Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., has reaffirmed Liberia’s commitment to the unity of the African continent. ">

“Liberia Committed to Unity of the Continent," Says Vice President Boakai

Thursday, 15th October 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., has reaffirmed Liberia’s commitment to the unity of the African continent.

He also reaffirmed the post-war Government’s abiding faith in the leadership of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Clearly, the historic ties of friendship between Liberia and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which was formally established when Liberia recognized  Nigeria’s independence on October 1, 1960, has grown from strength to strength, within the spirit of African unity, peaceful co-existence and economic cooperation,” he said.

Vice President Boakai was speaking on the evening of October 14 at the Robert L. Johnson Hotel in Kendeja during a dinner he tendered in honor of the visiting Nigerian First Lady, Dr. Hajiya Turai Amadou Yar’Adua.

He expressed gratitude to the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for restoring  Liberia’s dignity as a sovereign state, adding, “The Liberian people will remain forever grateful to the gallant people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We salute the brave men and women who laid their lives down so that we may have ours. What a great sacrifice for a fellow African!”

The Liberian Vice President also lauded Nigeria for its assistance to Liberia in the security and human resource development sectors, saying that the Liberian Government was encouraged by the Nigerian government’s renewed commitment to assisting in Liberia’s post-conflict reconstruction initiatives, including the Poverty Reduction Strategy or “Lift Liberia.”

He informed the Nigerian first lady that the Government headed by Africa’s first elected female head of state has made significant achievements in national renewal, but observed that challenges still remain in consolidating peace and creating more employment opportunities by developing the private sector, saying, “We look forward to Nigeria’s direct investment in our private sector.”