Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson (PYJ), over the weekend lashed out at people who are spreading rumors of war and a planned dissident attack on the country.
Senator Johnson’s admonition was contained in a sermon he delivered at his Christ Chapel of Faith Church in Paynesville, outside Monrovia on Sunday, August 24.
According to him, the spread of false rumors has the propensity to undermine the strides the country is making to meet its development objectives.
Instead, he urged Liberians and those promoting the rumor to forget the lies and consolidate their efforts in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
“Liberians,” he said, “should focus on things of God to heal the nation from the scourge of the Ebola rather than spreading or listening to false rumors.”
Senator Johnson’s caution stemmed from rumors that recently emanated from Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, which suggested that some unknown persons had planned to attack the city.
The reports further indicated that the perceived dissidents had a stockpile of arms and ammunitions in a nearby religious center in the city.
However, the reports did not name individuals or group and their exact location as well as identifying their potential target and cause for the pending warfare.
Joint security based in the county has also dismissed the report, terming it as “nonessential rumors intended by hawkers to create insecurity to satisfy their criminal desire.”
With the spread of the rumors, most residents of Ganta, mainly the business community, among them women and children left the city during night hours for various locations to avoid any event of calamity.
Meanwhile, Senator Johnson has called on Liberians irrespective of status to forge in unity and reconciliation in their effort to fight the Ebola virus. By doing so, he believes, the country would develop in every sector of the society.