructions from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.”

Ironic Twist for UP

And there were plenty of irony, too as the UP chair called on all Liberians to rise up in order to save Liberia from the shackles of greed, a familiar refrain the opposition have been trumpeting the past twelve years. “We are under no illusion that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has so much to be grateful for: twelve (12) years of quiet and uninterrupted stewardship in spite of the scathing effects of corruption and waste, nepotism, poverty and selective application of justice and the rule of law. After seventeen decades as a sovereign country, this is not what Liberia and its people deserve from a president this privileged.”

Sunday’s scathing rain of attacks on Sirleaf by her own party may have finally unravel a feud that has been building up for months. It was even unclear Sunday whether Boakai had called Sirleaf to wish her happy birthday.

Only a week ago, controversy emerged when both Boakai and Sirleaf quietly expressed outrage over a version of Boakai’s speech he delivered last Monday following his return from briefing with Senegalese President Macky Sall, that found its way on the internet. The speech which was later taken down was different from the version read by Boakai.

Boakai charged: “Contrary to the assumption and expectations since the start of the formal campaign process for the 2017 presidential and representative, neither my campaign nor the Standard Bearer Emeritus – all attempts by me or individual operating upon my instructions to extend a hand of cooperation to the Standard Bearer Emeritus have yielded little or no success. Instead, the Standard Bearer Emeritus is on record for making statements to the international media that, wittingly or unwittingly, have the net effect of detracting from our quest for the presidency.”

Boakai went on to accuse Sirleaf of not supporting the party. “What is even more concerning is not the fact that the Standard Bearer Emeritus is not the fact that the Standard Bearer Emeritus is not supporting us, but we have received disconcerting and credible information from multiple sources even within the opposition political parties that the Standard Bearer Emeritus and individuals close to her and operating under her instructions are in fact giving multiple forms of support to our main opponent in the presidential race, the coalition for democratic change. It is strange and ironic that some of the very individuals whose performances while in government left a bad impression on the minds of the Liberian people would jump ship to the opposition CDC and be urging CDC operatives to hammer the Unity Party for ‘failing the people’

LP Partisan: ‘This is a Mistake’

A week later, the concerns over whether Boakai approved the version that went on line or not is now clear. Multiple sources tell FrontPageAfrica that the vice president has been under pressure for months from factions within his circle to go after the President due to what his aides say, is the lack of support from her for his presidential quest.

Last week, a FrontPageAfrica investigation found that the President has actually been involved in sourcing funding from Morocco, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and other countries for Mr.Boakai’s presidential bid.

The ricochet effect from these elections already appears to be having some implications for not just the ruling party but also the opposition. Although two of twenty parties sat beside the UP during Sunday’s news conference, members of those parties are raising alarm.

“I don’t believe the LP has allowed itself to be on the same mourning bench with this failed UP. This is a mistake. UP is using our hands to take palm nuts from the fire, D. Solomon Fyneah posted on Facebook after Sunday’s news conference.

Maxwell Grigsby, another partisan lamented: “The Unity Party’s solidarity support for the pending lawsuit of the Liberty Party is welcoming but the overnight collaboration is a marriage with a few members of the executive committee and not a popular decision of the Executive of the Liberty Party.

Kla Toomey, Spokesperson for the party explained that although he had some personal reservations about the sudden collaboration, it was the will of the party. “I have some personal reservation but being the party’s spokesperson, we have to flow with it. It will have some negative reactions and some partisans are not in support of it but we just have to take that position.” Click here to continue reading.

 

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Electing George Manneh Oppong Weah as President of Liberia is Like Given a Mad Man a Loaded Gun: 7 Reasons Why Liberians Should not elect Oppong as President of Liberia.

Jacob D. Massaquoi,II, MBA

New York

October 30, 2017

According to Albert Einstein “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

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Background

I believe in given man his flower while he is alive because when he is gone, it’s all history. George Manneh Oppong Weah is one of the world’s greatest football player. During Madam Sirleaf and Charles Taylor’s terror on Liberia, the story of Weah’s football success was the only positive image of Liberia. When Sawyer’s government of National Unity failed to support the Liberian national team Weah, James ‘Salinsa’ Debbah and other Liberian international football stars, stepped in and uplifted Liberia. Thank you, guys!

As the result of Weah’s success in the football field, many youths of my generation idolized him. He became one of the well-respected Liberian citizens both locally and internationally. Given his popularity among Liberians, notably, the youth population, in 2005, political opportunists recruited him to run for president thus, given birth to the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political party.

But, sadly, Oppong’s political records have proven to be a complete nightmare for Liberian war victims. The below seven points provide definitive reasons why given George Manneh Oppong Weah the presidency of Liberia would be like given a madman a loaded gun and foolishly expecting him not to kill you!

The Seven Reasons Why Oppong Should Not Be Elected As President of Liberia

1.Selfish Politician

You can tell a lot about a person by the type of friends they hang out with. Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and Oppong’s unholy political marriage speaks a volume about the nature of person Oppong is. Moreover more, Oppong’s latest political marriage with the notorious killer Prince Johnson is a confirmation that Oppong is not interested in genuine peace, reconciliation, and development in Liberia.

The political marriage of Jewel Howard Taylor, Prince John, and Oppong Weah brings to mind the painful memory of the 1990s and early 2000s. Why Liberian war victims are lobbying the international community and Liberian institutions to ensure accountability for the 14 years terror, Oppong is selfishly building alliances with accused war and economic criminals and the former wife of a convicted war criminal to advance his selfish presidential ambition. If Oppong were to become president, would Liberian war victims ever see justice?

Oppong is an extremely selfish and dangerous political figure who would stop at nothing when it comes to his presidential aspiration. In 2011 when Madam Sirleaf police recklessly opened fire at the CDC headquarters, killed and wounded several CDC supporters during the elections, conscientious Liberians and friends of Liberia including myself, quickly mobilized and staged a protest on 16th St. North West Washington DC adjacent the Liberian embassy, in Washington, DC.

While we were brazing the cold fall wheatear chanting “ down with the criminal enterprise in Liberia,” demanding justice, Oppong, and his political partner at that time, Winston Tubman was wining and dining with Madam Sirleaf in Monrovia under the guise of” smoking the so-called peace pipe” with an ulterior motive.

A few days later after meeting with Madam Sirleaf, Oppong came on the air and announced that he would not participate in the round off elections in the interest of peace and that he would accept the outcome. Oppong did not even have the courtesy to recognize our struggle in support of the poor CDC youths that were brutally gunned down, killed or wounded by Sirleaf untrained police forces. What was most important to Oppong was receiving a bribe and paving his way for the next election. In short, “playing safe!”

For Oppong, those innocent Liberians who idolized him and came out in mass to support him, are just his cash cow. A tool to gain his political prominence in Liberia. How can we trust such a selfish man with the presidency of our beloved country? Is he not going to mortgage our beloved country too? If he cares less about youths killed on his behalf, how about a whole country? Would he not care less about Liberia too?

Ignorant and unwillingness to learn and improve

Throughout his more than 13-year political career, Oppong has consistently proven to be dangerously ignorant of the historical, social, psychological, philosophical and economic complexities of Liberia. For instance, I had the opportunity to briefly meet Oppong in person in building 140 Parkhill Avenue on Staten Island in 2010, together with several of his supporters. When I tried to engage him in an intelligent conversation regarding the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report, he abruptly dismissed the conversation. He told me that the TRC report was a scheme designed by the “Congo people” to punish the native boys. I asked him “ who are the native boys.” He replied, “ our native boys that were fighting their war.” In response, I told him; “ don’t you know that I am from the Dahn ( Gio) ethnic group from Zoe Geh district, Nimba County, where most of Taylor’s notorious National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) so-called special forces come from? I will not be stupid to destroy my brothers. The TRC recommendation is not about punishing native boys, but rather punishing Madam Sirleaf; Sawyer, including all those who patronized the war and has the potential to make future wars on Liberia. Second, for our brothers who choose to commit heinous crimes will equally pay for their crimes as a deterrence to future violence in our beloved country.” One of his aids replied “ so you want to punish all our supporters? The Ambassador is busy now, end of the conversation!”

Oppong’s twisted view of the TRC recommendations is the product of negligence on his part for not making time to study this very crucial historical document. Oppong, like many so-called Liberian intellectuals who are vocally against the implementation of the TRC recommendations, has not fully studied the document. Their only source of information is sound bites from morally bankrupt educated fools like Varney Sherman, the man who was caught on a type shamefully selling Liberian diplomatic credentials to a foreigner. The self-proclaimed legal scholar of Liberia who told TLC Africa, an online Liberian magazine that the “ TRC Report Is Too Ambitious and Irrelevant ” to the peace process.

Wilson Tarpeh, another self-proclaimed economist who served as finance minister during the corrupt Sawyer Government of National Unity (IGNU), which printed millions of Liberian dollars “ liberty” without accountability. If Wilson Tarpeh doubts me, let him and Sawyer tell us how many liberty was printed and circulated on the Liberian market during the IGNU years. I am not referring to rush talking, but a substantive explanation backed by credible invoices from the money printing company. This is an open challenge to Wilson Tarpeh, who I predict would be the finance minister or governor of the national bank of Liberia and Sawyer. I have researched and have the full record of the money printing company.

Oppong’s inherent lack of discipline and unwillingness to learn and cultivate his own opinion on critical historical, national security, and economic issues facing Liberia makes him susceptible to manipulation by political vultures like Wilson Tarpeh and others. This makes Oppong more dangerous to the Presidency of Liberia than a hydrogen bomb.

Permit me to walk you down memory lane, after April 12, 1980, military coup, Stg. Samuel Doe, from the Kahn ethnic group, became head of State and Commander in Chief of the Arm Forces of Liberia, all the so-called Krahn intellectuals who distance themselves from the Krahn native people during the True Whig Party (TWP)’s glorious days, immediately became Krahn overnight and built an impenetrable wall around President Doe.

Heading the parks was John G. Rancy, Pro Tempore of the Senate of Liberia from 1986-1989. Due to President Doe’s intellectual limitation, John G. Rancy wrote a memo to Doe recommending the elimination of Nimbians from the government because he claimed that “the people from Nimba are over-ambitious .” I am a proud, ambitious son of Nimba, from Butuo, does that makes me an evil person? Former President Doe’s submitted to John Rancy’s cheap propaganda, soon, General Thomas G. Quawonkpa would be demoted from the position of Commanding General of the Army to Secretary-General of the People’s Redemption Council(PRC).

Political opportunist Madam Sirleaf and other TWP remanence capitalized on Doe’s limitation, manipulated and illicitly took advantage of Quawonkpa and Nimbians in exile. Consequently, our beloved country was engulfed in 14 years of a senseless bloodbath masterminded by Madam Sirleaf and her cohorts. If Sirleaf and other NPFL patrons object to my scientific analysis and accusation, I challenge them to immediately establish the TRC recommended war crimes court, to provide me an opportunity to legally proof my case, until then, they are common war and economic criminals who deserve be behind bars like Taylor.

Do we want another Doe lackey scenario? Do you want another Doe scenario where Wilson Tarpeh and other political demagogues around Oppong to instruct him to eliminate his critics? A half-educated man is an insured irrational political beast. What does Oppong stand for? What are his positions on the complex issues facing our cherished country today? He runs from debates because of his lack of knowledge and understanding of the complex problems facing our adored nation. How can you have a very serious life and death decision making process without substantive debates over these critical issues? To Oppong supporters, what do you guys take Liberia for? Do you guys think Liberia is garbage that any Dick, Tom, or Harries can pop up and become president like the days of the 1990s? I fundamentally disagree!

Liberians have danced to the rhythm of this cruel music before, and it has left us with a painful memory of great loss and despair.

The Ghost of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Cruelty Hunting Vice President Joseph Boakai’s Candidacy

We must not allow our anti-Sirleaf emotions to deceive us. Although Joseph Boakai has been a devoted member of the criminal regime for 12 years, but by Oppong’s intellectual limitation, lack of understanding about the complexities of issues facing Liberia, his refusal to support the TRC and political marriage to accused war criminals like Prince Johnson, Mrs. Taylor, and Madam Sirleaf makes Oppong more dangerous to our peace and safety than old man Joseph Boakai, who appears to be temperamentally stable and morally sound than Oppong Weah.

Please do not be deceived by the pressure of the moment. Oppong’s willfully collaborated with Sirleaf for 12 unbroken years on the promised that he would succeed Madam Sirleaf as President of Liberia. Therefore, he was strategically ” playing safe.” He did not want to rock the boat! He opposes any protest against the criminal enterprise! This is the fundamental reason why Madam Sirleaf has been reluctant to vigorously support her loyal Vice President. Honestly speaking, Madam Sirleaf thought she was hurting Vice President Joseph Boakai, but considering Madam Sirleaf’s unpopularity with the Liberian society, it turns out to be the greatest gift that she had ever given Joseph Boakai.

3. Oppong Support for the Illegal Arrest, Torture, and Detention of 19 Innocent Grand Gedeh Citizens

When Leymah Gbowee resigned as head of Madam Sirleaf’s so-called Peace Commission in October of 2012 due to our consistent advocacy and pressure in the international arena against corruption and impunity in Liberia, Oppong was appointed as the head of the so-called Peace Commission. One thought Oppong was going to use this opportunity to learn from the experts and solidified the peace. However, instead of consulting with the TRC commissioners and war victim’s advocates, Oppong surrounded himself with the anti-war crime’s court gangs.

Consequently, Oppong traveled around the country feasting and drinking under the guise of peacemaking. How can you address a problem without understanding the cause of the problem? During this period, Madam Sirleaf arrested 19 citizens of Grand Gedeh County, tortured and illegally imprisoned them for several years before trial.

Oppong was again “playing safe” and did nothing. For Grand Gedeh county, Oppong is not your guy! Your friends are those who come to your aid when you are in distress. In 2013, when we were protesting against impunity, corruption and the illegal arrest and detention of our fellow citizens from Grand Gedeh county at the UN in New York, Oppong’s CDC USA officials headed by its Chairman were propagating fake news insinuating that the protest leaders had received bribes from the Sirleaf government to cancel the protest. As God would have it, we made it safely to the protest and had a successful event with maximum impact. The evil deigns to derail our legitimate protest for democratic change was aborted.

Hence, fellow Liberians from Grand Gedeh, please do not allow your anti-Sirleaf sentiments to blind you. Oppong is not your guy, but a covert Sirleaf supporter throughout Sirleaf 12 years of anti-Grand Gedeh citizen’s policy. Please take a deep breath and ask yourself a question, what did Oppong do, when your sons were illegally arrested and tortured? Can someone from Grand Gedeh ask Oppong this crucial question?

Incompetence and unwillingness to learn

Since Oppong’s election as Senior Senator of Montserrado County, can anyone point to a bill that he has written, sponsored and successfully passed into law? Besides the old spider corruption story, what is Oppong’s economic plan for Liberia? Is he waiting on Wilson Tarpeh who secretly printed money along with Sawyer without accountability to design his economic plan? What is Oppong’s plan for the rehabilitation of our wounded veterans? What are his plans for the reconstruction of Liberia? How does Oppong plan to manage our maritime registry? How about youth development? Our education and healthcare system? He has none, reasons for which he runs from debates.

Oppong’s public records as head of the Sirleaf pseudo-Peace Commission, record as Senior Senator of Montserrado, and record as manager of our football team, the Lone Star, show that Oppong lacks the common sense and intellectual latitude to handle these complex problems facing our beloved nation. I am not suggesting that Oppong must know everything, it is not possible for anyone to be an expert in every area, but one of the key characteristics of a leader is a vision. The leader sets the vision, which the followers follow. The technocrats or experts narrow down the vision into a policy document and later technical paper for implementation. Hence, what is Oppong,’s vision for Liberia? If he has one, why is he running form debates? Let us not be fooled by the anti-Sirleaf sentiments and mortgage our beloved country to a dumb child who refuses to learn and reform!

Tyrannical Inclination

During Oppong’s years as manager of our national team, the Lone Star, he was reportedly engaged in practicing petty reprisal against any player who refuses to follow his marching orders. For this reason, a group of former Lone Star players comprising Dionysius Sebwe, Boy Charles, Ezekieh Doe, Papee Sumo, Pewu Bestman, Kelvin Sebwe, Ben Saydee and others dumped Oppong and elected to support Vice President Joseph Boakai over their peer (6). Does this mean that these patriotic Liberian football heroes are jealous or they patriotically choose the supreme interest of Liberia over their selfish economic interest(s)? In my view, these former Lone Star legends are true patriots of Liberia!

Oppong’s tyrannical inclination is reminiscent of Charles Taylor and Samuel Doe. Oppong’s tyrannical inclination is more dangerous to our young democracy than Oldman Boakai, who collaborated with the devil for 12 years. Oppong’s tyrannical inclination would lead us into another brutal civil war because no Liberian is willing to tolerate another tyrant in Liberia. Therefore, fellow Liberians, in the supreme interest of our beloved country, vote VP Boakai, who seems to be more rational and stable than the unstable political hustler.

6 Morally Bankrupt and Unnatural Sexual Inclination

According to J.K. Rowling, “If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

Oppong tends to disrespect his inferiors by sleeping with their spouses. Many of the young players kept their beautiful girlfriends and waves away from his presence. “When he fails to get your girlfriend or wife, he would attempt to mess with you too.” One of the young players told me in 2011. These are some of the reasons; his peers have resounding rejected his candidacy.

It is reported that Oppong is a homosexual. He sleeps with men. Is this morally decaying individual you want to become your president? When Oppong’s homosexuality is challenged, his loyalist often makes cheap excuses such as “ who married a man in Liberia that does not mess with other people.” It sounds like CDC is has been transformed into a gay advocacy movement in Liberia.

Don’t you know that the family is the foundation of every society? How can we trust such a morally bankrupt man with the highest office in our land? Are we stupid? Are we Liberian stupid to elect such a reckless, promiscuous beast with an unnatural sexual tendency to the highest office of the land?

Electing Oppong would be like given him and his gangs a license to transform our school-age girls and boys into prostitutes. If you want your school-age boys and girls to be indoctrinated into homosexuality, then, elect Oppong. If not, deny him the presidency by voting VP Joseph Bookie.

We don’t want such a man to run our country. The culture of homosexuality is foreign to our beloved country; as a culturally conservative society, we must maintain our cultural heritage and values. This is not Hilary Clinton State Department where U.S. aid was tied to gay rights. Even if, Hilary was President, we will resist any attempt by a foreign power to destroy our culture.

Here in the U.S, the culture war is heating up! The fake news media is fighting President Trump because of his position on this critical cultural issues. I am not against the guy and lesbian community; I believe in freedom to choose who to love but, I disagree with the redefinition of marriage for political correctness. If you want to sleep with a beast, please go on and do it in the privacy of your home, but please do not force me to accept your lifestyle. By giving Oppong the presidency, we would be endorsing his foreign homosexual practices. We want to populate our country; the homosexual relationship cannot produce children. It is the easy road to the death of our generation! We must reject Oppong and his homosexual practices.

Oppong Lacks Practical Understanding of the Complexity of Problems Facing Liberia

During each election period in Liberia, we often hear politicians talking about how the incumbents are corrupt and how they would end corruption, but when they are given powers, they steal more than the previous government officials. Consider the salaries of the useless Liberian lawmakers, is it just for Liberian civil servants to make unlivable wages while the do-nothing law markers make an average of $17,000.00 salaries per month, excluding other benefits including housing? Does it not burden your conscience to see our teachers and police officers making on the average of $100 per month, while ministers take home thousands?

Ellen, Sayer ward and the rest of the old order who are currently suppressing our people hypocritically spoke against the same corruption in our society but did nothing about it when given the opportunity to change the deplorable conditions of our people. What makes you think that Oppong Weah who has been benefiting from the same immoral, corrupt system as Senior Senator of Montserrado county is capable of changing the conditions of our people? Does he understand the complexity of the problem?

Based on Oppong Weah’s political and social records, Weah is remotely knowledgeable of the complexities of problems facing our beloved country. Haven had the privilege to fully read and analyze the text on the CDC so-called campaign web page(7) and rigorously studied Oppong’s capricious campaign speeches, I have come to the conclusion that neither the CDC flag bearer George Oppong Weah or the CDC strategist have an understanding of the causes of the cardinal problem facing Liberia. I find CDC to be an association of political hustlers.

To that end, the analysis of the culture of impunity in Liberia demonstrates that the fundamental problem facing Liberia is not based a particular political party or civil society organizations, nor human rights or political activism, but rather a systemic and structural one.

Liberia as a nation has a constitution and government modeled on that of the United States, but unfortunately, successive Liberian leaders have consistently refused to abide by the rule of law and the principles of good governance and democracy. Hence, the cancerous problem facing pre and post-war Liberia is the culture of impunity and the lack of will on the part of previous and present governments to implement needed structural reforms in the general interests of the public.

Liberia is a nation of paradox, unlike the United States where there are a check and balance system to ensure accountability on the part of all citizens irrespective of social and political persuasions, Liberia has none. Although 99% of Liberian past and present leaders are products of some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, i.e., Harvard University, they willfully refused to uphold ethical and judicious practices, and implement ethical business principles according to industry standards.

George Oppong Weah has proven herself a fraud who has built a long and troubling political career on falsehood, moral corruption, homosexuality, and pedophilia. This troublesome pattern was developed for gaining the Liberian presidency while at the same time riding on the football legend fame. Consequently, the question of accountability for the horrific Liberian civil war must not be taken lightly. If Liberia is to move forward, Oppong’s allies like his prospective Vice President Jewel Cianeh Howard Taylor, Prince Johnson, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and others indicted by the TRC report(8), must account for their role in the demise of Liberia and the current economic crimes taken place in Liberia.

If Oppong is a wise man who professed to be innocent of war crimes, then, why is he in a political marriage with people who have been indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by a statutory body (9)? Don’t he think that the TRC recommendations will be implemented as part of the full implementation of the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement(10)? OH! Oppong Weah has a problem with reading; perhaps he has not even read the first page of the document.

Conclusion

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it..” Albert Einstein.

Since 2005, I have fought in the tranches against Madam Sirleaf UP party policies. I am a veteran of this war. I have sustained many wounds on the battlefield and survived. I don’t believe in the cowardice tendency of “playing safe.” I express myself as it is. I do not believe in political correctness. As a result, I have crossed path with many of the “play safe” activists.

I survived the July 1990 St. Peter Lutheran Church massacre with a slight bullet injury to my head; I was short several times below my right knee in October of 1994, I survived the April 6, 1996 mayhem on Monrovia. As a result of the severe injury to my leg, I am currently living with excruciating pain on a daily basis. And whenever I feel the tingling in my leg, I am reminded of my mission here. I believe God preserved my soul to become the voice of the voiceless, the voice of the Liberian war victims who have been suppressed for many years by people like Oppong and Madam Sirleaf.

As a war survival, the question of accountability for the destruction of Liberia is my calling. I believe, Liberia cannot move forward, until true peace and reconciliation are restored. True peace and reconciliation can be accomplished in the absence of accountability. That is the reason for which the 2003 comprehensive peace accord demanded accountability to serve as deterrence.

Characters like Oppong, Prince Johnson, and others who destroyed and pillaged our country will continue to run the affairs of Liberia while Liberian war victims await eagerly for justice. The surest way to obtaining sustainable peace and development in Liberia is the full implementation of the 2003 peace accord.

Fellow Liberians, Oppong, candidacy for president is a curse and not a blessing to Liberia. If we make the same mistake of 1997; “ you killed my ma, you killed my pa, I will vote for you,” we will have ourselves to be blamed? Vote VP Boakia over this massive insanity called, Oppong!

I understand the ghost of Madam Sirleaf legacy is hunting VP Boakai, but remember, Oppong is no good either. “The true measure of a man is what he would do if he knew he would never be caught,” Lord Kelvin.

Given the above analysis, the election is a secret ballot, but remember as you cast your vote, that given George Manneh Oppong Weah the Presidency of Liberia is Like Given a Mad Man a Loaded Gun and expect him not to kill you. The Character of Oppong is not the example we wish for our children! God bless Liberia!

About the Author

Jacob D. Massaquoi, II is a Liberian war victim, an author, geopolitical analyst and human rights, defender. He is the founder of Concerned Liberians Against Corruption and Impunity (CLACI), the organization that organizes consisted protest against Madam Sirleaf regime’s policies each year at the UN during the UN General Assembly since 2013. He has a new book entitled; “ Fake News: Walking in the Shoes of White America.” He is a doctoral candidate in computer science with a concentration in cybersecurity.

VOTE FOR CULTURE PRESERVATION

If traditional family value culture preservationist around the world don’t stand up to the gay and LGBTQ community tyranny for fear of losing their jobs or status in society, our traditional family value would be decimated very soon. This is one of the fundamental reasons for which crooked Hillary lost the US presidential elections to Honorable President Trump. I am proud to be a part of the process that put a break to this evil in its tracks! Do you remember when Hilary tried to tie U.S. Aid to Africa to the acceptance of Gay marriage? She had no idea how humiliating we felt! It is a crime to practice polygamy in America so, why the pseudo-liberals and the deep state think that they can impose their homosexual culture on us? Thank God for President Trump, the crazy anti-family laws will be reversed gradually. The Fake Russia Trump Campaign collusion investigation will end up in the air.

Folks, we are at war? We are in the last stage of a brutal cultural warfare against a 1% minority with a very loud megaphone and an enormous amount of money. They use the fake news media and financial influence to intimidate the majority. They want to brainwash our children to believe that people are born gay. They want to redefine God’s sacred institution of marriage. They want to destroy the very foundation of our society, which is the family. They want to depopulate the earth so that artificial intelligence machine can take over the lives of the brainwashed society. The shocking victory of President Trump is the demonstration of the anger of the silent majority. We are sick and tired of this tyranny under the guise of human rights and democracy.

I am not suggesting violent towards to the Gay and LGBTQ community, I have many gay friends, they would tell you that I respect them. I honestly respect their choice, but I do not agree with the false doctrine, that people are born day. It is a satanic philosophy. Don’t buy it, folks! To become gay is a choice and not genetic! It is a matter of pure choice. Don’t be deceived, brothers and sisters! As a human rights advocate, I respect the choice of others. I also want the gay and LGBTQ community to respect my traditional value. Human rights is a two-way street and not a one-way train. The LGBTQ community tyrannical one-way human rights train must be stopped in its tracks now like their godmother Crooked Hilary before it overruns all of us. Vote for the preservation of our traditional family value! Reject George Weah and Madam Taylor! A preview of my new book– Fake News….. watch out!

 

A Call for the Creation of A Special War Crimes Court on Liberia

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I really don’t understand the logic of Liberians who refuses to support the full implementation of the 2003 Comprehensive  Peace Accord (CPA) vis-à-vis the TRC recommendations, which calls for the creation of war crimes court to finally end the culture of impunity in Liberia and yet, the same ULAA sycophants are warning against any violent protest today? Oh! What a gang of spineless morally bankrupt men and women. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned( Proverbs 6:27, KJV)? If ULAA and its client organizations had joined forces with pro-TRC implementation campaigners, we would not be talking about violence today. However, these spineless men and women willfully elected to use ULAA for photo up with the head of the criminal enterprise who masterminded the destruction of our beloved country.

If ULAA and its client organizations had joined forces with pro-TRC implementation campaigners, we would not be talking about violence today. However, these spineless men and women willfully elected to use ULAA for photo up with the head of the criminal enterprise who masterminded the destruction of our beloved country.

Fellow Liberians, this is not a rocket science, neither a calculus or defending the derivatives and integrals of functions, but a common sense logic. If you have many children, the eldest child misbehaves and walks away with impunity, soon, the rest of the children will follow the same pattern until you’re established a strong punishment regime as deterrence. In the case of Liberia, look at the current social and political landscape of Liberia, who is in control?

Obviously, the same people who masterminded the horrendous destruction of our beloved country and their foot soldiers have been in command of the means of production and distribution of goods and services in Liberia for the past 27 years. Sadly, both my generation and children born during this period saw only one thing; the rise of extremely evil men and women to political and economic powers in Liberia. Hence, the obvious message is “ violence is the answer! Therefore, how can you practically change the minds of the future leaders of Liberia while perpetrators enjoy the fruit of their crimes?

If Liberia is to revert to war, history will not be kind to those who have selfishly been promoting the crazy policy of appeasement in Liberia. Does Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have the moral latitude to tell Weah or any disgruntled politician not to use violence as a means of obtaining political power in Liberia? Ellen did it and recklessly ruled Liberia like her personal business enterprise for 12 years. Anyone can do the same with impunity. Is this the type of nation we want to build? Is this the type of nation we want to leave with our children? Is this the type of nation that you are proud of? I am not!

Thank God Hillary Clinton and Fake News did not win the 2016 U.S. presidential election, or else, the Liberian war victims dream of holding perpetrators and their patrons like Ellen Johnson Sirleaf accountable for the destruction of our beloved country would have remained in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained. If Liberia is to revert to the days of the 90s, the Liberian Council of Churches, ULAAA, the Liberian  Islamic organizations,  and all the so-called Liberian politicians and organizations that have been in bed with the criminal enterprise will be held accountable. History will not be kind to you folks!

Irrespective of your ethnic, religious or political persuasion, it is time to rally the international community for the establishment of an internationally backed special war crime’s court on Liberia. Fellow Liberians, the court will provide an opportunity for alleged perpetrators and their patrons to legally litigate their innocence. The court will also provide an opportunity for victims to legally channel their grievances unambiguously.

To this end, I am passionately urging all Liberians to demand the winning party to prioritize the full implementation of the TRC recommendations as it was done in neighboring Sierra Leone. This is the surest guarantee for sustainable peace, security, and development in Liberia. Please do not be fooled by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s deceitful political rhetoric that she kept the peace. Sirleaf did not keep the peace for 12 years but rather created the foundation for further violence. Evidentially, the current threat of war in Liberia is the classic example. On the contrary,  it was the presence of the UN peace-keeping force that created the atmosphere of peace and security in Liberia over the last 12 years.

I hope we can see logic and put the interest of Liberia above our personal short-term political and economic interest(s) and support the full implementation of the Liberian TRC recommendations. God blessed Liberia! Amen.

 

 

 

The Fake News Deception

 

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Liberia’s former President Charles Taylor is currently serving a 50-year sentence for war crimes in a prison in the British city of Durham. But is he using that as a base to interfere in the elections in his homeland next Tuesday? “If he was to come back today, I’d roll out the red carpet,” said Justin Luther Cassell, a 32-year-old man sitting outside the Pray for Peace Business Centre in Gbartala, central Liberia.

For many years, the Cartel of international fake news media has been purposefully marketing news stories designed to masked the main perpetrators of injustice in Liberia.

Let’s set the historical record straight! Liberian war victims did not get justice. Neither Taylor, nor Sirleaf, or their foot soldiers were prosecuted for the heinous crimes perpetrated against Liberians. From Liberia war victim’s perspective, the prosecution, and convention of Charles Taylor were a scheme designed to protect the fake news media “darling girl” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It is no secret that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the chief patron of the NPFL horror in Liberia. For those who differ, I challenge you to an intellectual debate!

Instead of supporting the implementation of the Liberia TRC recommendations as it was done in Sierra Leone, Tony Blair and Hillary Clinton illicitly used their powers and influence to deny Liberian war victims justice. The Taylor trial was the biggest travesty of justice in modern times. I am not suggesting that Tayor and Ellen’s  NPFL did not commit heinous crimes. Off course, the  NPFL committed some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity in modern African history. The NPFL was aided and abetted by some African leaders, including Blaise Compaore and other multinational corporations like Firestone and others. Why those leaders and the Multinational corporations which aided and abetted the NPFL terror in Liberia, and the sub-region were not arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the NPFL heartless crimes? Can anyone from the international and local fake news cartel answer my question?

The Taylor conviction was a grotesque charade engineered to masquerade in the image of justice on the international stage. Unfortunately, this disgusting insult to the intelligence of Liberian war victims has turned Taylor and other Liberian war criminals into a national Hero in Liberia. The case of General Prince Johnson, a notorious killer is widely celebrated by his kinsmen from Nimba county as a hero. What a disgrace in the face of justice? Where is justice? Liberian war victims alive and those deceased are still crying for justice!

President Trump’s shocking victory over Hilary Clinton was a divine intervention on behalf of Liberian victims and the people of Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, etc. God, answered the prayers of the innocent souls of these people who have been killed as the result of Secretary and Senator Clinton’s hawkish and deceptive foreign policies. Some of us have been forced to live in exile for decades as the result of Hilary Clinton’s attempt to shield her “buddy,” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from prosecution in Liberia. But, through the intervention of God, the table turned on November 6, 2016, when an unpolished political novice defeated the most powerful, well-funded and well organized political machine in the American political history. If Secretary Hilary Clinton had won and becomes the president of the most powerful country on mother earth, the dream of justice for Liberian war victims will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained.

Some of us have been forced to live in exile for decades as the result of Hilary Clinton’s attempt to shield her “buddy,” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from prosecution in Liberia. But, through the divine intervention of God Almighty, the table turned on November 6, 2016, when an unpolished political novice defeated the most powerful, well-funded and well organized political machine in the American political history. If Secretary Hilary Clinton had won and becomes the president of the most powerful country on mother earth, the dream of justice for Liberian war victims will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained.

Make no mistake, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her cohorts which masterminded the destruction of our beloved country will not escape justice. President Trump, please hear our cry! We need your compassionate intervention!

Liberian war victims will demand the release and return of Taylor to Liberia in the custody of the proposed internationally backed special war crimes’ court on Liberia so that he and his boss; Sirleaf can have an opportunity to legally account for the destruction of Liberia. Off course, the ICC must compensate Taylor for the injustice that he has suffered over the last decades. Many sitting and past African leaders, including Multinationals like Fire Stone, aided and abetted Taylor, why they have not been prosecuted for aiding and abetting the horror in Liberia? Is it because Taylor was a political threat to their “darling girl” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf? Liberian war victims demand real justice and not geopolitical shenanigan!

A piece from my new book, titled “Fake News: Unmasking the Liberal Media Queen of Africa.” Watch out for the release date!  

 

 

 

 

 

The Fudemental Problem Facing Liberia

 

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 2017 Liberian President Election Candidates, Courtesy of Frontpage Africa 

The 2017 Liberian presidential candidate’s campaign rhetoric has been below the pedigree of sound intellectualism. This cheap anti-corruption rhetoric demonstrates the gross lack of practical knowledge and understanding of the fundamental problem facing Liberia on the part of the so-called new liberators of Liberia. The same-old anti-corruption rhetoric is identical to that of Amos C. Sawyer, Henry Boimah Fahnbulleh, and all the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf crony clowns which are currently exploiting and denying Liberian war victims justice in Liberia.

Fellow Liberians and friends of Liberia, please don’t be deceived by those political vampires. A comprehensive scientific, philosophic and historical analysis of the current difficulties facing Liberia shows that the fundamental problem facing Liberia is not caused by a distinct political party or civil-society organizations, nor human rights abuses or political activism. Nor a specific ethnic group, neither  Congo people or corruption, but rather, a systemic and structural problem buried in the veneer of an inherent culture of impunity, which is married to the soul of political patronage tendencies.

Liberia is a nation that has a constitution and government modeled on that of the United States, but unfortunately, successive Liberian leaders have consistently refused to abide by the rule of law and the principles of good governance and democracy.

Hence, the cancerous problem facing pre and post-war Liberia is the culture of impunity and the grotesque lack of willingness on the part of previous and present Liberian governments to implement needed structural and systemic reforms in the general welfare of the state.

Liberia is a nation of paradox, unlike the United States where there are a check and balance system to ensure accountability on the part of all citizens irrespective of social and political persuasions, Liberia has none. Although 99% of past and present Liberian leaders are products of some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, i.e. Harvard University, they willfully refused to uphold principled and judicious practices, and implement moral business principles according to industry standards.

The current dangerous political playing field in Liberia is the direct product of Madam Sirleaf, and her crony’s game designed to plunge Liberia into the state of turmoil in order to avoid accounting for the brutal 14 years NPFL carnage and the ongoing economic crimes by members of the Sirleaf clan.

A piece from my new book titled “ Fake News: Unmasking the Liberal Media Queen of Africa. Release date coming soon.