The former Chief of Defense Staff Lt- General Retired Samuel Omar Williams was on Sunday January 9, 2017 laid to rest at the military war grave Regent Road Lumley West of Freetown after his brutal murder by unknown assailants.
During an inter-faith funeral service for the late man aged 62 at the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Hockey Pitch Wilberforce Barracks, several distinguished personalities read solemn tributes.
In his tribute to the late man the Chief of Defense Staff Lt. Gen. John Milton said the brutal and barbaric murder of the deceased on December 22, 2017 was a shock to the army and the people of Sierra Leone. He said the deceased made history as the first Lt-General to be ever appointed in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, a position he held before his retirement in the force eight months ago. He described the deceased as a professional military officer, disciplined, hardworking and accomplished personality, noting that he was the first to come to the office and last to go home from 7am to 7pm. He encouraged his colleague soldiers to emulate the good example of the late man in serving the army, as he was a model. Concluding he said let us love one another, let us unite and let us be patriotic and consoled all and sundry over the sudden and brutal death.
While delivering a tribute his eldest son called for his father to be remembered with the erection of a statute at a prominent location across the country.
Also reading a tribute was a close friend of the deceased retired Colonel Bashir Conteh who described the brutal death of the deceased as shocking to the army and people of Sierra Leone and implored the Inspector General of Police to speedily bring to book perpetrators of the barbaric act.
The Vice President of the Albert Academy Secondary School Alumni Association Albert Yarteeh expressed shock over the sudden demise of Samuel O Williams and spoke of the deceased’s contribution towards the development of the school. He applauded his unwavering contribution towards the school by installing the gate of the school compound and was also very instrumental in making his voluntary contribution towards the school projects.
The sermon and final prayers were done by Bishop Dr. Mike Peper which was followed by Muslim prayers led by the Forces Chief Imam after which internment at the Military War Graves formed the climax of the event. A 21 gun salute was given in his honor.
The late Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Samuel Omarr Williams was enlisted into the army in 1977 at the age of 23. He held several command and staff appointments before he became the nation’s Chief of Defence Staff. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
He wedded Umu Williams, a very hardworking Fullah Lady in Kono who played a very significant role in his life and converted him to Islam.
He is survived by his wife two boys and one girl
By Saidu Bah
Tuesday January 10, 2017