President Sirleaf Attends funeral of late Minister of Internal Affairs, Ambulai B. Johnson; Participates in Wake-keeping of 101-Year Old Madame Famatta Morris

Saturday, 15th October 2016

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Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday, October 14, 2016 joined host of government officials, family members, relatives and friends at funeral services in memory of former fallen Minister of Internal Affairs, Ambulia B. Johnson, Jr and participated in the wake-keeping of 101-year old Madam Famatta Morris.

 According to an Executive Mansion release, she led an array of senior current and former government officials at the Providence Baptist Church where she paid her last respect to the distinguished public servant, statesman and a career economist.
 
The late Ambulai  B. Johnson began his public service career as a lecturer at the Cuttington University College, now Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County. Thereafter, he served in many capacities of trust with distinction including the Department of Treasury, now the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the erstwhile Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, Department of Public Works. Later, he was appointed an Assistant Minister for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by the late President of Liberia, William R. Tolbert, Jr. The late Ambulia Johnson also served as Deputy Minister of Labour up to 1984.

The fallen Minister also served as professor at the nation’s highest institution of learning, the University of Liberia in the Finance and Economics Departments. He was later employed at the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) as an Economist and Planning Manager where he worked with other professional Liberians including former Liberian Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr. Charles Minor and Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.

Deceased Ambulai Johnson was appointed by Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Minister of Internal Affairs in 2006- where he served diligently and contributed to the setting up of Liberia’s first County Development Agenda which laid out development plans and Government’s Decentralization Action Plan for each County, the first in the governance of Liberia. He was a devout Christian, dedicated public servant, who also taught Math’s at the Lott Carey Mission School in Brewerville, Montserrado County, and was joined in holy matrimony with Miss. Thelma S. Brown in Raleigh, North Carolina, on July 22, 1995 which union was blessed with four children.

In his tribute on behalf of the Government of Liberia, Internal Affairs Minister, Dr. Henrique Tokpah described the fallen Minister as a “pragmatic gentleman”, true patriot and a distinguished public servant’ and one of Liberia’s outstanding Ministers who served his country diligently with honour and commitment to the call of duty to the nation.  

Delivering the Eulogy, Rev. Dr. Stephen Green Howard, Senior Pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, Greenville, North Carolina in the U.S.A, spoke from 1st Corinthians 15: 56 and used as theme: “ Thanks for the Days” said Liberians should live an exemplary life in order to achieve God’s glory.

Rev. Howard noted that in times of tribulation and troubles, Christians must remain strong in the things of God noting, “When God gets ready no matter the situation he will fix it”. He said death is inevitable and as such, Christians must accept death and the resurrection and as well give thanks to God for everything, even in times of death stressing, “Christians don’t die, they only changed”  He said.

He however said  the late Ambulia Johnson was a humbled man who impacted lives meaningfully and as well offered his time, life and services to the advancement of his country despite his status, adding, “ He was the man who interacted with everyone in spite of your status in society; we will all missed him”, Rev. Howard emphasized.
 
The Baptist Prelate admonished members of the bereaved families and mourners to get closer to God  especially in times like these nothing, “It doesn’t matter who you are in life, your greatest prestige in life is, and must be to help someone along the way” Rev. Howard highlighted.

The Liberian Government, in a national gazette in honor of Ambulia B. Johnson, paid homage to the fallen Minister, for his contribution in strengthening governance across Liberia and for working tirelessly to uplift his country.
The late Minister Ambulai B. Johnson, Jr. died in North Carolina, United States of America on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 following a period of illness. Subsequently, a memorial service celebrating the life of former Internal Affairs Minister Hon. Ambulai Johnson was held in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, September 30, 2016 that brought together family, friends and sympathizers of the deceased.
 
Meanwhile, the remains of the late Ambulia B. Johnson was taken to Kormah in Montserrado County, outside of Monrovia for interment.  

In another development, President Sirleaf also attended the wake-keeping of 101 years old – Madam Famatta Morris, born September 24, 1915 and died on Monday, October 26, 2016 at her residence in Clay-Ashland, Montserrado County.

In a brief tribute, the Liberian leader described the late Famatta Morris as “Blessed by God”.   President Sirleaf said she was exceptionally blessed by the many years God has given her on earth to live. She furthered: “Thank God for what he has done for her friend stressing”. She said the late Famatta Morris reminds me of my grandmother whenever I visited her at her home went I went on my farm, noting she was my friend and may her soul rest in peace.

The late Famatta Morris will be laid to rest Saturday, October 15, 2016 following funeral rites at the First Baptist Church in Clay-Ashland in Montserrado County.