Controversial Online Talk Show Host Prophet Key Cancels Liberia Visit Over Security Reasons – FrontPageAfrica
Gbarnga – Exiled Liberian online talk show host, Nayabouqua Oldpa Yeazeahn, aka Prophet Key, has canceled his planned trip to Liberia over “security concerns”.
Prophet Key, a vocal critic of Liberian President George Weah, had planned to return home on July 26 to embark on his 2023 senatorial quest in his home county of Nimba.
But in a July 11 press release, the Free Position Movement, a group supporting Prophet Key’s senatorial ambitions, said it had advised its leader to cancel his trip “due to intelligence that he had received from a senior government official that President Weah planned to arrest him upon his arrival.
“Information we have received indicates that President Weah has mandated the authority of the National Security Agency (NSA) to arrest the living body of Prophet Key, torture him and charge him with subverting a nation,” said the Free Position Movement.
“This is a crime punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.”
“Before leaving for his wedding in Ivory Coast, he had a consultation with an American lawyer specializing in immigration, criminality, human rights and civil rights, trained at Stanford. He carefully reviewed his case and concluded that the Liberian government lacked substantial evidence and could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt regarding possible prosecution.
The Free Position Movement Prophet Key’s constant criticism of the Weah-led government was legal and constitutionally permitted under the Liberian Constitution.
“The attorney unequivocally condemned the government’s actions as violations of human rights and attacks on free speech and civil liberties.”
Given the current political climate, the Free Position Movement said it was disappointing but not surprising that the opposition is divided and that a few individuals are focusing on their personal interests rather than working on behalf of ordinary Liberians.
A Free Position Movement official, the group said, contacted opposition leaders several times regarding the safety of Prophet Key during his stay in Liberia, but unfortunately no progress was made.
“For this reason, with legal advice from our attorney in the United States, the Free Position Executive Committee voted unanimously to end his trip.”
“According to one of our officials, we cannot risk Prophet Key’s life to please people who will not be there to fight on his behalf when the government illegally arrests him.”
“The Supreme Leader/His Holiness was eager to arrive in Liberia to campaign against the notorious and criminal Prince Y. Johnson. However, if his safety remains doubtful, we consider it necessary to postpone his trip to a later date. Regardless of these changes, Prophet Key will still continue to sit behind his phone and expose the corruption embedded in the Weah regime, and hold corrupt leaders accountable for deliberately attacking innocent people and undermining institutions that benefit the people.
There remains doubt that Prophet Key will run for the Senate despite Weah’s term ending in 2023.