Two Former Presidents of Ghana, Nigeria Visit Liberian President
Two former Presidents, H.E. General Abdusalami A. Abubakar of Nigeria and H.E. John A. Kufuor of Ghana, on Friday paid a courtesy call on Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
The two envoys were sent by the ECOWAS Chairman, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, to hold discussions with Liberian stakeholders, including the National Elections Commission and political leaders, ahead of the country’s October 11 legislative and presidential elections.
Welcoming the delegation, the President thanked the former Presidents for the visit and lauded their efforts toward peace in Liberia. “It is because of you that we have achieved this level of peace and progress,” the President said of the former Presidents, who, she added, were no strangers to Liberia.
She also recalled the constructive roles the two played in brokering peace in Liberia. “We have challenges, no doubt. Your presence here says that ECOWAS, through you, is still with us to ensure that peace prevails in our country, and we can move to the next stage of consolidating the gains and ensuring that peace and development proceed for our country,” the Liberian leader told the visiting envoys.
President Sirleaf applauded the Nigerian President for dispatching the delegation to Liberia, and assured the two envoys that her Government will ensure that free, fair and transparent elections are held and that the true verdict of the Liberian people is reflected. The President renewed her invitation to all regional and international organizations to send observers to monitor the October elections.
Former Presidents Abubakar and Kufuor congratulated the Liberian leader for the level of progress achieved in the country, and promised that ECOWAS would continue to work with Liberia to sustain the gains of peace. “Liberia is rising, and there should be nothing to dislocate the process,” President Kufuor said. He observed that Liberia has turned the corner, and that the process should continue in the right direction, peacefully, so that all would submit to free and fair elections. Politicians, he pointed out, are ambitious, “and that is not a crime, but it must be within the framework of the law.”
Former President Abubakar congratulated the Liberian President and her leadership for the progress. He said that ECOWAS was determined to ensure that the region remains on a democratic path, emphasizing that all stakeholders must work for peace and stability by ensuring free, fair and democratic elections. The former Nigerian President hoped the interaction with stakeholders and politicians would help smooth the way toward violence-free and fair elections.
Ghanaian President Kuffour Shakes Hands with President Sirleaf
The two ECOWAS special envoys arrived in the country on Thursday, and held meetings with various stakeholders in Liberia’s political process, as the country prepares for the October 11 elections.newliberian