President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Sirleaf Keen On 2017 Elections
By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA
MONROVIA, February 22 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told the Nigerian media that her administration will ensure the holding of an election in which the choice of the Liberian people will prevail in 2017.
The Liberian leader also promised that as the country prepares for the 2017 presidential and general elections, she will utilize the available time on hand to concentrate on the completion of the administration’s development agenda.
President Sirleaf made the statement during her recent one-day state visit to Nigeria when she granted an interview to the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) after holding bilateral talks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
“After completing my development agenda, I will then ensure that we do have peaceful, free and fair election that is managed properly and that the Liberian people’s will prevails in the election of the next leader,” she vowed.
She noted: “As I will have a say, I will make sure that I promote and support the person who I want to succeed me.”
Commenting on relations between the two West African countries, President Sirleaf lauded Nigeria’s support to Liberia and described the ties as “a very strong relationship.”
“As a matter of fact, Nigeria helped to restore peace to Liberia; they’ve trained our new professional army and today, the largest contingents in the peacekeeping force are Nigerians and they are well respected; those are things we always thank the Nigerian people for,” she indicated.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has expressed the hope that bonds between Liberia and Nigeria will increase in terms of better trade and investment relationship noting, “ And that’s one of the reasons why I was trying to just exchange views with President Buhari earlier today.”
During her visit, the Liberian leader discussed several issues with her Nigerian counterpart, including government’s development plans, the 2017 elections and her successor, Liberia, Nigeria relations and the global economy as well as politics.