Books of Condolence Opened for Fallen Prominent Liberians

Wednesday, 19th September 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday led members of the Cabinet to the signing of Books of condolence for three of the country’s prominent citizens.   

Speaking to reporters shortly following the signing, the President paid tribute to the fallen statesmen and woman, describing their deaths as a great loss to the country. The President spoke highly of the immense contribution the late Grimes, Matthews and Brooks have made to the country’s international relations and democracy.

Liberians, the President said, will forever cherish the contributions of the country’s fallen diplomats, and noted that the country will remain forever grateful for the invaluable services they have rendered the country and its people.

Responding to questions of criticisms in some quarters against the late Baccus Matthews for the 1979 rice riots, the President said the events more than 25 years ago, served as a catalyst for the kind of  multi-party democracy that Liberia can now boast of, ‘thanks to Mr. Matthews’ tireless efforts.’

The books of condolence were opened on Wednesday at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia to mourn the loss of the death of the country’s longest serving Secretary of State, the late Rudolph Grimes, Mrs. Angie Brooks Randolph, Liberia’s first Associate Justice and first female President of the 24th General Assembly of the United Nations, as well as political activist and former Foreign Minister, Gabriel Baccus Matthews.