Nimba People Killing Nimba
People: Taylor's Plot in Play
Jaybloh Nagbe Sloh
(The Town Chief)
Those familiar with the military
business tell us that it is not easy to plan the overthrow of a
government, especially if one considers the very expensive and
risky method used by Charles Taylor against the Doe Government.
I am told this venture requires recruiting operatives who also
have a "fish to fry" in the operation, not necessarily
power. So, when Taylor decided to launch his destructive war in
Liberia, he had one way to turn for recruitment. And that way
was Nimba County.
He chose the route because, at the time, the Nimba man was the
most reliable person with whom to do business when it came to
warring with Samuel Doe. This was so because the Nimba man had
deep seated political problems with Doe and his Krahn tribe. The
Nimba people, before and particularly after the Quiwonkpa
fiasco, believed Doe was out to exterminate them from the face
of Liberia. Therefore, they would join any effort against Doe,
whether or not it was led by a Nimba man. Indeed, Taylor heard
it. Taylor saw it. Taylor felt it. Taylor knew it. Taylor
rejoiced at it. And then Taylor jumped at it.
He recruited the likes of G.
Moses K. Duopo (Gio), Samuel Saye Dokie (Mano), Isaac Saye Musa
(Mano), Yegbeh Debon (Gio), Prince Yedu Johnson (Gio), Cooper
Teah (Gio), Moses Blah (Gio), Enoch Dogolea (Gio), Paul Vaye
(Gio), Edward Mlen (Gio), Benjamin Yeten (Gio), Benedict Bartuah
(Gio), Prince Quiwonkpa (Gio), Melvin Sogbanie (Gio), Samuel
Varney (Gio), Moses Varney (Gio), George Masuo (Gio), and so
many other "SAYEs" and "GONKANUNs" ....the
list is long. They went to Libya via Ivory Coast and Burkina
Faso for training to invade their country with deadly weapons.
Planning The Plot
afternoon, during a training session in Libya, Taylor stood at a
distance, steered at the trainees and realized that there was no
Chucky Taylor, no Benoni Urey, no Richardson, no Dennis, no
Williamson, no Barnes, no Horton, no Minor, no Brown, no
Stevenson, and no other name ending with "son." He
could only see and count the "GONKANUNs,"
WONGEHs," DAHNs," and others from Gborplay, Karnplay,
Zuoplay, and the other "plays" as well as from Butuo
and the other "tuos." I mean he could only see Nimba
At this point, Taylor sensed that the Nimba fellows could one
day sit together, with Moses Duopo at the head of the table and
Samuel Dokie to his right, and reason together. They would then
ask themselves "why not one of us at the head of this NPFL
Taylor envisioned that his trouble could begin from here.
So, after a deep breath, Taylor said to himself: "And who
told these people that I trust them to make me president in the
presence of such smart and educated people like Moses Duopo,
Jackson F. Doe, etc?" From there, Taylor hatched the plot:
"I will use these same Nimba people to kill their own
people and, thereby, eliminate the possible threat."
Implementing The Plot
Immediately after entering Liberia in
1990, Taylor put his plot into motion. He sent Paul Vaye and
other Nimba boys to kill Jackson F. Doe, a son of Nimba County,
who is believed to have won the 1985 presidential election. In
the wake of threats to Nimba people at the hands of Samuel Doe's
forces, Jackson Doe had been offered asylum by some foreign
missions in Monrovia, but he refused and chose running toward
his "children" who were fighting for Taylor.
The old man did not know that he was going into the "fire
from the frying pan." As political reporter of Liberia's
leading daily at the time (Rufus Darpoh's SUNTIMES newspaper), I
extensively covered Jackson Doe and the "Grand
Coalition" (grouping opposition parties after the 1985
elections). I was very closed to the old man, and he confided in
me about most of his political plans.
Back to the topic. From Jackson Doe, Taylor has always sent
Benjamin Yeaten, Paul Vaye, Edward Mlen and other Nimba men to
kill Nimba men. Their victims include G. Moses K. Duopo (former
Minister of Labour and Taylor's brother-in-law), David Dwayen
(former Superintendent of Nimba and former Minister of
Commerce), David Toweh (former Superintendent and former Senator
of Nimba), Stephen Daniels (former Superintendent of Nimba), J.
Patrick K. Biddle (former Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court), Lewis Bailey (former Land Commissioner of Nimba),
Counselor Alfred Flomo, Yegbeh Deabon (a mining engineer who is
said to have recruited most of the fighters for Taylor), Cooper
Teah, Moses Varney, Prince Quiwonkpa, Samuel Saye Dokie (former
Minister of Internal Affairs and former Deputy Speaker of the
Assembly), and many other "GONKANUNs" and
"SAYEs"...the list is long.
Even Vice President Enoch Dogolea was reportedly beaten to death
by Nimba operatives of Taylor. Just recently, another son of
Nimba was placed in the cell with Counselor Tiawan Saye Gongloe,
a world class human rights lawyer who also hails from Nimba, to
torture and possibly kill the lawyer. As God would have it, the
international community harassed Taylor out of killing this
other Nimba man (Gongloe), although he still managed to create
lifetime medical problems for the lawyer.
Again, just last week, Taylor's son, the notorious "Chucky,"
sent two Nimba members of his deadly "ATU" (I call it
Another Terrorist Unit) to kill another Nimba man, Isaac Saye
Gono. They killed him in cold blood. He has not been buried as I
write this article. Gono's crime? He drove "Chucky's"
car over a dog and the blood splashed on the car.
Like Duopo and others who were members of Taylor's
"NPFL" (I call it Notorious Plundering Front of
Liberia) and supposed to be his trusted aides, Gono was "Chucky's"
chief driver and a First Lieutenant in the "ATU."
13 years, Taylor's plot of "USING NIMBA PEOPLE TO KILL
NIMBA PEOPLE" continues unabated. Too many people,
including me, had expected the people of Nimba County to know by
now that Taylor's intention for recruiting them was not to form
a productive partnership against Doe. Unfortunately, we keep
wondering how long will this continue before Nimba wakes up. Who
else should Taylor kill from Nimba, using Nimba hands, before
Nimba wakes up?
At this point, the question, for me, is not why Taylor wants to
be using Nimba people to kill Nimba people. No! Far from that.
As stated earlier, I already know his reason. And that reason is
simple: to minimize or completely wipe out the potential of the
Nimba people getting rid of him for another Nimba man. And,
logically, Taylor has a point there. Any power-drunk person
would feel and act the same way.
Therefore, my questions, which may be the questions of many
around the world, are:
thirteen unbroken years, have the Nimba people not realized
Taylor's plot against them? If they have, do they sanction it by
their slumber? And if they have not then when will they realize
that Taylor is finishing them systematically, consistently, and
Nimba Before The War
the war, Nimba enjoyed respect and admiration from people across
the world, not just in Liberia. It had one of the world's major
iron ore companies (LAMCO) and was also a major source of food for
the local market. It is the birth place of the Organization of
African Unity (now African Union). It produced too many of
Liberia's best brains, even in the army. Indeed, Nimba County,
with its natural wealth and energetic human resources, had always
made significant contributions to the economic, political, social,
and cultural improvement of Liberia. The people of Nimba were
never associated with the business of killing people, especially
their own brothers and sisters.
Nimba During And After The War
Unfortunately, that reputation has been
soiled by some of Nimba's own unprincipled sons and daughters
while the good majority of the Nimba people look on with their
mouths closed and arms folded. If the Nimba people fought and
killed Doe because he was killing Nimba people, the I am wonder
what justifies the killing of Nimba people by Taylor, especially
using Nimba's own children to do the killing.
I wonder how the Liberian people would have described the Kpelle
people had this troubling situation been in Bong County. Stupid, I
guess. But now that it is Nimba County, our bank of adjectives is
bankrupt. This is a shame.
A Way Out
Although the situation discussed above is a
big shame for the people of Nimba County, it is not late for
positive action. For them, I believe the "bank of reawakening
for positive action" is still solvent. In short, Nimba County
must now rise and save its remaining sons from Taylor.
enlightened majority must come together and consider strategies
that can possibly free Nimba and its citizens from Taylor. I trust
the brains of Nimba. I know they know what needs to be done. They
have the logistics. They have the money. They have the human
resources. In fact, Vice President Moses Blah is supposed to look
into the mirror of Taylor's plot and see himself next in line for
elimination. He and Nimba better act, AND ACT NOW, while time is
still on their side.