Religious leaders hail Justice Abel Alier, saying he is a symbol of good leadership

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[Juba, South Sudan TCT] --Religious leaders hailed South Sudanese eminent politician Abel Alier as symbol of good leadership last weekend and urged politicians to follow his footsteps.

[Juba, South Sudan TCT] --Religious leaders hailed South Sudanese eminent politician Abel Alier as symbol of good leadership last weekend and urged politicians to follow his footsteps.

Abel Alier Kwai is a South Sudanese politician and judge who served as Vice President of Sudan between 1971 and 1982 and as President of the High Executive Council of the Southern Sudan Autonomous Region between 1972 and 1978.

Bishop Paulino Lukudu Loro, Archbishop of the Catholic Church in his opening remarks at Freedom Hall in Juba during an event organized by members of Greater Bor community said that Alier is a true charisma of a good leader.

The event was held to honor him as an exemplary public servant. “Abel Alier is a good leader that served people with humility regardless of their political affiliations, and religion,” Said Bishop Lukudu.

Sheikh Juma, Muslim leader in Juba appreciated Alier’s great contributions and compared him to South African Nelson Mandela.

“We Muslims see Alier as the great epitome of unity, love and leader who works for the welfare and wellbeing of all citizens,” Sheikh Juma said.

He added, “We call on Allah to give him more years so that he can guide us in reconstruction of a peaceful South Sudan.”

“Abel Alier is a symbol of unity and reconciliation. This was manifested by the great services he offered to people of Sudan during the years of struggle,” Sheikh said.

After Sudan gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1956, Southern Sudan was not left as an independent state. This led to a deadly war and Alier played a vital role in unifying South Sudanese forces.

Justice Alier is an internationally respected judge, human-rights lawyer and activist on behalf of Christians in the Sudan.

Abel Alier at COA

Abel speaking at the Church of the Apostles, Fairfax VA. Photo Courtesy of Faith MacDonell

Religious leaders honored him as a man of principles and compared his leadership to that of South African icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

The author of “Too Many Agreements Dishonored” was born in 1933 in Magaar Village of Baidit Payam, Bor District of the then Upper Nile State in the then Anglo-Egyptian Sudan reign (current Jonglei state).

The 85 years old was tasked to head the delegation to investigate the death of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM/A) Dr. John Garang in 2005, after his plane crashed along the Kenya border.

Currently, he is serving as co-chair of the ongoing National Dialogue established by President Salva Kiir aim to restore the country trajectory after killings and suffering of people in the war-torn republic.

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