Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Isaac Musa Dead?

The Isaac Musa who reigned over the Kakata region for which we had to detour through Cotton Tree during our run for precious life is dead? The General whom I saw near Bong Mines Bridge during the 1996 savagery in a brawl with ECOMOG soldiers died in a bathroom? Before him were other generals and blood thirsty fools who died. Other great kings, rulers, presidents and pharaohs all passed on. They left this World never to show their strengths or be seen again.

And that is the part of life that we often forget or take for granted “we will all die; it just a matter of time.” Shouldn’t we be living peaceably with one another recognizing that pretty soon this life will end and of course we will have to answer questions for the things we did while on earth? How can anyone kill another person knowing fully well that you the killer will soon join the killed in a place where you haven’t been! Doesn’t it scare any killer that the person whose life you are cutting short may be your host in that new place? By the time you get there that person may have obtained permanent or citizenship status and you may need his/her help to acquire a temporary status. How insane it is to live a life as if you are going to live on planet earth forever. 70 years of useful life appointed to each of us are so short to spend a day out of that time doing stupid and wicked things.

May the sudden passing of Gen Musah and all others who left this World after enjoying a period of reckless living remind us that the eminence of death and the continuation of life after death should compel us to do our utmost best to follow peace with all human beings and do unto others as we want then do unto us.

This is my thought for the day.

See Story below from the Inquirer Newspaper:

Isaac Musa Is Dead
Monday, 9th June 2008

A former member of the erstwhile five-man Council of State, Gen. Isaac Saye Musah, has died in Monrovia. According to report, Gen. Musah a former member of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) died at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital after driving his car to the hospital with his wife. Gen. Musah’s remains has been deposited at the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Home in Sinkor. According to the report, the cause of his death has not yet been established.

Gen Isaac Musah was active in the AFL in the early 80s following the 1980 coup but fled Liberia following the 1985 abortive coup. He joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberia and got advanced guerrilla training in Libya. He was part of the invading forces that launched the war in Liberia on Christmas Eve in 1989.

He became notorious when he was appointed a general in the NPFL and put in charge of Kakata, Margibi County as well as the major checkpoints between Monrovia and that part of the country. He was also known for openly challenging the ECOWAS Peace Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in the early 90s, a condition that might have earned him a place on the Council of State as the NPFL representative.

During the Taylor Administration, Gen Musa was put in charge of collecting outstanding arrears of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation as head of the LTC Special TASK Force, a position he held until the fall of the Taylor regime. He hails from Nimba County and is believed to be the father of several children.

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