‘Butt Naked’ Beats War Drum?


Former rebel general now self-styled evangelist, Joshua Milton Blahyi alias ‘General Butt Naked’, is said to begin early war drum through his paramilitary group establishment code named ” Rescue Solider” with the slogan ” Don’t try it.” The group has pledged its loyalty to former vice President Amb. Joseph Numah Boakai with the aim to protect the vote of Unity Party in the ensuing runoff through any means possible and available. Speaking with team journalists Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at the Grassroots Development Movement (GDM) Party headquarter in Congo Town, during an endorsement ceremony of Amb. Boakai by third place Presidential Candidate Edward W. Appelton, Jr., Mr. Blahyi said  he and his militants have come to grace the endorsement of Amb. Boakai by providing security protection as Amb. Boakai is now strategically pursed to become Liberia’s next President. ‘General Butt Naked’ is a Liberian evangelical preacher, writer and former warlord best known for his barbaric actions during the first Liberian Civil War. During the conflict, Blahyi led a group of soldiers which fought on the side of rebel group- United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO) before converting to Christianity and becoming a pastor in 1996. Blahyi joined ULIMO, a rival militia group, and operated primarily around the Monrovia area. During the conflict, Blahyi and his men, a group of soldiers known as the Naked Base Commandos, fought without clothing and perpetrated numerous atrocities, including child sacrifice and cannibalism. ” We have come to support a strategic coalition. We have come to bring our presence to a strategic coalition, we are talking about people that matters. For Appelton to join us today gives us confidence to protect the vote of the people. And so, we have come as the ” Rescue Solider,”  he stated. Blahyi abandoned his life as a warlord and turned to preaching after undergoing a religious conversion in 1996, attributing these actions to receiving a vision of Jesus. In 2008, Blahyi testified at the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, claiming that his victims numbered at least 20,000 individuals. The public testimony brought mixed reactions and led to international attention, leading Blahyi to be featured in several documentaries. According to him, the objective of the Rescue Solider is to ensure that the people votes are protected and to counter attacks. Mr. Blahyi and his team were dressed in dominate blacked and came in the compound of the GDM in a black pickup with inscription” Rescue Solider” with the slogan or motto” Don’t try it”. The arrival of Mr. Blahyi and his team at the GDM and their dressed code portrayed and represent Liberian dark days. He believes that his presence along with his paramilitary group will give the voters and Liberian citizens confidence because they are afraid that when they vote, their vote will be stolen, something he said his presence and group is there to motivate Liberian to vote because their vote will be protected and not stolen. Also, responding to the establishment of the group and his history of war, Mr. Butt Naked said  his group means no harm and the slogan ” Don’t tried it” doesn’t mean any harm because it doesn’t represent gun. Source: theindependentprobe.com

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