Johnny Paul is alive and kicking
JP the initiator of peace
It is now an open secret that leader of Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) junta regime is here within the walls of Sierra Leone and he is very much alive and kicking.
A close confidante and a relative of the indisposed junta leader who begged for anonymity argued strongly that Retired Brigadier Johnny Paul Koroma is currently residing in a secluded venue in Freetown.
Our source said Koroma has decided to conduct himself in a pensive mood owing to scandals of a Special Court indictment hanging over him. He further boasted that Jonny Paul has been in close collaboration with a renowned Paramount Chief, whose name he did not disclose, and who has promised to facilitate a meeting between Johnny Paul Koroma and President Ernest Bai Koroma in the not too distant future.
During his nine months in power, Johnny Paul proved himself a benevolent dictator thus providing an astute leadership for the people. He was held in captivity in the maximum security prison on charges of treason but was latter liberated by colleagues soldiers in the other ranks and imposed leadership on him after the overthrown of ex-president Tejan Kabbah in the May 25th 1996 coup d‘état.
During his hold on to power, Johnny Paul tended to burst international sanctions and embargos when he paid a backlog of salaries to civil servants and teachers; he was able to produce enough food items locally for his people and electricity supply were in abundance.
During the interregnum, Johnny Paul secured the release of 300 ECOMOG soldiers that were captured by the RSLAF on June 2nd.
Johnny Paul Koroma was the first to bring out the rebels of Revolutionary United Front from the jungle to engage themselves in peace talks.
He was a very religious and God fearing soldier who could fondly be remembered on the day he ordered the entire nation to yell the name ‘JESUS’ at 6 p.m. to solicit divine intervention for an end to the war ,so that the people could enjoy peace again.
The Rtd. Brigadier was later appointed National Chairman for the Consolidation of Peace in the country.
He further demonstrated his belief in the tenets of democracy when he formed the Peoples Liberation Party (PLP), a political party under which umbrella he contested the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and polled an overwhelmingly significant vote.
Although an international criminal court indictment threatens, much has not been heard of it lately, but many Sierra Leoneans would like to see Johnny Paul Koroma walk through the streets as a free and peaceful citizen, one of the key architects of the peace we are now enjoying.
By Alford Dillet & Denis Jones
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