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Ivorian Gov’t Confers Highest National Honor On McClain Post-Humous
MONROVIA, August 23 (LINA) – The Ivorian government has conferred that country’s highest national honor post-humous on the late Liberian Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff in the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Dr. Edward B. McClain.
A Special Presidential delegation led by the Chief of Office Staff to Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara conferred the honor Monday at the funeral service of Dr. McClain in Monrovia.
The Ivorian government said the honor was in recognition of Dr. McClain’s “patriotism, devotion and loyalty in the service of mankind,” according to an Executive Mansion release.
Head of delegation, Mr. Marcel Tannoh, on behalf of the Ivorian leader, praised Dr. McClain as “a man endowed with wisdom and unmatched intellectual agility.”
Several tributes in memory of the late Dr. McClain also came from foreign governments, as well as the Presidents of France and South Africa.
The Guinean leader Alpha Conde also sent a message of condolence through the Guinean Ambassador to Liberia to the government and people of Liberia for the loss of Dr. McClain, describing him as a patriot and true son of Africa.
Several institutions of state, religious, and social groupings from across the country also paid tribute to Dr. McClain at the funeral service.
Dr. Edward B. McClain, Jr. died in his 72nd year on Saturday, July 23, at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa
He was born on November 18, 1944 and died July 23, 2016 following a period of illness.