Disbanded Soldiers Threaten To Disrupt Transition Of Power In 2018

Col. Wolo Nagbe, head of the disbanded AFL soldiers (PX: FPA)

Dozens of ex-soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have publicly threatened President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to disrupt her transition of power if her Government fails to settle the over US$25 million her Government owes members of the disbanded soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia.

Addressing a news conference, the head of the Col. Wolo Nagbe said the ex-soldiers are resolute in their bid as trained soldiers to disrupt the handling over power of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in January 2018; a time set for the handling over power to the newly elected President of Liberia.

“This woman is treacherous, we will prevent her from handling over power or even leave this Country if she fails to settle our benefits in the amount US$25 million; we are prepared to do so,” executive of the disbanded soldiers told journalists angrily as many of his supporters at the news conference applaud his statement.

This threat from the disbanded soldiers has created fears in most Liberians who monitored the press conference called by the disbanded soldiers, wondering as to what will happen during the pending elections come October 10, 2017.

Many Liberians who called in on a local radio station, the OKAY FM, condemned the disbanded AFL soldiers on their recent threat to disrupt the peaceful transition of the Liberian leader, warning them to abandon such action.

Colonel Wolo Nagbe said the former soldiers are prepared for any action that will make them get their money owed them by the government.

He described president Sirleaf as wicked and refused to reconcile the people of Liberia.

He noted that president Sirleaf has also failed to reconcile the newly trained soldiers of the Army and the former soldiers of the AFL.

“I will tell you one thing, the commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a bad woman, she’s a wicked woman, and she’s a woman who doesn’t forgive, she cannot reconcile her people, has it being so, she would have reconciled the old soldiers and the new soldiers, you plait new mat on the old mat, she so wicked and bad, she a woman who doesn’t consider anybody, she does things in her own wisdom,” he noted.

He said the disbanded Soldiers are not treated fairly,”we are not being treated fairly by this government, the president and the government of Liberia don’t want pay us our money, we are calling on all of the Ambassadors, EU mission here and UNMIL to prevailed on the president and her people for our money,” he pleaded.

He said if government does not give their benefits the former soldiers will disgrace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for their money.

“If she feels that because her tenure is about to finish so she will not give our money, then she lie, because we will disgrace her for our money, we want peace but we want our money,” he said.

He also called on all political parties and politicians to join in the advocacy for the ex-soldiers to receive their money, “If this government do not give us the permission to talk to our men, we fear nobody but to do wrong.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.