Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Tuesday led an array of Government Officials to sign the book of condolence for the fallen Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela at the South African Embassy here in Monrovia.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Alex Tyler, the Acting Chair of the Cabinet and Finance Minister, Amara Konneh, Foreign Minister and Dean of the Cabinet Augustine Ngafuan , Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and the Ministers of Education and Health among others formed part of the Vice President’s delegation.
The mood in the hall was somber as South Africa’s Ambassador greeted the officials of the Liberian Government who had queued to sign up the book of condolence.
Scores of journalists witnessed the signing and after the ceremony, Vice President Boakai spoke to newsmen describing Nelson Mandela as a great man.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is among more than a hundred world leaders at Mandela’s funeral in South Africa.
The Liberia National Flag is flying at half mask throughout the Country and a Service has been planned for the Historic Centennial Memorial Pavilion as part of programmes to mark the home going of the Madiba.
Nelson Mandela spent some time in Liberia during the days of the Liberation struggle in South Africa and stayed in the Home of Liberia’s Former Foreign Minister, the Late Ernest Eastman, in Oldest Congo Town. Eastman was also one of the architects of the erstwhile Organization of African Unity, the OAU, now and the AU.
Liberia’s contribution to the Liberation struggle around Africa cannot be overemphasized and it is well noted in history.