OPINION: Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year Your Excellency, Dr. Riek Machar Teny
By Gabriel Gatluak Dak,
December 15, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —– Dear H.E Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM/A IO, and the Legitimate First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan.
Your excellency, am hereby sending you this Merry Christmas and a happy new to you and your strong administration of SPLM/A IO across the globe. I hope this message finds you in good health.
We, your supporters, family, friends, countrymen and women, have miss you dearly, however, I strongly believe that your country, the Republic of South Sudan, whom you have fought so hard to establish as an independent country, miss you so much. Every time our country bleeds whether because of tribal feuds between neighboring tribes in Jonglei State or because of intra-tribal feuds between the Aguok and Apuk or between other sub-dinka tribes in Western Lakes state, South Sudan sheds tears for your absent. Given the exemplary leadership role that you played in Pibor in 2012 to avert what would have been one of the worst massacres in South Sudan history, your country and people know that you care and therefore you can’t tolerate the tribal feuds that are being tolerated or fueled by the rogue regime in Juba.
The reason we strongly stand behind you is because you are the only beacon of hopes for South Sudanese not just because you have stood up for the rights of self determination, which you successfully delivered in a silver plate in 2011, but because your leadership style is what South Sudan and South Sudanese deserves. You are technocrat, brave, determined, knowledgeable and charismatic. And because of that we have confident that the SPLM/A IO will eventually deliver the most needed democracy, federalism, justice and prosperity in South Sudan.
I give thanks to almighty father, who protects you and your well trained gallant forces through all the difficult times that you went through. As a strong supporter of your ideologies and principles, I pray and believe that sir may this be the last Christmas you would celebrate outside your birth country, South Sudan.
May I extend my sincere merry Christmas and a happy new year to all the high ranks cadres of the movement and theirs freedom fighters across the nation led by the Chief of general staff LT. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, LT. Gen. John Both Teny, LT. Gen. James Koang Chuol, LT. Gen. Johnson Olony, LT. Gen. James Mabor Dhol, LT. Gen. John Jock Gai, LT. Gen. Maguek Gai, LT. Gen. Gabriel Duop Both Lam, LT Gen. We’ve, LT. Gen Martin Kenyi, Gen. Mabieh Gear, Gen. James Mawich Makuach, Gen. Peter Puok Koang Gen. Khor Chuol Giet, Gen. John Duoth Nhial, Gen. Simon Diang Duoth, Gen. Dhiel Keat, Gen. James Gattiek Diar, Brig Gen. James Mathok Hoth Yirok ( aka Young lion), Brig Gen. William Gatjiath Deng and many other strong and well trained generals of our movement.
Last but not the least, my sincere gratitude to all the SPLM IO Youth league led by Hon. Puot Kang and his entire executives for their outstanding advocacy work and mobilization.
Thanks and I wish you happy a Christmas and a prosperous new year in advance, we pray the year 2018 will be a year of peace, love and unity, and may the almighty God bless you all.
The author, Gabriel Gatluak Dak, is a veteran SPLA soldier and a die-hard supporter of one and only the SPLM/A in Opposition. You can reach me through my email at firstname.lastname@example.org