Buhari congratulates Weah on winning historic election

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated George Weah on his victory in the presidential election of Liberia.

The congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued Friday by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media & publicity.

The president commended the Liberian people on the peaceful conduct of the “historic” presidential run-off election, describing it as “another plus on Africa’s democratic scoreboard”.

He lauded the efforts of the National Election Commission of Liberia, regional and international observers “who contributed to the electoral process”.

Buhari described Weah’s victory as an affirmation of the will of the Liberian people to remain united, peaceful and prosperous.

He pledged Nigeria’s readiness to work with Liberia on issues of mutual interest at bilateral, regional and global levels for the benefit of citizens of both countries.

The president also commended 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, ECOWAS and the Mano River Union”.

Sirleaf, he said, 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.