L/R: Nigeria’s President Buhari and Liberia’s president-elect Weah

ABUJA, Nigeria – President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria last weekend congratulated Liberia’s president-elect George Manneh Weah on his electoral win.

The Nigerian leader described the Tuesday, December 26 conduct of Liberia’s presidential run-off election  as “another plus on Africa’s democratic scoreboard.”

In a prepared statement issued last Friday, the Nigerian Buhari praised the Liberian people on the peaceful conduct of the historic presidential run-off election, marking the first ‘peaceful transfer’ of power since 1944.

Buhari also praised the efforts of the National Election Commission of Liberia, as well as regional and international observers who have given immensely to the electoral process and in the strengthening of post-conflict democracy in Africa’s oldest independent republic.

Buhari defined President-elect Weah’s victory as “an affirmation of the will of the Liberian people to remain united, peaceful and prosperous.”

Weah won the presidential runoff election with 61.5 percent of the total votes cast, symbolizing a total of 732,185 votes.  The December 26 presidential election makes Weah as Liberia’s 25th president when he takes office in mid-January.