WITH JUST A year or two for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown plan, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has acknowledged the effort and commitment of the gallant men and women of the AFL to maintain an exemplary standard of the force and get ready to take the responsibility to defend the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.
THE CIC TOLD about 140 new AFL recruits on Friday, December 27, 2013 at the Camp Todee Military Academy that Liberia has made significant improvement since the end of the civil conflict and that it is time that Liberians begin the process to stand on their feet and stop relying on others to provide or render services for them.
AT EDWARD BINYAN Kesselly Military Barrack in observance of the AFL 2013 Affiliation Day, President Sirleaf encouraged the soldiers to keep the peace that the country is currently enjoying and reaffirmed government’s commitment to supporting the army.
AS WE CLOSE the doors on 2013, we want to thank the government through the Ministry of National Defense for making significant strides in building a professional army.
We therefore wish to encourage the Defense Ministry to maintain the level of discipline on soldiers in the army and commend them for the recent and past recruitment which were transparent.
LET THE MINISTRY continue the process to avoid room for mediocrity and ensure that what is being said by the CIC be taken seriously while the peacekeepers are preparing to depart the country.
IT IS OUR hope that nothing will derail the process that leads to the restructuring of our entire security sectors where men and women who have decided to take on this profession will serve and serve well. Many thanks and appreciation to the international communities and all other partners who have helped to ensure we have a professional army that would show a high degree of flexibility and loyalty supported by determination to improving individuals’ standards.
AS WE COMMEND the Government of Liberia (GOL) for the new army, the AFL as a professional army should at all times be a people’s oriented army that respects the laws of the land. In the New Liberia, our army must be obedient, have respect for constituted authorities, know that they are servants of the people and at all times ensure that lives and properties are protected as a means of keeping intact the peace and security of the nation.