Africa’s Who Is Who in Football and Politics are gathering in Liberia’s capital Monrovia, where former football star, George Weah will be formally inaugurated as President today.
Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, are among Africa’s political heavyweights that arrived Monrovia on Monday morning for the swearing in of the President-elect.
Obasanjo’s plane touched down at the Roberts International Airport at 8:01 a.m. (9 a.m. Nigerian time) while Saraki arrived at 9:02 a.m.
On hand to receive them were the Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Mr James Dimka; Force Commander for the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Maj.-Gen. Salihu Uba, among other officials.
Speaking to newsmen, Obasanjo said he was proud to witness a peaceful democratic transfer of power in Liberia considering the huge sacrifices made by Nigeria for peace and stability in the country.
“I am very happy over what is happening in Liberia today and I congratulate my brothers and sisters in this great country,” he said.
Saraki was accompanied by Senators Philip Aduda and Osita Izunaso.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo arrived minutes before the senate’s helmsman.
Former Super Eagles midfielder, Austin Okocha, was among the international soccer stars already in the country.
Okocha arrived at 9.54 a.m. into the warm embrace of soccer fans and government officials from other countries that fell over themselves to take photographs with the football legend.