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Defense Minister Samukai paid homage to CIC

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Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai
Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Liberia’s Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai has paid homage to the Commanding-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia(CIC), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for being a long serving Minister for 11years in government.

“Under your leadership Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf this will be my last time standing here in this capacity.”

Defense Minister Samukai said: “Eleven years ago you appointed me as Minister of National Defense and mandated me to oversee the restructuring of the AFL into a professional force reflecting the new dispensation of our emerging democracy.”

He referred to the time of his appointment as “a critical period” especially when citizens needed to be reassured that the AFL would not be politicized.

Minister Samukai spoke at the Armed Forces Day observed Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the AFL at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia. 

He pointed out that with financial and logistical support from the U.S. Government, an irreversible process was launched.

According to him, “the process made has being transparent, based on the order of merit without any undue political influence but with the national desire for geographical representation,” he noted.

Minister Samukai described the new army as one that is bound by discipline, constitutional duty, institutional principles, integrity, professionalism and loyalty as well as having the capability to defend the country’s democracy and support the nation’s development goals.

He disclosed the setting up of the AFL Inspector General Office for the purpose of ensuring accountability and professionalism.
Minister Samukai stressed that the new office will serve as a watchdog to maintain the integrity of the command within the AFL in compliance with all rules and regulations.

“To our men and women in arms, for the past years I have had the privilege to serve you as your Minister of National Defense. This journey has not been easy as it took all that I have learnt during my 39 years in public service to achieve the achievements made at the ministry,” Minister Samukai said.

Praises for the Gallant Personnel

He praised their courage, discipline, commitment and hard work, all of which, he said, was instrumental in his success.

“Your bravery has made me humble to respect the oath you have taken to serve our country and your preparedness to make the ultimate sacrifices if need be,” Minister Samukai told the AFL officers.

Meanwhile, the Liberian leader and Commander-in-Chief of the AFL has assured Minister Samukai of her commitment to honor him as the longest serving Cabinet Minister under her watch.


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