Former Nigerian chief says Liberian transition good for democracy



    By Harrison Arubu
    Former navy Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), on Sunday counseled the continuing peaceable democratic switch of energy in Liberia.

    Abubakar advised the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the event was one other testimony of the fast development and improvement of democracy within the continent.

    The former chief spoke shortly after arriving in Monrovia for Monday’s inauguration of Liberia’s President-elect, George Weah.

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    “It is a pleasure to see that in our area democracy is rising from power to power.

    “Liberia is a sister nation to Nigeria, and through the Liberian disaster, the world is aware of the sacrifice Nigeria made on this nation when it comes to human and materials assets.

    “I commend the Nigerian authorities, the troops and Nigerians who supported Liberia through the disaster to reach at at the present time.’’

    Abubaka, who led an ECOWAS mediation group that negotiated the organising of an interim authorities in 2003 after the Liberia civil battle, mentioned the nation was expensive to his coronary heart.

    The interim authorities headed by Charles Bryant, a mild-mannered and politically obscure businessman, oversaw the election that produced outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2005.

    He suggested the incoming administration to deepen democracy within the nation and maintain the peace loved below Johnson-Sirleaf inside her 12-year tenure.

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    “It is an curiosity for me because the mediator to see the work we did is blossoming from power to power.

    “That’s why after I had the invitation of each the outgoing President and the president-elect to attend this inauguration, I didn’t hesitate to return.

    “The incoming ought to construct on what his predecessor has finished, and in addition to widen the sector of democracy.

    “He ought to study from his brothers and sisters within the area; his brother Heads of State and Heads of Government.

    “He shouldn’t draw back from in search of recommendation and help so as assist this nation,’’

    Liberia is witnessing its first switch of energy from one democratically elected president to a different in additional than 70 years.

    The nation held peaceable normal elections in October and a presidential run-off ballot in December that noticed Weah, an opposition candidate, defeating incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai.

    NAN studies that the previous head of state arrived in a presidential jet, which touched down on the Roberts International Airport in Monrovia at 10:42 a.m.

    He was acquired on the VIP wing by the Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Mr James Dimka, and the Force Commander for the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Maj.-Gen. Salihu Uba.

    Abubakar is among the particular dignitaries from Nigeria to grace the inauguration ceremony holding on the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia.

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is anticipated to characterize President Muhammadu Buhari on the event, in line with Nigerian embassy officers.

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; President of the Senate, Mr Bukola Saraki, and Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, are additionally anticipated to attend the ceremony.

    Meanwhile, preparation is in prime gear to host dignitaries coming for the inauguration and to place up a befitting present for the primary switch of energy from one democratically elected president to a different.