Liberian Vice-President urges African countries to emulate Nigeria’s peaceful transition

Liberian Vice-President urges African countries to emulate Nigeria’s peaceful transition

The Vice-President of Liberia, Mr Joseph Boakai, on Monday urged African countries to take a cue from Nigeria’s peaceful transition from a sitting government to the opposition in 2015.

Boakai made the call while speaking with State House correspondents at the end of his courtesy visit to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, Nigeria’s peaceful transition is a demonstration of Africans’ craving for development rather than perpetrating conflict.

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“The transition was free and fair and there is peace in the country.

“We believe this is the way that African countries should begin to conduct business.

“I think our people are tired of conflicts.We want development and that is what we should be doing’’.

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Boakai confirmed that he would be running for his country’s presidency in the next election and expressed the hope that Nigeria would play vital role in ensuring peaceful and credible polls in Liberia.

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“I am a candidate and I can say that because for the first time in the history of our country an incumbent president has now turned the “flag-bearer ship’’ to a vice President who is contending.

“Nigeria will be so much involved. We know that for Africa now, we are looking forward to good governance, free and fair election.

“We want peaceful and stable Africa and so whatever we do have to move toward that,’’ he said.

Boakai said his visit to his Nigerian counterpart was an expression of friendship and brotherhood as well as an honour as both of them had met many times in the past outside the shores of both countries.

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“It was a very good meeting because the Vice President and I have met outside Liberia on many occasions.

“And this time around to visit him here is an honour and it is an expression of friendship and brotherhood,’’ he said. 

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