Ellen Congratulates Nigeria on 55th Independence Anniversary

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the occasion marking that country’s 55th Independence Anniversary, which is to be observed today, Thursday, October 1.

In her message to her Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, President Sirleaf on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia and in her own name, extended heartfelt congratulations and best wishes through President Buhari to the Government and People of Nigeria as they celebrate their historic day today.

She also expressed Liberia’s gratitude to the Nigerian Government for its enormous contributions to peace and security in Liberia, and the post-conflict recovery including the sending of Nigerian doctors and teachers; an intervention critical to achieving full recovery.

“Our bilateral cooperation took a momentous level by the numerous contributions made during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia”, President Sirleaf recalled.

She acknowledged with sincere thanks and appreciation the major role being played by Nigeria in reforming Liberia’s security sector through training.

She further stated that Liberia and Nigeria will continue to work together in furtherance of the principles of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations for the promotion of regional and international peace, security and economic cooperation amongst all nations.

“As the People of Nigeria celebrate another year of Independence, I entertain the hope that the strong historic and cordial ties of friendship and cooperation that have long subsisted between our two countries and peoples will be further strengthened under your leadership for the mutual benefit of our peoples,” President Sirleaf said.

She also prayed that the People of Nigeria will continue to enjoy economic growth under President Buhari’s illustrious leadership and that the Almighty Allah will endow him with abundant wisdom and strength as he leads his people to sustainable peace and greater prosperity.

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