Liberian Leader Leads Gov’t Officials at Memorial Service for the Late AFL Command Officer-in-Charge, Major General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led an array of government officials to a memorial service for the late Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Command Officer-in-Charge, Major General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman at the Monrovia City Hall.
 
The late Major General Abdurrahman was seconded as Command Officer-in-Charge of the AFL in June 2007 by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and served in that capacity until February 2014. He died on January 28, 2015.
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian President, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the AFL, in a tribute to the late Abdurrahman told mourners that it was with heavy hearts that the country had gathered to pay homage to a great friend of Liberia; stressing that the country remembers him for the quality of leadership and regimentation he imbued in personnel of the AFL.
 
She also paid tribute to his immediate predecessor, the late Lieutenant General Luka Yusuf who was a former Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army for laying the foundation of the new AFL upon which Major General Abdurrahman constructed.
 
The AFL Commander-in-Chief described the late General Abdurrahman as an exemplary officer of Nigeria and acknowledged that he will be missed for his rich military experience, exceptional leadership and unmatched commitment he brought in the discharge of his onerous assignment.
 
She emphasized that this won him the respect of the Government and people of Liberia, as well as the Chief of Defense Staff of the sub-regional organization, ECOWAS, at the same time bringing honor to his country, Nigeria; adding, “He was a dedicated public servant, an outstanding General, a professional, a scholar, a mentor and a dear friend. His personality represented the finest of leadership.”
 
The Liberian leader recalled that when she first interacted with the late General Abdurrahman in 2007, his poise, frankness, rich insight of the military that he brought from the Nigeria Army and his assertiveness gave her full confidence about his preparedness to take on the task of transforming the Armed Forces of Liberia. “True to his professionalism, he took my direct orders and with the colleagues at the Ministry of National Defense, directed the line of efforts in the successful transformation of the Armed Forces of Liberia as a “Force for Good” under the Defense Sector Reform Program.
 
“It was because of his immense sacrifices that he rendered the Government and people of Liberia that I awarded him the AFL Distinguished Service Order in 2009. I also decorated him in 2014 with the Distinction of Knight Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption,” President Sirleaf recalled.
 
She extended the gratitude of the Liberian Government and people to her Nigerian counterpart and people for sharing one of their finest military officers with Liberia and pointed out that his exemplary services will remain in the contemporary history of the new Armed Forces of Liberia.
 
President Sirleaf expressed the hope and prayed that the wife of the late General Abdurrahman, Haja Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman and his beloved children will find solace in the collective prayers of all. “General Abdurrahman represented the finest of Nigeria, exemplified himself professionally and led an outstanding disciplined life as your husband and father,” President Sirleaf said.
 
Several personalities and institutions paid tribute to the late Nigerian Army General including the Diplomatic Corps, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Chief of Defense Staff of the Nigerian Army, Ministry of National Defense led by Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Armed Forces of Liberia led by the Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Daniel Zeahnkan, Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh and Montserrado County Representative Munah Youngblood, as well as politician Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh, among others.
 
The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Liberia, Her Excellency Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie indicated that the late General Abdurrahman’s services to Liberia as the Command Officer-in-Charge of the AFL was one that made her proud as her country’s Ambassador to Liberia. She thanked the Liberia Government and people for the opportunity and support.
 
In special remarks, the widow of the late General Abdurrahman, Haja Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman thanked President Sirleaf, the Government and people of Liberia, Defense Minister Brown Samukai, AFL Chief of Staff Zeahnkan for the enormous support her husband received when he served as AFL Command Officer-in-Charge. She also thanked them for organizing the memorial service in his honor.
 
She stressed that the family considers Liberia as their second home and expressed joy that her husband could contribute to the country’s recovery through his service to the AFL at the time his service was most needed.

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