President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Congratulates Buhari On Inauguration
MONROVIA, May 29 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his inauguration as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.
According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, the Liberian leader and entourage arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport outside Abuja in the early morning hours of Friday.
President Sirleaf joined 49 other Heads of State and government to witness the smooth, peaceful and democratic transition of power in Africa’s most populous country.
“Today’s inaugural ceremony testifies to the deepening of democracy across the African Continent and confirms how far our Continent has travelled from its dark days of wars and coup d’états as means of political transitions,” President Sirleaf said.
The Liberian leader then praised the roles of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, the contesting parties and the people of Nigeria for this inspiring example.
According to the dispatch, President Sirleaf also held discussions with her Guinean and Sierra Leonean counterparts, Presidents Alpha Conde and Ernest Bai Koroma.
The three Mano River Union (MRU) leaders discussed matters pertaining to the ongoing to effort to rid the MRU of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
It can be recalled that the World Health Organization on May 9 declared Liberia Ebola-free, while neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea are hopeful of following in Liberia’s step.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s newly-inaugurated President Buhari has assured his African counterparts and other dignitaries from around the world that Nigeria will continue to play the leadership role that Africa and the world expects of his country.
“I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century”, Nigeria’s 16th Head of State promised.
Liberia’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Information, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and Lewis G. Brown, accompanied the President.