Vice President Boakai Extols Fallen Legal Adviser

Wednesday, 18th November 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, has described his late Legal Adviser, Counselor Abraham L. James as a committed and trustworthy person whose death is a blow to the Liberian Government.

He further described Cllr. James as humble person who will be missed by all employees of his office.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation on November 18 during funeral services for the late Cllr. James at the Providence Church at the corner of Broad, Ashmun and Center streets.

Vice President Boakai urged the bereaved family and friends of the fallen legal luminary to take solace in the fact that Cllr. James lived an exemplary life that they all should be proud of.

In his eulogy, the Pastor of the Providence Baptist Church, Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr. lashed out at politicians who, he noted, only offer destructive criticism, but do not live by their campaign promises to contribute to the development of their country.

According to Dr. Reeves, most of our politicians do nothing for their communities until they get to power, adding, “For too long, we have put self before country. We will move forward only if all of us are committed to nation building .”

Dr. Reeves challenged politicians to draw inspiration from the late Abraham James, who, he noted, “served as an inspiration to his church and community; one who left a lucrative job abroad to return to Liberia to contribute to reconstruction of his nation.”

Dr. Reeves noted that the country would continue to languish in the doldrums until Liberians can change their mindset, and see the need to contribute and not merely sit and criticize.

Giving a tribute on behalf of the family, Counselor Emmanuel B. James, a nephew of the deceased,   described the fallen Baptist deacon as a “man of intellect, a brilliant and remarkable man of his generation, who was the cornerstone of his family. “The late Dr. James was original and  photocopy of no man; a good and decent man, and one of the most remarkable people of his generation who served his church and society faithfully ,” Counselor James noted.  He added that the late Counselor James was an “excellent person with impeccable credentials, but who never gloried in them like others.”

Counselor Abraham Lamina James, B.A, M.A, Ph.D, former Special Assistant to the late President William V.S Tubman, Legal Advisor, Office of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Acting Dean, Liberia College, Professor, Political Science and Government, University of Liberia, Foreign Service Officer, Diplomat, Administrator, Statesman, Devout Christian, Dedicated Public servant, died on Sunday, November 1, 200 following a brief  period of illness.

Following funeral service at the Providence Baptist Church, where the late Counselor James served as a deacon, his remains were on November 18, conveyed to his hometown, Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County, for interment.