Recent pronouncement by officials of the former members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) that they will forcefully capture one of the army barracks if the Liberian Government insists in paying them their severance pay seems to worry many Liberians who feels threatened of such statement.
Speaking on a local radio station in Monrovia early this week, the spokesman of the former soldiers of the AFL, Captain Jerry Kollie in a rather fearless statement said the Liberian Government’s failure to pay them their severance pay will compare the over ’20,000’ ex-soldiers to forcefully move on of military barracks in demand of their pay.
Captain Kollie in his defiant statement boastfully said the Liberian Government should not take them (Ex-soldiers) for joke, noting, “We have well trained men and women who are ready to die for a cause, we cannot be taken for granted. Since this Government has deliberately refused to settle us we will have no other means but to fight for our rights,” Captain Kollie noted.
Some Liberians who spoke to our reporter criticized the statement from the former AFL soldiers, stressing that Liberians who have gone through years of bloody and senseless civil war are not prepared to go back into those dark days that led to the killing of hundreds of innocent people.
“Why should these guys pray for another round of war, we have suffered for too long, and are not ready to go back again in this ugly situation. What we should be talking about is to see how this country will forge ahead in development,” Nathaniel Brown, a student of the University of Liberia speaking to this news outlet stressed.
Several others Liberians also condemned the statement of the former AFL soldiers, noting that they should desist, and crave for peace instead of calling for another war where Liberia once again will move backward instead of forward.
There has been no official statement from the Liberian Government on the threat being issued by the former soldiers.