Buhari congratulates President-elect George Weah

Buhari congratulates President-elect George Weah
December 29 20:47 2017

By Ahmed Idris

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Mr George Weah on his election as the President of the Republic of Liberia.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President also commended 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 equally applauds the efforts of the National Election Commission of Liberia, as well as regional and international observers who have 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, the President 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 the outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, under whose 12-year watch Liberia had 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.

He said President Sirleaf deserves special commendation for the statesmanship she has shown in ensuring free and fair elections that will pave the way for a peaceful transfer of political power from one democratically elected leader to another for the first time in 73 years.

Wishing President-elect Weah and Liberians a peaceful transition, the President assured them of Nigeria’s determination to sustain the current cordial relationship with Liberia.