Nigerians descend on ex-Liberian president Sirleaf over comment on NPA probe

Former Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Nigerians on micro-blogging site, Twitter, have descended on the former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf over “disheartened” comment on the suspension of Hadiza Bala Usman as the Managing Director (MD) of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the suspension of Bala Usman on the fifth of May, 2021 over allegations of failing to remit the operating surplus of NPA to the consolidated revenue fund (CFR) as well as over contracts awarded when she became director – allegations she denied.

However, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who, as directed by President Buhari, inaugurated an 11-member investigative panel to probe the NPA over the allegations.

Although the probe is ongoing, Madam Sirleaf, who on her twitter handle, @MaEllenSirleaf, said, “I am disheartened to hear about the suspension of Nigerian Ports Authority MD @hadizabalausman, who I have known to be an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant. I urge adherence to the rule of law and fair and equal treatment as the situation evolves.”

Meanwhile, miffed by the ex-Liberian president’s comments, some Nigerians took to the social media to take the ex-president to the cleaners, arguing that it was not ideal for Sirleaf to make comments on a probe whose outcome is yet to be ascertained. Below is some of their tweets: @nwaegbe_nkem wrote: “Hello Ma. I am trying to understand this your tweet honestly.

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