By Jefferson D. Tweh
The Government of Liberia (GOL) last Friday held a special memorial service for the late General SurajAlao Abdurrahman at the Monrovia City Hall.
The service was attended by many, including President Sirleaf, government officials, Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh, Civil Society Organizations, high ranking officers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Nigeria Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie, Nigeria Chief of Staff, former First Lady of Nigeria, members of the diplomatic corps, the wife of the late General Abdurrahman, Haja Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman, Governors from the Federal Republic of Nigeria and others.
Speaking at the memorial service, the late General Abdurrahman’s wife, Haja Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman lauded the Government and the people of Liberia for remembering the good works that her husband did in the country.
“I am happy to see you people gathered here to have memorial service for my husband; thank you so much, and I appreciate President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for making me to have a second home which is Liberia, ”Mrs. Abdurrahman expressed with joy.
Also speaking, Liberia’s Defense Minister, J.BrownieSamukai said the memorial service of the late General SurajAlao Abdurrahman was intended to appreciate him and the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the great effort made in Liberia.
Minister Samukai said General Abdurrahman was a committed and dedicated public servant. Minister Samukai added that through the effort of the late General Abdurrahman, Nigeria has trained more personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
According to Minister Samukai, throughthe help of the late General the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has benefited immensely from the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “We will always remember the late General because he was very disciplined, hardworking, committed and helpful to us, “Minister Samukai explained.
For her part, President Sirleaf said, “We are gathered here with heavy heart to pay homage to the great one, former Commanding Officer in Charge of the Armed Forces of Liberia, and he laid the foundation and policy for the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).”
President Sirleaf said the late General Abdurrahman was a scholar, mentor, professor; dear friend and his personality exemplified good leadership because he was an honest and committed public servant.
She added that the people of Liberia will continue to remember the late General Abdurrahman for the good job done in Liberia and she prayed that God grants internal peace and comfort for the late General’s family.