Dookeran: Theodore’s death cause for grief
Former national security minister Brig Gen Joe Theodore, was a man who always put country before self, says Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran.
In a release to the media, Dookeran, who is currently in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly, stated that Theodore’s death was a cause for national grief.
Dookeran recalled Theodore’s invaluable input in the 1990 coup attempt when the insurgents violently attempted to take over the country’s Parliament.
“I vividly recall his strategic approach, wisdom and guidance in helping to bring this blot on our landscape to a conclusion for which the world admired Trinidad and Tobago. Commander Theodore provided a strong, disciplined and calculated, military response. His paramount concern was to ensure minimum injuries and mortalities, whilst focusing on returning the nation to a state of democratic normalcy.
“This was the nature of his humanitarian spirit and love for country. Our nation will always be grateful for the manner in which he handled this grave crisis,” Dookeran stated.
“I had a very personal relationship with the late commander. His advice and support during the darkest days of our history in 1990 were nationalistic and reassuring. He always put country above self and has left an indelible mark in our history, as well as in the minds of future generations,” he continued.
Dookeran ended by extending “my deepest condolences to his loved ones, on the passing of a nation-builder and defender of our democratic way”.