MONROVIA, Dec 10 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has described the late form er South African President Mandela as “a great man.
He made the statement Tuesday when he led an array of government officials to sign the book of condolence at the South African Embassy in Monrovia for the fallen Mandela who died last Thursday at the age of 95.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Alex Tyler, the acting Chair of the Cabinet, Finance Minister Amara Konneh, Foreign Minister and Dean of the Cabinet Augustine Ngafuan, Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai Jr., and the Ministers of Education and Health, among others were part of the Vice President’s delegation.
The Liberian Government delegation was greeted on arrival by South Africa’s Ambassador to Liberia.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is among more than a hundred world leaders attending Mandela’s funeral in South Africa.
The Liberian National Flag is flying at half-mast throughout the country and a service was held Tuesday at the historic Centennial Memorial Pavilion as part of programs to mark the home- going of the Madiba.
Mandela spent some time in Liberia during the days of the Liberation struggle in South Africa and stayed at the home of Liberia’s former Foreign Minister, the Late Ernest Eastman, in Oldest Congo Town.
Liberia played a major role in the Liberation struggle around Africa, leading to the dismantling of colonialism in a number of countries in the 1950s and 1960s.