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Anyanya war veteran Joseph Lagu marks 93rd birthday

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Saturday, November 26, 2022

Joseph Lagu celebrates his 93rd birthday, surrounded by family and friends. (Photo: Courtesy).

Retired Anyanya war veteran and politician, Joseph Lagu on Friday marked his 93rd birthday surrounded by family, friends, and a large gathering of citizens.

The charismatic leader, famous for his trademark salutation “I greet each one of you one by one”, is currently the oldest surviving leader of the liberation war.

Lagu was once the chief architect of the first Anyanya movement and partook in the negotiation of the 1972 Addis Ababa Agreement.

He then became the second president of the autonomous southern region of Sudan.

The current Special Advisor to President Salva Kiir had defeated COVID-19 after testing positive with his wife in December 2020.

Senior government officials including Vice President Wani Igga, national and state ministers, and lawmakers gathered at Bari Community Center in Juba Friday to celebrate the renowned veteran.

In a message delivered by his cabinet minister, Governor Adil said the country owes exceptional dignity and honor for the strong foundation Lagu had set during the liberation struggle.

Adil reportedly donated a car to Gen. Lagu “to facilitate his movement.”

The family of General Lagu also unveiled the ‘Joseph Lagu Foundation’ which is reportedly aimed at developing sustainable generations of future leaders both in the public and private sectors.

Joseph Lagu also served as the Sudanese Ambassador to the UN between September 1990 and January 1992.

In 2006 he completed writing his memoir—Sudan Odyssey Through a State from Ruin to Hope.




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