Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, congratulated the newly elected President of Liberia, George Weah, for his victory.
In a statement from the presidency, Mr. Buhari also congratulated the outgoing Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, for the peaceful conduct of the elections and development of Africa’s democratic institutuions.
The statement by the Nigerian leader reads:
“On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari warmly congratulates George Weah on his election as the next President of the Republic of Liberia.
President Buhari also commends the Liberian people on the peaceful conduct of the historic presidential run-off election, stressing that “this is another plus on Africa’s democratic scoreboard.”
The President equally applauds the efforts of the National Election Commission of Liberia, as well as regional and international observers who have contributed immensely to the electoral process and the strengthening of post-conflict democracy in the West African country.”
My very warmest congratulations to President-elect @GeorgeWeahOff. His excellence and persistence have now won him the leadership of his people. Kenya sends its very best wishes to him and his administration. We look forward to closer ties in the years ahead. Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/YZgaET8Kgh
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) December 28, 2017
Global leaders have also extended their encomiums and congratulatory messages to their newest counterpart, George Weah, after the 51-year-old was declared president-elect in the December 26 presidential runoff elections.
Beyond diplomatic correspondences that are sent away from the public view, a number of them have used social media platform Twitter to extend their felicitations.
Congratulations to @GeorgeWeahOff, most likely President elect of Liberia. His talents have made him an exceptional footballer and will certainly make him a Great Statesman. He's an inspiration for Burundi and for Africa. https://t.co/RbHXHUjF9R
— Pierre Nkurunziza (@pnkurunziza) December 28, 2017
The first to tweet was Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta who was later followed by Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza – describing Weah as a motivation to Burundi and Africa.
“President-elect Weah’s victory is a triumph of democracy. Kenya will stand with Liberia, for we believe that Pan-African cooperation will win every African the prosperity and freedom they deserve. I look forward to working with President Weah in the service of those ideals,” he added.
— Villa Somalia (@TheVillaSomalia) December 29, 2017
Since then, Somalia’s presidency, Burkina Faso’s president Roch Marc Kabore – the first in West Africa and Emmanuel Macron of France have all sent tweets of congratulations to Mr. George Weah on his electoral victory.
Congratulations Mr George Weah on winning the Liberian Presidential election. Wishing you and Liberian people all the best. Greetings from Burkina Faso. RK
— Roch M. C. KABORE (@rochkaborepf) December 29, 2017
President Macron of France also sent out his congratulatory message to President-elect George Weah, followed by football organizations and industry leaders.
Congratulations to Mister George for this election! Great moment for Liberia!
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 29, 2017
We knew George Weah way before he became President-elect of Liberia 🇱🇷 😃😃😃
Congrats to the PSG and world football legend on the latest chapter of his brilliant career!!! pic.twitter.com/19sYefLzZg
— PSG English (@PSG_English) December 28, 2017
Congratulations to the Red&Black legend George Weah on becoming the new President of Liberia! 🇱🇷 pic.twitter.com/gnL84ARc39
— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 29, 2017
— L'UEFA (@UEFAcom_fr) December 28, 2017