President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated Nigerin President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his colorful inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria.
According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, President Sirleaf and her entourage arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport outside Abuja in the early morning hours of Friday and 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 coups d’état as means of political transitions,” President Sirleaf said.
President Sirleaf then praised the roles of the former President, 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 challenge to rid the MRU of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
It may be recalled that the WHO recently declared Liberia Ebola-free, while neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea are hopeful of following in Liberia’s step.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s newly-inaugurated President 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.
Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and Information Minister Lewis G. Brown, II accompanied the President.