Presidents Sirleaf, Buhari Hold Talks On Liberia-Nigeria In Abuja -
Abuja,Nigeria – Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria have called for the strengthening of fraternal bonds between the two countries.
Speaking during a Media Stakeout following bilateral discussions in Abuja, Nigeria Tuesday, February 16, 2016, the two leaders called for a more concerted effort in the areas of trade, investment, security and international affairs.
A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says President Sirleaf thanked President Buhari and the people of Nigeria for his country’s “longstanding partnership and support to Liberia particularly in bringing and consolidating peace and security in Liberia”.
According to the dispatch, she called for the actualization of the Joint Commission between the two countries as an effective platform for tangible cooperation in socio-economic development for the benefit of the peoples of both nations. The Liberian leader also offered sympathy to Nigeria for the “horrible tragedy” terrorism has wrought upon the people of Nigeria and urged a more concerted regional and international campaign to defeat terrorism.
Also speaking, President Buhari thanked President Sirleaf for her wise counsel on various issues of international concern. He thanked President Sirleaf for her leadership which has brought peace, stability and economic growth to Liberia. The Nigerian Leader decried terrorism as an evil which must be eradicated through stronger regional and international cooperation. He then reaffirmed Nigeria’s support to Liberia’s peace, stability and economic growth.
President Sirleaf was accompanied by the new Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Marjon Kamara and Hon. Eugene Nagbe.
The President and entourage were met upon arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport outside Abuja by the Nigerian Minister of State, Hon. Hajia Khadijah Abba Ibrahim and Honorable Mohammed Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Prof. Al-Hassan Conteh, was also on hand to receive the President and her entourage. Ambassador Conteh led an array of members of the Diplomatic Corps in Abuja as well as other diplomatic officers at the Liberian Embassy.
Chief (Dr.) Opral M. Benson, Liberia’s Honorary Consul in Lagos and Chief Cliff O. Nzereum, Protocol Attaché for the Embassy in Lagos as well as Justice Micah Wright of the ECOWAS Court of Justice were also at the airport to receive the President and her ministers.
Also, the Liberian Community in Abuja who turned out in their numbers, welcomed the President and her delegation upon arrival at the airport, the dispatch concludes.