-PYJ Challenges Those Calling For His Prosecution
By Reuben Sei Waylaun
Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson alias ‘PYJ’ has thrown open challenge to those calling for his prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity to catch him if they are brave enough to do so.
Speaking on Radio Kergheamahn in Ganta, Nimba County on Friday October 26, 2018, the Nimba lawmaker said convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor was rewarded with the Liberian presidency, same done to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for sponsoring the civil war, but they are not hunted.
“I must let them know that war crimes court will never come because there is an amnesty granting us of whatever we are allegedly accused of doing, we have a pardon, and nobody will go after me. If you come to arrest me, I will fight you because the same crimes you accusing me of, Taylor committed the same crimes and you compensated him to become president of Liberia. You compensated Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with the presidency for twelve years,” he recounted.
He said “when the lightning flashes and the thunder rolls, you cover your own head.”
The former warlord of the defunct Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) however warned that if the Amnesty law which grants all participants in the Liberian civil war between 1990 and 2003 is ignored and other impose their will on the Liberian people, there will be crisis and everyone will regret.
“If you want to disregard the amnesty law and impose your will on us, then you will have a crisis and you will regret. Go grab Alhaji Kromah, all the mandingo people will rise up, George Boley, all the Krahn people will rise up. You wouldn’t even catch me because the resistance you will find from the young guys will be maximum, uncontrollable and ungovernable.”
“Those talking, it’s good you talking so we can know you so the day trouble comes here, which we don’t pray for, your homes will be visited first,” he warned.
Senator Johnson defended his decision to fight during the brutal civil war saying “Nimbaians we know, we were under seize, our county was under seize by the Samuel Doe regime. We have audio report, we have video report where you see Nimbaians were killed in their county. We have those reports. We remembered those bitter days, fateful days when Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe couldn’t use his name Tiawan Gongloe, because wherever Nimba names were used in Monrovia, you were kicked out of your homes, you will see bodies one side, heads one side. Where was Tiawan Gongloe that time? Even my son Samuel Kogar, who talking about War crimes court; he ran away and he was in Kpiaplay in the Ivory Coast dividing Bulgar wheat. We stood and many of our comrades are dead today.”
“Those of us that live, is that the honor we received from you people? We paved the way for you young boys to grow up to know the history and tell your children never again to go back to those ugly pasts,” he added.