‘Compassionate and Decisive Leader’

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Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, Wednesday, April 22, led the diplomatic staff at the Abuja Mission in signing the Book of Condolence for the late Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, Mr. Charles Gyude Bryant.

The former Chairman died on April 16, 2014, at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia after a period of illness.

Ambassador Conteh noted that Chairman Bryant served Liberia from October 17, 2003 to January 16, 2006 during a very difficult time, when the fate of the nation was at stake.

The Liberian envoy described Chairman Bryant as a compassionate and decisive leader who served diligently and believed strongly in affirmative action, justice, fair-play and inclusiveness.

Ambassador Conteh recalled that Chairman Bryant never wavered in his stance on meritorious issues under tough circumstances while negotiating with opposing groups and warring factions under a power-sharing government. “He had to implement a delicate balance in implementing the various terms of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, including the allocation of government posts.”   

Ambassador Conteh was appointed President of the University of Liberia by the late Chairman Bryant, who was then the Visitor of the University.  He served at the state run University from 2004 to 2008.

The Liberian diplomat recalled the pivotal role Chairman Bryant played in restoring peace to Liberia through his work with the warring factions, the United Nations and others in the international community for the implementation of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process that paved the way for the 2005 presidential elections that brought Africa’s first democratically elected female President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to power.

Ambassador Conteh prayed for God to grant the soul of the late Chairman peaceful rest, and expressed his deepest and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family for the untimely loss of this illustrious son to them and the Liberian nation.

Members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja have started signing the Book of Condolence opened at the Abuja Mission for the late Chairman, a process that will continue throughout the 15-day national mourning period announced by the Government of Liberia.

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