Sirleaf Struggles To Hold Back Tears - Consoles Family of Fallen Journalist; Sends Another a Get Well Wish

Wednesday, 29th November 2006
President Johnson Sirleaf consoles a son of the fallen journalist in Monrovia.
President Johnson Sirleaf consoles a son of the fallen journalist in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf struggled to hold back tears Monday night, when she paid a visit to the residence of fallen Liberian journalist Bobby Topson, at their St. Paul Bridge residence in Duala, Bushrod Island.

Crutched in the lap of the President, an 11-year old son of the deceased, Faith Topson, sobbed bitterly, as he appealed to the Liberian Leader to ensure their continued sustenance and brighter future. ďHe was everything to us, Mama,Ē Little Topson cried.

Visibly moved by the sentiments, the Liberian leader consoled the children and widow of the deceased assuring them of her personal support in ensuring their wellbeing.

The President earlier visited the Broad Street Offices of the late Bobby Topsonís NEWS Newspaper, where she signed a book of condolence. She expressed sympathy to the management and staff of the paper, describing Topsonís death as unfortunate.

The President prayed that God would grant the staff strength and solace as they mourn the loss of their colleague who she described as an honest journalist, who through his profession, contributed his share towards the peace and stability Liberia now enjoys.

The Proprietor of the News Newspaper, Professor Wilson Tarpeh, thanked President Johnson Sirleaf for identifying with them in their grief. Mr. Tarpeh assured the President that his Institution remains committed to serving the National Interest.  Bobby Topson, who is survived by his widow, Mona Topson and three children, died last week in Monrovia, following a brief illness.

In a related development, The President has sent a Get-Well Wish to Liberian Journalist, Al Johnson, who is undergoing treatment at a local health center in Monrovia.

Presidential Press Secretary, Cyrus Wleh Badio who conveyed the Presidentís sentiments, said the Liberian leader was concerned about the health condition of the journalist and wished him a speedy recovery.

Mr. Johnson thanked the President for her continuous interest in his wellbeing and prayed the God would continue to endow her with the strength and motherly concern for all Liberians, particularly the ordinary man.