Liberia: The Prince Johnson’s Prophesy, A Message from God or Self Gratification?

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Sen. Johnson: “The 2023 election will be rigged. Prophetically speaking, I’m a man of God, it’s not something I’m saying bad about this government. I’m saying it is going to be rigged – by this government, to remain in power and that will bring the government and the civilian into a confrontation.” 

THE NIMBA COUNTY SENATOR, Mr. Prince Yormie Johnson, last weekend following a tour of his US$5.5 million PYJ Polytechnic University in Gompa City, Nimba County, told the nation that he has received a direct message from God concerning things that are likely to happen in the country in 2023.

THE SENATOR, a former warlord now an “Evangelist” or a “Man of God,” prophesied that in the coming General Presidential and Legislative Elections in 2023, the government and President George Manneh Weah will rig those elections in their favor and it will spell doom for Liberia. 

“THE 2023 ELECTION, it will be rigged. Prophetically speaking, I’m a man of God, it’s not something I’m saying bad about this government. I’m saying it is going to be rigged – by this government, to remain in power and that will bring the government and the civilian into confrontation.” 

SINCE, BECAUSE the Senator still wants to have power in his hands not necessarily to be there for his constituent but to still have his influence, he disclosed that based on what he had seen in his vision, he won’t contest for the presidency like in the previous three presidential elections. According to him doing so will make him loose both the presidency and the Senate. So, he rather just recontest for the Senate seat in 2023. 

HERE’S WHAT he thinks or God showed to him would be the consequences if or when the elections are rigged: “I see confusion between civilian and people, I see more demonstration, I see more chaos. I’m a man of God. If it doesn’t happen, what I tell you, don’t believe me.”

AS HE GAVE his message from God, he, probably than left from under the “anointing of the spirit” to throw in some of the everyday local politics. “If I was [were] president, I would prioritize salaries. Salary puts food on the table; it makes the civil servants to buy things and the money go around. But look at the Senators, four months now we haven’t gotten paid, we gone back to [Charles] Taylor days. I’m supposed to be disappointed when our people are crying. Cup of rice in Nimba County is expensive, bag of rice high.”

IF CONDITIONS do not improve between now and the 2023 elections, Senator Johnson warned, President Weah may not be re-elected. “You want us to vote for you; we are prepared; but if we are crying in the first term, then we will give you second term? If the cry continues to 2023, it will make us change our minds because I won’t be stupid to come to the Nimba people to raise your hand, they will throw me out.”

NOW, THIS is not the Senator’s first time to give a so-called prophesy against George Weah. 

This new prophecy of his comes two years after he questioned then-candidate Weah’s inability to control his (Weah’s) followers in another prophesy, which is yet to come to pass. 

EVEN THOUGH we are yet to see that ‘Liberia going back to war’ prophesy being fulfilled, fast forward, Senator Johnson is at it again beating another war drum maybe for personal aggrandizement.

IN SEPTEMBER 2017, Johnson again told Liberia and the world that he (Ambassador George Weah) hadn’t become President yet, but he (Weah) could turn loose his men on people to stab them. In that same vein, he began to prophesy again: “When he becomes President, this country will go back to war.”

THE NIMBA County Senator was speaking to an incident that had occurred in Sanniquellie, Nimba, between supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Liberty Party (LP). It was the political campaign period and various parties were going around the country canvassing for votes. 

THE SENATOR emphasized with all surety that Liberia would have gone back to war if Weah became President. 

SENATOR JOHNSON, who considers himself the godfather of Nimba, lamented that it did not matter whether the individual who was reportedly stabbed belonged to Liberty Party or any other party, “the fact is that he is a Liberian and from Nimba.”

“MR. GEORGE WEAH wants votes that include also Nimba, if they love him. He has gone to my county to shed my people’s blood and this is unacceptable and the people of Nimba and everyone will be informed not to ever vote for George Weah. Our people are mad and very angry and until an apology is extended to us, we will tell all Nimbaians (1.2 million) not to vote for Weah.”

THE CONTROVERSIAL Nimba strongman emphasized that Senator Weah had no control over his men, “just as Charles Taylor had no control. I had control over my men in combatants.”

NOTWITHSTANDING, he had said all these nasty things against Weah and his Coalition for Democratic (CDC), few weeks later, he joined Weah on the campaign trail in his vote-rich Nimba County. There were reports that his palms had been greased and so his tune change to one of support for Weah.  

IT’S NO DOUBT that the Senator’s endorsement of Weah in Nimba, helped make Weah President.

EVEN THOUGH we are yet to see that ‘Liberia going back to war’ prophesy being fulfilled, fast forward, Senator Johnson is at it again beating another war drum maybe for personal aggrandizement.

THE EXECUTIVE MANSION is probably not trying to look his so he is saying he said just to get the attention of the President. The Presidential Press Secretary, Smith Toby, asked the Senator to go back to bed.

“THAT VISION is a dull vision and makes no sense and God himself who suffered for this peace will not want to see this peace derailed by any means, so that vision is being misinterpreted.”

TOBY ADDED, “Senator Johnson needs to go back to bed and sleep again and let God give him that same vision.”

ACCORDING TO THE President’s pressman, Sen. Johnson had asked the President to employ his Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) partisans in government and this the President was not paying any attention to such request. 

“THE SENATOR spoke out of anger and his comments are geared toward calling the President’s attention to his dissatisfaction.

“EVERY TIME Senator Johnson makes requests and they are delayed, he gets angry and makes statements. President Weah’s leadership will not be moved by that. 

“WHEN HE gets angry, he thinks to make some of those comments will give him attention,” Toby stressed.

WITH THIS revelation from Smith and some of what we know the Senator to be involved with and in, we ask: Is his prophesy a message from God or self-gratification?

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