Governor General of Papua New Guinea, has expressed profound sadness and grief at the news of the passing of the nation’s Founding Father Rt. Hon. Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.
The Governor General was informed of the passing of Rt. Hon. Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare by his doctor at midnight on Friday night.
“It is with a heavy heart that I learnt of the passing of our Founding Father at the early hours of Friday morning.”
“It is a very sad day for Papua New Guinea. We have lost our national treasure, our national icon in Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.”
“He was one of a kind unique not only to our nation but to the world as well.”
“His footsteps and legacy those of us who have come after him will never be able to fulfill.”
“We as a nation owe so much to Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.”
“His dream and vision for an independent and united Papua New Guinea has brought us to where we are now.”
“He led a group of likeminded patriotic Papua New Guineans and brought our nation to self governance and independence without war and bloodshed.”
“That on its own is a significant milestone to achieve at such a young age of 39 more than 45 years ago.”
“Grand Chief Sir Michael devoted his life and service to our nation up until his untimely passing.”
“In this time of grief and sorrow, may we also honour and celebrate Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare and inspire our children and generations to come the legacy of our Founding Father.”
“Lady Emeline joins me in conveying to Lady Veronica, Arthur, Bertha, Sana, Dulciana and Junior and grandchildren and great grandchild of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare our deepest condolences we pray that the Almighty comfort and keep you during this difficult time.”
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall, give me at that day…” 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)”