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Northern Liech state mourns death of spiritual leader


May 1, 2016 (JUBA) - Authorities in the newly created Northern Liech state have issued a statement expressing sympathies and condolences to family members and relatives of the departed spiritual leader, Dhiador Turoal Thaibany.

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Nuer traditional cultural dancers on Sunday at Bentiu Indepedent stadium in Unity state. 10 November 2013 (ST)

The spiritual leader, according to the official statement by Northern Liech government, died on 30 April in his home village of Turakiel. Officials attributed the cause of his death to a long-time illness.

“The Government under the leadership of Governor Dr. Joseph Nguen Monytuil sent out the state’s heartfelt condolences to the Greater Bentiu and particularly the family of Dhiador Turoal Thaibany, who passed away yesterday in his home village had called Turakiel. It is very untimely death and unwelcomed by the entire people of Bentiu and its authority,” the official statement from Northern Liech government extended to Sudan Tribune reads in part.

Late Dhiador Turoal, according to the official government statement, had been the centre piece that glues together the communities of Bentiu and as a visionary leader with wisdom greater beyond any measurable term.

“We the Bentiu communities have learned everything that the late had taught us in tough times and in good times. He had played his role as a responsible man surrounded by not only Leek People but the entire people from South Sudan.”

His home area in Turkiel, the statement added, is home to every person in our country, adding the Leek people in particular regret and mourn the loss of their paramount spiritual leader, who had been in number of years performed miracles that had seen people staying alive and communities staying in peace.

The statement further stated that not only Leek community will be in pain for losing a spiritual leader but the entire state and even the country.

The departed spiritual leader loved and had been survived by a number of children, wives, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and relatives. He lived his life as a hero among his community and his generation.

“He is a symbol of hope to unity among the people. He fed the hungry and shelters the needy in his home village. He is a selfless person with a heart of love and humility. Dhiador had been leading the Leek community and even the neighbouring communities.

The spiritual leader, according to information minister, Lam Tungwar, died at the same time when the transitional government of national unity was being sworn and at the time peace was returning to the country.

Peace has come to our dear State; I am sure because of his bright heart, he dies after seeing peace is finally here,” explained minister Tungwar.


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  • 2 May 2016 04:50, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    mourning for what? do you want him to live for 200 years! I will be thankful if I live to be 101.

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  • 2 May 2016 09:44, by Redeemer

    Nuer are terming their spiritual leaders to be peace makers but they are warmongers and that is why war will continue in Nuer land despite signed peace. My remark is not online with tribal hatred but based on reality, just give me one month and you will say I am right

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