…Defense Minister Designate
By A. Omaska Jallah
Defense Minister-designate Daniel Ziankahn has said his appointment by President George Weah was an offer that he could not have turned down.
He said his refusal could be a serious disrespect to the Office of the President.
Speaking Wednesday when he appeared for confirmation hearing at the Liberian Senate, Ziankahn said although he is young to be retired from the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), but his refusal to serve as Defense Minister is treasonable.
Ziankahn, former Chief of Staff of AFL, was appointed by President Weah after his inauguration on January 22, 2018.
He told members of the senate committee that his retirement from the army was not a bad decision made by the President, noting that the President sees it befitting for him to serve as the Defense Minister of the country.
Questioned about the AFL salary cut, the minister-designate responded that though he was not a signatory to the consolidated account, but he authorized the usage of said fund.
He, however, said the money should be restituted as was recently recommended by the Board of Inquiry.
At the same time, Ziankahn said his performance at the Ministry of Defense will not be by surprise, considering that he knows the challenges faced by soldiers, adding that he foresees good leadership under his administration at the ministry.
He, however, appealed to the Legislature for additional budgetary support to the soldiers.