President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated Mr. George Weah on his election as the new President of Liberia.
Buhari, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, also commended the Liberian people on the peaceful conduct of the historic presidential run-off election, stressing that “this is another plus on Africa’s democratic scoreboard.”
The President, on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, equally applauded the efforts of the country’s National Election Commission, as well as regional and international observers contributed immensely to the electoral process and the strengthening of post-conflict democracy in the West African country.
Describing Weah’s victory as an affirmation of the will of the Liberian people to remain united, peaceful and prosperous, Buhari pledged Nigeria’s readiness to work with Liberia on issues of mutual interest at bilateral, regional and global levels for the benefit of citizens of both countries.
The Nigerian leader also commended outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, under whose 12-year watch Liberia transformed from being a pariah state to a country doing remarkably well on many fronts, such as women and civil rights issue, peace building and consolidation, ECOWAS and the Mano River Union.
The President also noted that Sirleaf deserves special commendation for the statesmanship she has shown in ensuring free and fair elections that would pave the way for a peaceful transfer of political power from one democratically elected leader to another for the first time in 73 years.
While wishing Weah and Liberians a peaceful transition, Buhari reassured them of Nigeria’s determination to sustain the current cordial relationship with the country.