Outgoing Military Chief of Staff Receives Nation's Highest Military Distinction

Friday, 8th June 2007
Lt. General Yusuf receiving the honor at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia as House Speaker Hon. Alex Tyler looks on.
Lt. General Yusuf receiving the honor at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia as House Speaker Hon. Alex Tyler looks on.
Photo Credit: James Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has conferred the Honor of Distinguished Service on Lieutenant General Luka Nyeh Yusuf, outgoing Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

At a conferral ceremony on Friday, the President thanked Lt.Gen. Yusuf for performing his duty and building bridges between Liberia and Nigeria. The President, according to an Executive Mansion release, described the performance of Lieutenant-General Yusuf, as a reflection of the appreciation of the Nigerian government and thanked the West African nation for allowing Lt.Gen. Yusuf to serve Liberia.

In response, Lt.Gen. Yusuf thanked President Johnson Sirleaf for the honor, noting that he sees himself more a Liberian than a Nigerian. The outgoing Chief of Staff also thanked the Ministry of National Defense family for its support and cordial working relationship during his tour of duty.

Lt.Gen. Yusuf has been recalled by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to serve as Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army.

The ceremony was witnessed by UNMIL Boss Alan Doss, the Cabinet, members of the diplomatic corps and officials of the Nigerian Community in Liberia.

The Honor of Distinguished Service is the highest distinction Liberia confers on a soldier for bravery and valor. It was enacted into law in 1910 by an act of the National legislature during the Presidency of Arthur Barclay.