Vice President Joseph Boakai
VP Boakai Sees Late During As ‘One Of The Best Protocol Officers’
By Prince S. Nagbe, LINA
MONROVIA, January 20 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph Boakai has said the late Ambassador J. Adolphus During was “one of Liberia’s best Chief Protocol Officers who will always be remembered.”
He was speaking to journalists following the signing of the Book of Condolence for the late former Chief of Protocol of Liberia in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia on Wednesday.
VP Boakai said the level of diligence the late During exhibited while serving his country was “exemplary and outstanding.”
“I will always remember him because of the bond that existed between both of us and because of the uniqueness he brought to the job. I will miss him because he was also a kind, religious and principle-minded person,” Vice President added.
He then urged the family to “take heart, remain stronger than ever before and place the situation into the hands of God, because He is the giver and taker of life.”
Meanwhile, the son of the late former Chief of Protocol, C. Raphael During Sr. has said the death of his father has left “a big vacuum in the family that will be very difficult to fill.”
He noted that though the family was down as a result of the loss, they also felt honored to see the Vice President abandoning his schedule to go and sign the Book of Condolence of their late father.
The Ambassador During died on December 28, 2015 at the Aspen Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia at age 72.
He served as Chief of Protocol of Liberia from 1980 to 1990 under former President Samuel K. Doe and from 1997 to 2003 under former President Charles Taylor.