President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended gratitude to foreigners including the United States, People’s Republic of China, Nigeria, Norway, Germany and others that rushed to Liberia’s aid during the Ebola crisis that claimed over 3,000 lives.
In her annual message to the National Legislature on Monday, President Sirleaf confessed that Liberia’s international partners came to the country’s rescue at the time when all seemed lost as the disease was raging.
“We want to pay tribute to our African brothers and sisters, to the countries that stood by us and came to our rescue when everything seemed to be lost. We want to also express our gratitude to the international community for standing up with us in global solidarity as we faced this deadly disease,” President Sirleaf said.
She made special reference to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan and his government for their role played in assisting Liberia despite the threat of Ebola exposed to citizens of that country by a Liberian.
When Ebola broke out, Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian, travelled to Nigeria to attend an ECOWAS meeting. He became ill and was diagnosed with the disease. He died but not before infecting several of his care givers including a Nigerian doctor who also died.
President Sirleaf also acknowledged that Nigeria has helped Liberia professionally and financially.
Nigeria is on record for being the first African country to help Liberia by contributing US$500,000 to fight Ebola. Of late Nigeria contributed over US$1 million and sent scores of health workers to assist on the African Union team.
On the largest scale, the President said “The United States took the lead closely followed by the People’s Republic of China, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Cuba amongst others and joined b international development partners such as the European Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, smaller organizations and individuals.”
President Sirleaf also recognized U.S. President Barack Obama for the role played to send thousands of military troops to intervene in the Ebola crisis.