President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated Mr. George Weah on his election as the next President of Liberia.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President commended Liberians for the peaceful conduct of the election.
He also lauded the outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for ensuring credible election.
He described the election as another plus on Africa’s democratic scoreboard.
The statement read, “On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari warmly congratulates Mr. George Weah on his election as the next President of the Republic of Liberia.
“President Buhari also commends 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 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, 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 the citizens of both countries.
“The Nigerian leader also commends 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, Economic Community of West African States and the Mano River Union.
“President Buhari also notes 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, he reassures them of Nigeria’s determination to sustain the current cordial relationship with Liberia.”
Similarly, former President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Liberia’s President-elect, Weah.
Jonathan, who just returned from Monrovia after leading the National Democratic Institute International Elections Observation Mission to Liberia, posted the goodwill message to Weah on his Facebook page, on Friday.
Jonathan, advised Weah to maintain an open-door policy in his new position, saying “everybody is a winner when democracy wins, and democracy has won today.”
Weah, a retired international footballer and standard bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change, was declared winner on Thursday after the Boxing Day run-off polls by Liberia’s National Electoral Commission.
Jonathan also commended Liberians for demonstrating the willingness to give democracy a chance.
He said, “Throughout my political life, I have lived by the creed that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of their citizens.
“I am most grateful to the nation of Liberia and especially the candidates, Weah and Mr Joseph Boakai, for living up to this creed.
“As co-leader of the NDI International Elections Observation Mission to Liberia for these elections, I salute the zest for democracy of the Liberian people.”