President Weah Returns Following Visit to Nigeria, Says Liberia’s Gratitude To Nigeria Unending

Liberian President, George Manneh Weah and his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari

(LINA) – The President of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah, has returned to the country following a three-day visit to Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

President Weah and dozens of other world leaders on June 12 attended Nigeria’s Democracy Day and ceremonies climaxing President Buhari’s inauguration.

Buhari was inaugurated May 29, but opted to climax his inauguration with the celebration of the country’s ‘Democracy Day’ where he delivered his inaugural oration.

Presidents George Manneh Weah and Muhammadu Buhari held a tête-à-tête after which they spoke to journalists on Thursday at the Presidential Villa.

Both leaders discussed the need to solidify relations between the two nations towards advancing diplomatic ties and promoting security, trade, investments and economic advancement of their respective peoples and countries.

The Liberian leader hailed President Buhari and the people of Nigeria for holding successful elections and upholding democracy.

He said democracy is cardinal to the development and growth of any nation.

President Buhari expressed gratitude to President Weah and his delegation for honoring his invitation.

He assured the Liberian Leader of Nigeria’s commitment to harnessing diplomatic ties between the two countries and ensuring Nigerians’ investment in Liberia.

On the margins of the ceremonies, President Weah also held discussions with the Presidents of Senegal and Namibia.

The President and delegation left Liberia on Tuesday, June 11.

In  a related delated development, the Liberian leader said the Government and People of Liberia remain forever grateful to the Government and People of Nigeria for the pivotal role played in bringing about lasting peace “to our beloved country Liberia.”

He says Liberia looks forward to fostering strengthened bilateral relations with Nigeria for the mutual benefits of both nations and peoples.

Pres. Weah made the statement on his official Facebook page upon return from Abuja where he was guest at the occasion marking Democracy Day in Nigeria on Wednesday.

He thanked his counterpar,t Muhammadu Buhari, and the people of Nigeria for “such a warm reception accorded my delegation and I”, saying he was honored by the invitation.

During the difficult days of Liberia Nigerian troops contributed immensely in ensuring that peace returned to Liberia.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.