From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated George Weah on his election as the next President of the Republic of Liberia.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said in a statement, that Buhari 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.”
He equally applauded the efforts of the National Election Commission of Liberia, as well as regional and international observers who 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, President 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.
Buhari also commended 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 also noted that 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, Buhari reassured them of Nigeria’s determination to sustain the current cordial relationship with Liberia.