Grand Kru County Electoral District #2 Representative, Jonathan Fonati Koffa Grand Kru County Electoral District #2 Representative, Jonathan Fonati Koffa

Over Conflict-ridden Comments - Ex-Liberia Rebel General Under Attack

Grand Kru County Electoral District #2 Representative, Jonathan Fonati Koffa, has expressed serious opposition to a recent comment by a former Liberian rebel general, that he would form a “Kru Defense Force” to protect President George Manneh Weah and key kru people if need be.

It can be recalled that recently that while appearing on a local radio show, Augustine Nagbe, infamously referred to as “General Power,” threatened to organize members of his ethnic group to form a force that would rise in defense of President Weah should anyone try to attack him.

The ex-guerilla fighter made what has been described as ‘divisive’ comments on Prime FM in Monrovia, where he had been invited by the host to speak about his role in Liberia’s war, his recent involvement with the closure of Roots FM, his involvement in the attempt to summon Montserrado County Electoral District #10 Representative Yekeh Korlubah, by ex-combatants for his ‘strong’ statements against President Weah, among others.

“General Power” bragged that he is a proud Kru man and would be ever ready to use his military training for the defense of the Kru people, with President Weah being captured under his protection.

“I’m a Kru warrior, I am the warrior for the Kru people – I don’t care how anybody takes it. We’re in Liberia, but I’ll always defend my Kru people, trust me. Today, we’ve got a Kru man in power, but I don’t have power, I will not talk to him anyhow, when the time comes, he’ll bring me to government. He’s the Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of Liberia, I’ll defend him and if anybody tries to molest him, the way they had Lofa Defense Force, you’ll see the Kru defense force,” he said.

However, Rep. Koffa, who also Chairs the Committee on Judiciary at the House of Representatives, otherwise known as the Lower House of the Liberian Legislature, as well as the Grand Kru Legislative Caucus, in a statement, vehemently condemned the assertions by his kinsman.

The renowned Liberian lawyer and politician pointed out that such comment has the propensity to plunge the country into violence.

"I feel compelled in no uncertain terms to condemn my kinsman whose nom de guerre is General Power and urge him to cease and desist from talks of urban militarism. Similarly I condemn all those engaged in incendiary rhetoric in the name of free speech. The Liberian state and people have endured much. Our common challenges must be faced with clasped hands one to another, not clutched fists," stated Rep. Koffa in a statement, which was also posted on his facebook ward.

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