Goodluck Jonathan, a former Nigerian President has on Friday advised Liberia’s new President-elect, George Opong Weah, to maintain his policy of open-mindedness in his new position.
He also congratulated Weah for winning the second round of the keenly contested presidential election in Liberia.
The former President also commended Liberians for demonstrating the willingness to give democracy a chance.
Jonathan, who has just returned from Monrovia after leading the National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission to Liberia, posted the goodwill message to Weah on his Facebook page, saying: “I congratulate the declared winner, Mr. George Weah.
“I urge him to continue as he has started, with an open arms policy. Everybody is a winner when democracy wins. And democracy has won today.
“Throughout my political life, I have lived by the creed that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of their citizens. I am most grateful to the nation of Liberia and especially the candidates – Mr. George Weah and Mr. Joseph Boakai, for living up to this creed.
“As co-leader of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission to Liberia for these elections, I salute the zest for democracy of the Liberian people.”
Weah, a former soccer star and standard bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in the presidential election was declared winner on Thursday after garnering over 60 percent of the votes in the election runoff held on December 26.