Pres. Sirleaf Eulogizes Tubman
–Says He Started Path To Development
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has eulogized Liberia’s longest serving president, the late William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman. Incumbent Liberian leader on November 29, 2017 laid wreath on the tomb bearing the remains of the country’s 18th President; she performed the wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the late Statesman’s 119th Birth Anniversary.
A dispatch from the Executive Mansion said,the Liberian leader was joined by family members of the late Pres. William V.S. Tubman’s on Thursday, November 29, 2017 at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmum Street in Monrovia.
“We have come to memorialize Pres. Tubman for starting the country on the path of development, democracy, freedom, the fight against colonialism, sustained peace and stability,” Pres. Sirleaf noted.
She described the late Liberian leader as one loved by the people; who steered the
Country through an era of sustained peace, cohesion and stability for nearly three decades of Liberia’s history; she declared in spite of anti-Tubman criticism.
According to the Liberian leader, she was pleased and blessed to fulfill such humbled obligation of wreath-laying since her ascendancy and noted that her administration has been able to solidify the peace during its 12 years reign by embarking on and scrupulously implementing criticalnational agenda.
Speaking briefly on behalf of the family, the son of the late President William V.S. Tubman – Mr. John Tubman thanked Pres.Sirleaf and the government for according respect to the memories of their late father and Statesman.
Meanwhile, Liberia’s Foreign Minister Olubanke King-Akerele read a historical letter written on May 7, 1971 – to the late President Tubman by the Federation of Women in Sierra Leone. The letter paid tribute to President Tubman for his heroic determination and fortitude for a legislative enactment – granting women adult suffrage and the right to vote.
The letter further passionately recognized scores of Liberian women who made history, including Mae Padmore, Elizabeth Collins, Angie Brooks-Randolph, among other. Interestingly, the letter also predicted the election of a female President to unmask the jinx of “Mr. President versusMadam President.” The letter is available to the public at the National Museum on Broad Street.