Liberian Leader Consoles U.S. Over Shooting Deaths

Photos Of The 48 Orlando Shooting Victims
Photos Of The 48 Orlando Shooting Victims

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to the President, Government and people of the United States of America for the death of at least 50 American citizens caught in a horrific shooting incident by a gunman in Orlando, Florida.

On early Sunday, June 12, American-born Omar Mateen gunned down 49 people and injured 53 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, which has become the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, in her message to President Barack Obama, the Liberian leader extended on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, especially to the families of the victims, deepest condolences for this irreparable loss, as she wished for the speedy recovery of the wounded.

“We received with shock and sadness news of the gruesome murder of at least 50 persons and injury of 53 others in a shootout on the morning of Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida,” President Sirleaf indicated.

She added: “As we reflect on this horrific act of cruelty, we reserve no hesitation to condemn all acts with semblance of terrorism and support international efforts to, as a matter of priority, stop this scourge.”

The Liberian leader hoped that as the people of the United States go through this difficult period of national mourning, the Almighty God will grant President Obama and the people of the United States strength, courage and fortitude.


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.