Zeogar Wilson’s Reckless and Irresponsible Attacks on Nimba County

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A Nimba Citizen’s Response — Part One

By Kadiker Rex Dahn, MA, M.Ed, PhD

Background

Certainly, there are individuals in the George Weah’s led government who relentlessly continue to make derogatory, reckless and irresponsible statements against others. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to ascertain such fact. Periodic verbal attacks against citizens from the headquarters of the CDC are songs on Liberian radios and social media. The Ministry of Information seems also to be deficient and disoriented in defending the government as often, it is found to be reckless and irresponsible in some of its opinions. It is alleged that almost all who claim to speak in the name of CDC may have a twisted mind, thinking and illogical analysis. Case in point, Zeogar Wilson, the Minister of Youth and Sports outlandish attack against the people of Nimba County speaks to the fact that George Weah’s led government is infested with individuals who are reckless and irresponsible in their utterances. The purpose of this article is twofold: first, debunk Zeogar Wilson’s claims of hooliganism against Nimba County and second, argues that Zeogar’s statement was reckless and irresponsible of a government’s minister.

Discussions

In the just ended County Meet which ended in stalemate as a result of criminality on the part of the umpire, Zeogar Wilson, the Minister of Youth and Sports accused the people of Nimba County of being hooligans. What Nimba County did on the field of play to warrant such charge is yet to be soundly, reasonably and logically explained. The charge in question without evidence clearly indicates the unsophistication, naivety and ineptitude of Minister Wilson. The fact of the matter was that Team Nimba realized that the direction the game was unfolding was unfair and if continued on the field of play, might end in confusion. In avoiding such perceived confusion, the Team and its officials decided to leave the field. Impartial and sound Liberians on the field that day are witnesses to Nimba County’s decision. Not a single Nimba County’s player or official engaged in any form of vandalism; Nimba County’s players and coaches peacefully and quietly left the field. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Zeogar Wilson with concealed notion and prejudice described the people of Nimba County as hooligans. Whether Zeogar fully understood the meaning of hooligans is yet to be determined. Be as it may, it seems to us that Minister Zeogar Wilson during the press conference in which he described the people of Nimba County as hooligans might not have been in the right state of mind. The Minister’s abrupt unbecoming action against Nimba County without any evidence of vandalism compelled me to questions the state of mind of Zeogar Wilson: we ask, was the minister under the influence of a narcotic substance? Are there records of illegal drug use? Was he inebriated? Has he ever been diagnosed with any form of mental disorder? Is he on any medication to enable him function properly without which he becomes disoriented, incoherent, hallucinated and paranoia? We asked these questions because no one in their right state of mind will attack a peaceful, generous and loving people like Nimba County without tangible evidence. Something is intellectually wrong with Zeogar Wilson’s comprehension and analysis.

Zeogar’s confused and convoluted response

When Zeogar Wilson described the people of Nimba County as hooligans and seeing the level of criticisms against him, he summersaulted and denied ever addressing the people of Nimba County as hooligans. In his distorted, confused, convoluted, elementary and twisted response, Zeogar claimed that the reference made with respect to hooliganism was mainly directed at the players and coaches of Nimba County and not the entire County. Here again, the unsophistication, naivety and ineptitude of the Minister in question is clearly seen. Claiming that he was referring to players and coaches and not the County as a whole is one of the worst, confused and half-baked explanations I have ever seen and heard. We maintain: Zeogar Wilson, you are damn wrong and your explanation is imbued with serious limitations, flaws and fallacies.

Remember this: those players and coaches in question are citizens of Nimba County and hired by the people of Nimba County to represent the County during the County Meet. During the tournament, whenever players and coaches appeared, they did so under the flag of Nimba County. In other words, they were Nimba County’s representatives in every aspect of the game. In this sense, whatever happens to them whether good or bad under that Nimba County’s flag happens to the entire County. Therefore, it seems, sounds nonsensical and absurd to deny the claim of Nimba County being attacked. Zeogar Wilson’s action against Nimba County and George Weah’s silence does not speak well of George Weah and his government. We made these claims for two reasons: Zeogar Wilson as a minister of Youth and sports has set an ugly precedent to the young people of Liberia. We expect a minister of youth and sports who is responsible for the all the young people in this Republic to be a person of a good moral character. Such minister’s word should be descent and uplifting and if on the other hand, it turns out to be unbecoming, it brings cultural miseducation, shame and ignominy to such an entity. This is the case with Zeogar Wilson as a minister of Youth and Sports. Under the doctrine of reciprocation, our people could have equally lavished insults on him; we refused because our good characters dictate and deter us from doing so. In the words of former Vice President Boakai, “because of mosquitos, one cannot burn his own house.” In the same way, because of Zeogar’s reckless, irresponsible and uniformed utterance against the people of Nimba County cannot push us against our will to violate our own ethics. We simply say his statement against Nimba County was reckless, irresponsible, uninformed, a shame and a disgrace as a government minister. We condemn it in the highest term possible.

We surmise Zeogar Wilson may have something under his sleeves against Nimba County. Here again, Zeogar who was once a goalie, not even a good goalie compare to legend Peewu Bestman, we thought may still have ideas on the game. Here again is another blunder by Zeogar. Our Coach, though worked for Nimba County during the County Meet, works directly under the LFA and by extension, FiFA. This old footballer suspended the Coach for two years without the acquiescence of LFA and FIFA. Even if LFA is influenced to uphold Zeogar’s decision against the Coach because of government’s intrusion, FIFA as an independent, and trusted international Body, will ensure justice. Since the County Meet is under the supervision of the Ministries of Youth and Sports and Internal Affairs, though illegitimate, their decisions should have remained in the confine of the County Meet and not beyond. LFA and FIFA are different terrains. In fullness of time, FIFA will address the issue of the suspension. Zeogar’s action reminds me of George Weah’s continuous violations of established laws and protocols.

George Weah’s silence

Another fact that we find quite disturbing is the silence of George Weah. George Weah as we all know often complains of being insulted either on radio or on the social media. Some of us, though, disagree with the form and manner in which he governs as a president, oppose the President of a nation from being directly or indirectly insulted. We are taken aback for George Weah to remain mute when his appointee publicly insulted and attacked the people of Nimba County. We surmise that the silence of George Weah is an indication of his approbation. His silence may equally be a direct or indirect invitation to provoke the people of Nimba County. It is alleged that on the order of President Weah, the Mask Dancer and officials of Nimba County were denied from entering a particular gate yet allowed Grand Kru Team to pass such entrance. It was after Grand Kru has passed the gate in question, that Nimba’s mask dancer and officials were allowed to pass. We say to George Weah and his surrogates: do not mess with Nimba County.

Conclusion

We condemn in the highest terms Zeogar Wilson’s attacks on Nimba County. We conclude that the form and manner the final between Nimba and Grand Kru was conducted was indicative of the failure of George weah’s administration. The County Meet is intended to unite the Country. From all indications, the spirit and intent of the County Meet were defeated when George Weah and his surrogates failed to demonstrate real sportsmanship. This is the first time in the history of the County Meet where the leadership of the Country miserably failed. Be as it may, Zeogar Wilson’s attack on Nimba County together with George Weah’s silence to correct the wrong, clearly speaks to the fact that this George Weah may have something under his sleeves against the people of Nimba County. This is a lesson for the people of Nimba County to be cognizant of transactional politicians because it was through transactional politics that Prince Johnson sold George Weah to the people of Nimba County.We expect our elected leaders to address the action of Zeogar against the people of Nimba. In the cause of the People, the Struggle Continues!!!

About the author: Kadiker Rex Dahn holds a PhD in Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education from the University of Oklahoma. He once served as a Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Director General, National Commission on Higher Education. He is a member of the North America Scholar Consortium, Membership with the Highest Honor. Contact: [email protected]

5 COMMENTS

  1. THIS TRASH IS YET ANOTHER ORCHESTRATED CAMPAIGN TO POLITICIZE FOOTBALL IN LIBERIA SIMILAR TO HOW BACCUS MATHEWS, OSCAR UIAH, MARCUS DAHN AND CHEA CHEAPOO PERPETRATED THE RICE RIOT THAT RESULTED IN THE WANTON DESTRUCTION OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND HUMAN LIVES IN 1979! THE LIKES LIKE REX DAHN CAN ONLY FOOL LIBERIANS ONCE, BUT NOT ALL THE TIME! LIBERIANS BE WARNED – AND BEWARE OF KADIKER REX DAHN’S HIDDEN AGENDA OF USING FOOTBALL TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIS SENATORIAL BID FOR NIMBA COUNTY

  2. The views expressed below entitled: “The County Meet in Liberia Should not be Politicized” was written immediately after Minister Zoegar Wilson’s rants against the people of Nimba County. It was initially sent to Liberia’s Daily Observer for publication, but was never published. It’s been shared today in support of Dr. Rex Dahn’s article which I consider to be the official statement of the great people of Mount Nimba.

    Against this background, the kleptocracy of Mr. Weah and his band of incompetent lieutenants cannot be allowed to spew reckless comments against the good and decent people of Mount Nimba without a strong response. I therefore, write to encourage all patriotic Nimbaians and friends of Nimba to support and accept this commentary as the official statement of the Great People of Mount Nimba.

    I also want to strongly believe that Mr. Johnson’s comments above are purely based on his ignorance and naivety of our recent past. I see no correlation between PAL’s struggle for multi party system, political inclusion and Dr. Dahn’s article in defense of the people of Nimba County against a reckless statement by Weah’s Minister of Sports. Even assuming that Dr. Dahn is a candidate in the up-coming senatorial race, his article has nothing to do with electoral campaign. Dr Rex Dahn has always written articles and commentaries on many vexing issues in our society and this will certainly not the last.

    Tony Leewaye

    The County Meet in Liberia Should not be Politicized by Tony Leewaye

    The public admission today by officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports that the County Meet is a political event clearly demonstrates and confirms why referees were paid to award Grand Kru many penalties as possible to ensure that Grand Kru wins the tournament for the President’s Team. Sadly, a County Meet intended to unite our society has been politicized and bundled in criminality and massive corruption to decide the winner. No wonder why Liberia is where she is today-underdeveloped and backward. If we must improve the lives of our people and curb massive corruption and abuse of office, we must re-think our governance strategies and priorities and the process of atonement to set the stage for the future prosperity of our Nation and people. Unfortunately, corruption and abuse of power will never end in Liberia if we continue on this destructive path as a people and Nation.

    In honest, this is just what I articulated yesterday on Focus on Liberia and clearly indicated that criminality and a higher level of corruption were the misguiding principles of this year’s County Meet, orchestrated by the highest office of the Liberian Government for selfish interest and self-aggrandizement. Given the culture of corruption, ineptitude, and chronic abuse of power within our society, the revelations parading the social media that President Weah’s hand-prints were all over this dubious plan to have Grand Kru win at all costs has been established. Therefore, I’m convinced that this whole game was cooked from the beginning and even prior to the actual final game of play for the title. These accusations were proven by the manipulations and re-arrangements of the second phase of the tournament to allow Grand Kru a save passage to the final. I know some disagreed with me and even suggested that elements of the opposition political entities were to be blamed for politicizing the game, but the truth has been exposed by officials of the Sports Ministry, thereby, silencing my critics.

    As Hon. Depue Zuo clearly enumerated during the program on Focus on Liberia yesterday, these sporting events should have a broader meaning and scope of uniting our society, creating social and economic impacts, spotting talents and talents development, exhibiting the values of our culture from our diverse ethnicity, and creating an environment where Liberians can come together to celebrate our existence as a Nation and people. Hon. Zuo also suggested that these games should be organized in a way that will enable international foreign teams and their agents to tap into the talents of Liberian players for professional development. He provided a clearer example of the success of Liberia’s current President. After all, Liberia does not have any form of festivities to bring our people together as compared to the County Meet. The County Meet is the only conduit to which our people come together to celebrate life, unity and the pursuit of happiness. This is the only time Liberians from all walks of life come together irrespective of their political, fraternal, religious and ethnic affiliations.

    Given the unfortunate situation surrounding this year’s County Meet, which was marred by massive corruption, criminality, and enhanced by ineptitude; my recommendation is that, if future County Meet must achieve genuine peace and reconciliation, all of what was enumerated above must be taken into consideration along with some genuine recommendations. Additionally, all future County Meets should be handled by the LFA under the CFA rules with non-interested stakeholders officiating these games to bring credibility to the outcome. We cannot continue to politicize everything in Liberia. This game should not be about the President and his interest. These games shouldn’t be expected to promote any particular political leadership in power for political advantage. These games must be free of corruption and undue influences of government officials. If the government wants to play a political game, a tournament should be arranged among government agencies and ministries to achieve that goal. Our young people should never be used as political pawns.

    Tony Leewaye
    Minnesota-USA

  3. I have had lots of good friends, school mates, even classmates from Nimba County. I worked with several Nimbains. Let me confess here, I sympathized with the people of Nimba County during the Liberian civil war when President Doe unleashed the might of the Armed Forces of Liberia on the Gio and Mano people of that county. Right now, this period of Liberian History should actually be the period of Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction of Liberia, the Liberian people and the Liberian society.

    I am cautioning some of my fellow Liberians from Nimba County about their braggadocios behavior about the “great” people of Nimba, or the “citizens” of Nimba, rightly so, but first and foremost, you are citizens of Liberia. As I stated supra, we are trying to reconcile with each other as Liberians after the disastrous 14 plus years of civil war. In fact, this is one of the reasons of the inter-county sport tournaments, to bring our children together. Every Liberian who went through the horrors of the war knows that Nimba County was one of the major proponents of the war. they committed their share of atrocities and torture against peaceful and innocent Liberians!

    Long before Zeogar Wilson or George Weah, Sinoe County, Sasstown Territory, and Kru Coast Territory have been winning the National County Soccer Tournaments again and again! So, it is no surprise to Liberians that Grand Kru County football team beat the Nimba County Football team on the field of play according to the international FIFA rules and guidelines before the eyes of hundreds of spectators who understand the rules of the game. Since that game, it seems that some individuals from Nimba (not the majority of Nimbains) have been trying to politicize the tournament which was started during the Tubman Administration.

    Nimba County and Nimbains are first and foremost Liberians. I hope that these individuals that have developed such an angst for losing a football match will be cautious in the way they have been disparaging fellow Liberians and other counties due to the outcome of a soccer match.

    Let us use our education, the different degrees that we have accumulated in our pursuit of knowledge for the better, in the common good of Liberia and all Liberians.

    • BRAVO CHARLSE! THEY’RE MASQUERADING AS THOSE WHO EARNED THEIR DEGREES IN JOURNALISM/MASS COMMUNICATION AND CREATIVE WRITING – FIELDS WHERE IT’S A MUST FOR ONE TO BE INSTILLED WITH THE SENSES AND VALUES OF WRITING ETHICS; WHEREAS THEY’RE UNETHICAL, RECKLESS AND INFLAMMATORY WRITERS WHO POLITICIZES EVERYTHING THEY UTTER OR REDUCE TO WRITING DOWN EVEN TO OUR UNIFYING NATIONAL COUNTY SOCCER TOURNAMENTS – WHICH I’LL ALWAYS PORTRAY FOR WHAT IT’S – A LIVING GIANT DOVE WITH AN OLIVE BRANCH OF PEACE IN ITS BEAK FLYING ANNUALLY ALL OVER THE GLORIOUS LAND OF OUR FIFTEEN COUNTIES…

      TO COUNTER THEIR INFLAMMATORY POLEMICS, ALL LIBERIAN CAREER WRITERS INCLUDING ME SHOULD NOW BE MORE THAN EVER VIGILANT AND DETERMINED THAT WRITE-UPS ABOUT OUR INTER-COUNTY SPORTS TOURNAMENTS SHOULD AND MUST ALWAYS HELP TO BRING CLOSER TOGETHER OUR BELOVED NATION STILL BITTERLY DIVIDED SINCE PRESIDENT DOE’S ADMINISTRATION TILL THE PRESENT DAY!

      INSTINCTIVELY, OUR MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS SHOULD ANNUALLY HOLD A WORKSHOP FOR OUR WORKING JOURNALISTS TO SENSITIZE THEM THAT WRITE-UPS SHOULDN’T BE LIKE THAT OF KADIKER REX DAHN AND HIS COHORTS WHO’RE POLITICIZING AND MISUSING THIS GONE TOURNAMENT AS A STEPPING STONE TO PLANT THEIR COUNTY FLAGS IN THEIR DREAM OFFICES AT THE SENATE PERIOD!

  4. Mr. Tony Leewaye,
    Please note that I am a “boon companion” of all Nimbaians. I am supportive of all Nimbaians (except the unpatriotic ones) just as I am supportive of all Liberian citizens. I don’t know of any unpatriotic Nimbaian! We can agree that in each of the fifteen counties of Liberia, there are a number of down-to-earth Liberians who are “good and unpatriotic”. I am a Maryland county derivative. Believe me, Marylanders have their share of demons.

    Your comment above raises a lot of issues. My concentration focus centers on the accusation you’ve made regarding the payment of referees. In the fifth paragraph of yours, you state unequivocally that referees were paid in order for the county of Kru Coast to win the county tournament. Really?

    I will be happy if you could respond to the following questions:

    1. Who specifically paid or (bribed) the recent county league referees? Was this nefarious scheme secretly or openly carried by Weah’s agents or by Weah himself?

    2. How many bucks or US dollars were paid out to the referees? And

    3. Do you have any concrete evidence that indicates “money changed hands” during the county meet?

    The beautiful county of Maryland bowed out with maximum dignity when it became clear that the stars turned against them. I would have liked for my county to have beaten all the counties to the pulp! Sadly, it didn’t happen. The issue of a bribe is disturbing. So, if you have the time, please respond to my questions.

    Peace.

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