20 November 2000

Liberia: Samuel Doe's Son Reconciles With Father's Killer

Lagos — Samuel Doe Junior, son of Liberia's late President Samuel Doe, has reconciled with Prince Yormie Johnson, a former warlord blamed for the dictator's death in 1990, Nigerian press reports said Monday

Doe junior and Johnson, who has been living in Nigeria since 1992, embraced during a chance meeting at the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Ikotun-Egbe, on the outskirts of Lagos, Sunday, more than 10 years after the former Liberian leader was killed by the Johnson-led rebels.

The younger Doe, who now lives in the US, later told the congregation that he had forgiven Johnson, the reports added.

"If God could forgive our sins, who am I not to forgive," said Doe Junior, who was accompanied to the Church by his mother.

Johnson was a one-time ally of Liberian current President Charles Taylor, in a rebellion to oust President Doe in December 1989.

The former warlord, who now worships in the Lagos new- generation Church, which last week played host to Zambian President Frederick Chiluba, was evacuated by the ECOWAS peace monitoring group, ECOMOG, to Lagos, after he was accused of derailing the Liberian peace process.

Johnson has since expressed his desire to return home, but he faces a treason allegation by the Taylor government.

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