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A visiting team from the Nigerian National Defense College has arrived in the Country on a one – week study tour to get firsthand information on lesson learned from the Liberian civil war.

Liberia’s Defense Ministry says in a press statement issued in Monrovia Monday, 25 February that the information on lesson learned from the Liberian civil war could be used for future crises prevention in West Africa.
The study tour is being held under the theme: “The Role of the Military in Democratic Governance, and National Development”.

In a round table discussion with officials of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Ministry of National Defense, Deputy National Defense Minister for Administration, T. Olandrus Dickson recounted what he termed as the “Dark history” of the Armed Forces of Liberia during the Liberian civil crisis.”


According to Minister Dickson, the dark history of the AFL contributed to the dissolution of the force in 2006.

He informs the team that the new Armed Forces of Liberia, which was created as the result of the dissolution of the army in 2006, is now contributing to the overall national development of the Country.
Minister Dickson says the Liberian Military is now part of regional process to restore peace and security in some parts of Africa.


He explains that the AFL as a “Force for Good”, is more focused on building relationship with the people of Liberia by engaging in productive programs in order to build public confidence in the new army.
He lauds the Nigerian Military for its overwhelming support to the formation of the new Liberian Military, stressing that Nigeria’s contributions to the AFL has placed the army in a position to contribute to the rebuilding process of the country.


He further states that as part of the rebuilding process, the AFL is currently involved in the reconstruction of roads, hospitals, medical outreaches and other civil activities around the country.

Commenting earlier, Armed Forces of Liberia Chief of Staff, Major General Prince C. Johnson, III, commended the Nigerian Defense College for including Liberia in the tour of five countries in Africa.
He assures the Nigerian Military delegation that AFL will continue to remain steadfast and do away with acts that will undermine its professionalism in the development of the Country.


The Liberian Army Chief of Staff says the AFL is cognizant of its past history that made the Liberian military the seventh worst faction in the Liberian civil war according to the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.
He assures that the army will therefore promote values that will enhance democratic governance and national development.

nizant of its past history that made the Liberian military the seventh worst faction in the Liberian civil war according to the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.
He assures that the army will therefore promote values that will enhance democratic governance and national development.

For his part, the Nigerian team leader, BD Solomon, a faculty member of the Nigerian Defense College informs the Minister that they are in the Country to conduct a firsthand information on lesson learned on Liberia’s civil war that could be used for future crises prevention in West Africa.–Press release

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