Former head of Sierra Leone’s military regime – Valentine Strasser is seriously ill

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 January 2019:

Sierra Leone’s former head of the military regime which overthrew the APC government of president Joseph Saidu Momoh in 1992 – Captain valentine Strasser, is seriously ill at the Aspen Medical Hospital in the capital Freetown, where he was visited last Saturday, 5th January, 2019, by president Julius Maada Bio..

According to report from State House, president Bio assured the former Head of State that his government will do everything it takes to help Strasser regain his health.

The president has instructed and given executive clearance for Strasser to be evacuated for medical treatment in Ghana.

The Commanding Officer at the Military Joint Medical Unit – Lt. Col. Dr Stephen Sevalie told president Bio that the former Head of State suffers from Peripheral Artery Disease which is affecting the left leg.

Dr Sevalie said that the former Head of State will require a surgery by a vascular surgeon to re-establish blood supply.

Sierra Leone does not have a vascular surgeon and as such the former Head of State will need to be flown out. “I want to thank the President who has shown great care and support to his comrade and former Head of State, since Strasser was first admitted at 34 military hospital three weeks ago, until his transfer to the Aspen Medical Hospital,” Dr Sevalie said.

The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr Alpha T. Wurie, who also accompanied the president to the hospital, confirmed that government is finalising arrangements for the former Head of State to be flown to Ghana for medical treatment as soon as possible.


  1. Good work Mr President for helping the retired soldier and former head of state. But Mr president there are also other retired soldiers out there who are suffering with similar problems. Please find the war wounded.

  2. It is good to know that the former head of state Captain Strasser had a successful nine hour long surgery on his left leg a few days ago. Get well soon. God bless.

  3. This is statesmanship of the highest order and a fine example to the rest of the world to look forward rather than back and to remember that we are all fellow human beings. Sierra Leone has a fine leader.

  4. Good leadership ability Mr President. Thanks very much for your humanity. God will continue to guide you in leading the country in a positive direction.

  5. Thanks to President Julius Maada Bio for your help and support towards a colleague and friend Rtd capt.Valentine Strasser. May God bless you!! Wishes of a speedy recovery for Rtd. Capt Valentine Strasser

  6. I remember far back in 1992, in a town called Blama Small Bo Chiefdom, when we stood in line for the whole day waiting for Strasser to pass. Things change with time. Wish you speedy recovery.

  7. Good job Mr President, it could be you tomorrow. This great Capt did his part in the history of our country let’s accord him that respect.

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