By Prof. Al-Hassan Conteh, Ph.D, Ambassador of Liberia to Nigeria
On behalf of the President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences on the sad passing of former Chief of Army Staff and Force Commander of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Peacekeeping Force in Liberia and Sierra Leone, ECOMOG, retired Lieutenant General Victor Samuel Leonard Malu.
Lt. Gen. Malu served as Chief of Staff of ECOMOG and Commander of the Nigerian Contingent in Liberia from 1992 to 1993. He subsequently served as the ECOMOG Force Commander in Liberia from December 1996 to April 1998. After that, he served as Chief of Army Staff during the administration of His Excellency President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, from May 1999 to April 2001.
In this hour of mourning, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf extends to His Excellency Muhammad Buhari, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, and through His Excellency, to the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, especially the bereaved family, heartfelt condolences on behalf of the people of Liberia and in her own name, for the irreplaceable loss sustained.
General Malu was a decorated soldier who will be remembered in Liberia for risking everything, including his personal life, in the search for peace in Liberia.
On this sad occasion, Liberians of all ages and social strata wish to pay tribute to his selfless work in securing peace and stability in their country. He will always be remembered as a man of professionalism, discipline, and bravery, which was clearly demonstrated during the time of greatest need in Liberia.
Madame President prays that as the people of Nigeria mourn their great departed son, the Almighty Allah will grant President Buhari and the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the courage and fortitude to endure this difficult period of bereavement.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.