Severe Trouble Creeps As ‘Disbanded Soldiers’ Threaten To Arrest President Sirleaf After Handover

Colonel Wolo Nagbe, head of the group addressing journaliosts

Some group of disbanded soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have again renew their threats against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for what they called her continues refusal to address their plight, including the settlement of their years long salaries obligation and other benefits.

The disbanded soldiers speaking to journalists yesterday said this time they will be serious in the arrest of the Liberian leader at the end of her tenure in January 2018, stressing, “We are tired of the ill-treatment being melted against us by Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, we have mobilized our men around the country for this action,” Colonel Wolo Nagbe, the head of the group speaking to journalists said.

Some Liberians who spoke to our staff after the threat on the Liberian President was made, noted that that if government does not settle scores with the soldiers, there are fear of disturbance during the elections by the former soldiers.

The disbanded soldiers have described President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s failure to compensate their back pay owed them by government as wicked and inhumane for her refusal to reconcile the people of Liberia.

“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 reconcile 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.”

“So let them give us what belong to us, we are calling on all political parties, politicians and all Liberians to join us in our advocacy,” he noted.

However, efforts to contact the offce of the Liberian leader through her presidential press secretary prove unsuccessful.

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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.