Defense Minister Resigns Amidst Continuous Protest from Wives of AFL Soldiers

(Monrovia) – The Minister of National Defense Retired Major General Prince C. Johnson has resigned his post due to increasing tension from protesting wives of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia.
The retired ALF Chief-of Staff ascended to the post of Minister of National Defense following his confirmation hearing at the Liberian Senate on February 9, 2024 on Capitol Hill.
But, since his confirmation by the Liberian Senate, the wives of soldiers of the AFL have set up roadblocks on major streets including the Roberts International Airport road, demanding his resignation.
The Defense Minister however, tendered in his letter of resignation to Liberian leader Joseph N. Boakai today, February 12, to help save the face of the government which has lasted less than four weeks in power.
Retired Major General Prince C. Johnson said his decision to resign was due to the current political and civil disturbances orchestrated by women believed to be wives of servicemen; stating that his resignation was meant to preserve the peace and security of the state.
However, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, has received and accepted the letter of resignation of the recently confirmed Defense Minister.
President Boakai expressed gratitude to Minister Johnson for his invaluable service to the country and described him as a patriot.
The Liberian leader however, has instructed the army to ensure all those impeding the free movement of people and vehicles to immediately remove themselves and allow the government to resolve their grievances.

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