President Sirleaf Commissions Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia; Admits Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala of Nigeria into the Humane Order of African Redemption

Friday, 9th December 2016

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Monrovia, Liberia-Friday, December 9, 2016:President Ellen Johnson Sirelaf has commissioned three senior officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), recognizing their exemplary roles in professionally serving and defending the country. She described their performance as satisfactory since taking over from Nigerian Major General Abduramah who served the nation as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia during the restructuring process of the AFL.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Special Commissioning and Investiture Ceremonies took place in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium on Friday and were presided over by the President Sirleaf, the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia. She commissioned and promoted Daniel Dee Ziankahn, the Chief of Staff of the AFL to the rank of Major/General; Prince C. Johnson, III as Deputy Chief of Staff with the rank of Brig/General and Davidson Forleh as Commander of the 23rd Infantry Brigade with the rank of Colonel.

President Sirleaf noted that since assuming leadership roles of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Major/General Daniel Ziankahn and his fellow Liberian officers have diligently and professionally served the nation. She commended Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., for his role in professionally exercising leadership over the AFL which has led to the demonstration of loyalty, commitment and professionalism by the Liberian High Command headed by Major General Ziankahn and his colleagues.

Speaking on behalf of the newly commissioned officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Major General Daniel Ziankahn recalled the transfer of leadership to the Liberian officers about three years ago, when he, Brig/General Prince C. Johnson, III and the late Eric Dennis were commissioned by President Sirleaf cautioning them not to let the country down. He assured President Sirleaf that they remain committed to the leadership of the country and the people of Liberia and pledged to do everything possible to serve and protect the state. During the ceremony, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the late Major General Abduramah and the late Col. Eric Dennis.

Also on the same day, a Special Investiture Ceremony was called for the conferral of distinction on former Nigerian Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala by President Sirleaf, Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Dame Grand Commander.

President Sirleaf pointed out that the ceremony was a long awaited one in honor of a champion for African women. “Ngozi is a real leader and a true champion not just for Nigeria but for the whole of Africa. She has demonstrated a strong sense of patriotism, commitment, integrity, sincerity and competence. While at the World Bank, she was there for us when it all started in 2006 when Liberia was at the ground floor, to where we are today; you are an example of  real competence” President Sirleaf said. 

She congratulated Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for her diligence and for being an example of women who have set examples of competence, integrity, commitment and patriotism in all that she undertook while serving not just as a Managing Director of the World Bank but as a great friend of Liberia.

The Liberian leader recognized the role of the former World Bank official in resolving Liberia’s debt crisis from the Nigerian Government under the Nigeria Trust Funds at the AfDB. “You were instrumental in helping Liberia on the debt crisis by taking our case to the Nigerian parliament and the President of your country at the time. You have actually been a champion for professional African women on the continent and because of that, Liberia wants to give you an honor and we want to see you continue as the light in the darkness for the rest of Africa.”

President Sirleaf acknowledged Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s role in collaborating with the Paris Club to successfully write off Nigeria’s debts to the outside world during her tenure as the Minister of Finance of Nigeria.

 

Responding, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala indicated that she was completely overwhelmed by the honor bestowed upon her by President Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia. “I am very overwhelmed for receiving this honor for two reasons: Firstly, because I am being recognized by a woman who is highly recognized and respected by the whole world. The kinds of respect that she commands from around the world are overwhelming and like to congratulate her for her leadership. Secondly,this is the first time that I have been in Liberia in many years, particularly Monrovia, to be cut up in traffic jam like I  was in Lagos speaks of real progress here”, she noted.

The Nigerian former Finance Minister mentioned that despite some tough time faced by Liberia, including the civil war and ebola crisis, she was impressed about the changes that have taken place and the progress made under President Sirleaf.

“President Sirleaf is an amazing grace under pressure. An amazing grace that has shown fortitude and leadership despite the challenges she has been through as a leader” Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala pointed out. She commended President Sirleaf and the Government for the honor, noting that she and her family will forever remember Liberia for the honor, thanking the Liberian leader who she referred to as her mentor and hero. 

The Ceremonies were attended by senior government officials including members of the Cabinet, Legislature, the diplomatic corps among others.

 (Monrovia, Liberia – Friday, December 9, 2016)President Ellen Johnson Sirelaf has commissioned three senior officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), recognizing their exemplary roles in professionally serving and defending the country. She described their performance as satisfactory since taking over from Nigerian Major General Abduramah who served the nation as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia during the restructuring process of the AFL.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Special Commissioning and Investiture Ceremonies took place in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium on Friday and were presided over by the President Sirleaf, the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia. She commissioned and promoted Daniel Dee Ziankahn, the Chief of Staff of the AFL to the rank of Major/General; Prince C. Johnson, III as Deputy Chief of Staff with the rank of Brig/General and Davidson Forleh as Commander of the 23rd Infantry Brigade with the rank of Colonel.

President Sirleaf noted that since assuming leadership roles of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Major/General Daniel Ziankahn and his fellow Liberian officers have diligently and professionally served the nation. She commended Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., for his role in professionally exercising leadership over the AFL which has led to the demonstration of loyalty, commitment and professionalism by the Liberian High Command headed by Major General Ziankahn and his colleagues.

Speaking on behalf of the newly commissioned officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Major General Daniel Ziankahn recalled the transfer of leadership to the Liberian officers about three years ago, when he, Brig/General Prince C. Johnson, III and the late Eric Dennis were commissioned by President Sirleaf cautioning them not to let the country down. He assured President Sirleaf that they remain committed to the leadership of the country and the people of Liberia and pledged to do everything possible to serve and protect the state. During the ceremony, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the late Major General Abduramah and the late Col. Eric Dennis.

Also on the same day, a Special Investiture Ceremony was called for the conferral of distinction on former Nigerian Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala by President Sirleaf, Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Dame Grand Commander.

President Sirleaf pointed out that the ceremony was a long awaited one in honor of a champion for African women. “Ngozi is a real leader and a true champion not just for Nigeria but for the whole of Africa. She has demonstrated a strong sense of patriotism, commitment, integrity, sincerity and competence. While at the World Bank, she was there for us when it all started in 2006 when Liberia was at the ground floor, to where we are today; you are an example of  real competence” President Sirleaf said. 

She congratulated Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for her diligence and for being an example of women who have set examples of competence, integrity, commitment and patriotism in all that she undertook while serving not just as a Managing Director of the World Bank but as a great friend of Liberia.

The Liberian leader recognized the role of the former World Bank official in resolving Liberia’s debt crisis from the Nigerian Government under the Nigeria Trust Funds at the AfDB. “You were instrumental in helping Liberia on the debt crisis by taking our case to the Nigerian parliament and the President of your country at the time. You have actually been a champion for professional African women on the continent and because of that, Liberia wants to give you an honor and we want to see you continue as the light in the darkness for the rest of Africa.”

President Sirleaf acknowledged Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s role in collaborating with the Paris Club to successfully write off Nigeria’s debts to the outside world during her tenure as the Minister of Finance of Nigeria.

 

Responding, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala indicated that she was completely overwhelmed by the honor bestowed upon her by President Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia. “I am very overwhelmed for receiving this honor for two reasons: Firstly, because I am being recognized by a woman who is highly recognized and respected by the whole world. The kinds of respect that she commands from around the world are overwhelming and like to congratulate her for her leadership. Secondly,this is the first time that I have been in Liberia in many years, particularly Monrovia, to be cut up in traffic jam like I  was in Lagos speaks of real progress here”, she noted.

The Nigerian former Finance Minister mentioned that despite some tough time faced by Liberia, including the civil war and ebola crisis, she was impressed about the changes that have taken place and the progress made under President Sirleaf.

“President Sirleaf is an amazing grace under pressure. An amazing grace that has shown fortitude and leadership despite the challenges she has been through as a leader” Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala pointed out. She commended President Sirleaf and the Government for the honor, noting that she and her family will forever remember Liberia for the honor, thanking the Liberian leader who she referred to as her mentor and hero. 

The Ceremonies were attended by senior government officials including members of the Cabinet, Legislature, the diplomatic corps among others.