By: R. Joyclyn Wea
MONROVIA-Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson seems to be blowing his own trumpet in the wake of Emmanuel Tuloe’s public appreciation for generously returning huge sum of money he found to the rightful own.
Senator Johnson is now contending that little Tuloe who has won the hearts of many Liberians and institutions is not the first honest man to come from Nimba County as being insinuated by the public.
Johnson, a notorious warlord who led “The Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) that controlled Bushrod Island during the time of the infamous Liberian civil war, said he first demonstrated sincerity and transparency when he turned over huge cash allegedly seized from then National Bank of Liberia on Broad Street to the Interim Government headed by Dr. Amos Sawyer.
According to the Nimba Senator, little Tuloe is not the first ‘honest’ person from Nimba and that he is trading on the honest path of what he (Johnson) and others started.
“During the heyday of the Civil War, I found $8.7 million dollars in a bank under my controlled territory at the time and turned same over to the government through the two heads of the central bank at the time,” the one-time warlord contended.
The senator also cited another instance where he was mistakenly given USD$20,000.00 dollars by a teller at the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and was later encouraged by his wife to return said money.
He wants Liberians to know that he too is an ‘honest’ man from Nimba County who also deserves recognition.
Sometimes ago, 19-Yr-old Emmanuel Tuloe, a motorcyclist found and returned to its owner the sum of US$50,000.00 dollars in Tappita, Nimba County.
His honest gesture in a country deeply entrenched with dishonesty, insincerity and corruption, has won him a lot of plaudits from many sectors, including a US $10.000 dollar reward from President George Weah along with 2 motorbikes and a financial aid to attend any school of his choice up to Master’s level, with promise to bestow upon Tuloe one of the nation’s highest investitures at the next national ceremony.
Similarly, local rights groups including CENTAL, Integrity Watch and the LACC hailed the young integrity hero for the level of sincerity exhibited.
Notoriously known for his participation in the war and the subsequent capture and killing of former President Samuel K. Doe in September of 1990, the self-acclaimed “honest” Senator is one of those vehemently opposing the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia to fast-track prosecution of those accused of committing atrocities during the bloody civil unrest.
Johnson asserted that he exhibited high level of honesty throughout his involvement in the war even when others were looting the country.