“We Will Give ‘Executive Horn’ Befitting Burial,” -President Weah

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Pres. Weah sympathizes with the bereaved family of the late Gabriel Wilson, commonly known as "Executive Horn." Photo Credit: Executive Mansion.

President George Weah says he feels overwhelmed with grief and is personally touched by the death of Gabriel Nyaneti Wilson, a staff of the Ministry of State (MoS) for Presidential Affairs and with whom he had interacted on the morning of the Sunday he died, an Executive Mansion release has said.

The President, who visited the New George Gulf residence of the bereaved family on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, in order to sympathize with the deceased’s relatives, said he had a special relationship with the late Gabriel Wilson, popularly known as “Executive Horn,” and it was unfortunate that he died barely a year of “my presidency.”

“Let me share what he said when I first met him blowing a horn sometime before I became President,” the President said. “He said, ‘I will die behind you,’ after our interaction.”

President Weah meanwhile expressed condolences to the bereaved family, and assured them that the government would work with them to give the late Wilson a memorable burial.

“This is a sad day for us,” the President said, adding: “These are trying times for us. On Friday we buried a Deputy Defense Minister. On Saturday, we lost Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, and on Sunday, we lost Gabriel Wilson and Victoria Wlue, who turned out to be my family member.”

He recalled the brief interaction he had with “Executive Horn” early Sunday at his residence, after Wilson joined his colleagues for the trip to Gbarnga that turned fatal.

The late Wilson was one of two persons who lost their lives on Sunday, February 10, 2019, as a result of a tragic accident involving a land cruiser jeep assigned with the Executive Mansion Press and a vehicle belonging to Cllr. Wilkins Wright, on the Gbarnga-Monrovia highway.

President Weah emphasized government’s incalculable appreciation for the fallen MoS employee’s immense contributions to the state. He had served as an officer of the Special Security Service (SSS), now Executive Protection Service (EPS), and later turned traditional horn blower for the presidency.

The late Wilson will be honored by swathing the national ensign on his casket. Besides giving him a befitting burial, Weah also assured the family of government’s commitment to provide the necessary assistance to the deceased’s children for as long as possible.

President Weah also granted the request of the late Wilson’s family to take his remains to his birthplace in Cavalla, Maryland County. The family thanked the President for showing up at their residence, for the special attention and support the government has been rendering them since the incident, and for accepting to grant the family’s wish for burial in the countryside.

Earlier, President Weah paid a visit to the home of the late Victoria Wlue, who also lost her life riding in the car which the government claimed intruded into the presidential motorcade, triggering the accident.

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  1. A wise person once said, “We are not here to play, or, here to daydream, or here to drift the time away.
    We have too much work to do and too much burden to bear; shun not your responsibilities—face it with great determination….it’s God’s gift to show leadership.”

    First, it’s very painful to watch tragedies after tragedies in Liberia. Some of these tragedies are preventable only if government officials pay more attention to these life and death situations.

    It might sound insensitive. However, soon after the grieving stops, it is back to business as usual for these government officials: not until another preventable death comes knocking in the Halls of the Legislature.

    These government officials will be right back traveling abroad for medical treatment instead of investing that money in Liberia’s deplorable health care system and coming up with stringent roads and traffic regulations that could save more lives.

    Such lackadaisical (don’t care) attitude on the part of Liberia’s government officials have to stop. Many Liberians, rich and poor, are dying too young.

    There is sanity in life no matter how rich or poor one economic status is. We all should be treated with human dignity.
    May the souls of the fallen (those involved in the presidential motorcade escorts, and those poor people entrapped at the collapsed gold mine) rest in peace.

    Part 2.

    Mr. President, this reminds me of the saying, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”

    Too many young Liberians are dying! It’s time to take drastic actions to stop the bleeding.

    Leadership is a great responsibility. Leadership is not about showmanship. Most especially in a country like Liberia that is still recovering from many years of destruction. The responsibility to rebuild this war torn country is enormous, and it rests on your leadership.

    Rwanda that went through a horrible fate similar to Liberia has made tremendous strive while Liberia’s leaders, since the war ended, seem to lost their way. Rwanda is gearing up to have the largest smartphone production plant (Maraphone) in Africa. It’s booming economically.

    Also, Tanzania has just opened a US$53 million soft drinks plant (Sayona). Investments are flowing into those countries because of the growing economic climate and political stability they offered.

    With many senseless and preventable deaths: many due to poor traffic regulations; poor infrastructures; high illiteracy rate; high unemployment, and poor health care….it is time for Liberian government officials to take their responsibilities of governing seriously.

    As the proverbial expression goes, “The roosters are coming home to roost.” Too many lawmakers, despite their fat salaries, are dying too early from preventable diseases. The health care system in Liberia is deplorable!

    Again, may the souls of Mr. Gabriel Wilson (aka, Executive Horn); those who lost their lives in the tragic accident, and those forgotten poor miners entrapped under the collapsed mine and those who died in the mine rest in peace.

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