President Sirleaf Consoles Family of Fallen Liberian Journalist

Tuesday, 26th December 2006
Presidential Press Secretary Cyrus Wleh Badio.
Presidential Press Secretary Cyrus Wleh Badio.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - The Executive Mansion has expressed profound regrets and sympathy to the family of fallen Liberian Journalist, Al Johnson for the loss sustained. Addressing journalists during his regular weekly Press briefing, Presidential Press Secretary Cyrus Wleh Badio, described the late Al Johnson as a decent young man, who performed his duties with a high sense professionalism and nationalism. Mr. Badio also extended heartfelt sympathy, on behalf of the President, to the Management & Staff of SKY Communications for the loss of their former workmate. He expressed the hope that God would grant the family solace as they mourn the loss of journalist Al Johnson, who died on Sunday morning following a brief illness.

Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will on Thursday hold a Year-end Press Conference at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. Thursday’s interaction with the Press is expected to be dominated by issues surrounding the President’s domestic agenda.

Managing and Senior Editors of accredited media institutions are encouraged to attend Thursday’s Press Conference which begins at 2:0’oclock in the afternoon.

In a related development, Presidential spokesman, Badio has described as ridiculous recent allegations by House Speaker Edwin Snowe, that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is behind alleged attempts by some members of the Legislature to impeach him. Responding to questions from journalists, Badio said the allegations were unfounded and without any basis, adding the President’s primary preoccupation remains the creation of jobs for the people of this country and not in petty politics. No amount of political outbursts, Badio maintained, would divert the President’s course.  If the Biblical adage is anything to go by, then we must all agree that “the wicked fleeth when no man pursueth,” the Presidential Spokesman added.

The President has meanwhile, praised citizens for remaining generally peaceful and civil during festivities marking the celebration of Christmas. According to Mr. Badio, the President lauded the security forces, particularly the Police for their visible presence in Communities and at major crossing points in Monrovia and its environs. Their visibility, the President observed, contributed to the respect for the rule of law and order which marked the occasion.