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Johnson-Sirleaf lauds Nigeria’s role in Liberia

By Okey Ndiribe, Addis-Ababa

ADDIS-ABABA, ETHIOPIA—The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has praised Nigeria’s role in rebuilding Liberia.

The Liberian leader made this remark while addressing newsmen yesterday in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. She described Nigeria as the biggest partner in the area of peace support operations, training of its soldiers and policemen and also providing doctors and teachers for its hospitals and schools.

She also stated that Liberia is considering ending the peace support operations in 2011, adding that peacekeepers had been reduced from 15,000  to 8,000 as Liberia’s  police and soldiers had been trained to take over.

Sirleaf in response to a question on the challenges faced by Liberiain rebuilding the country said in all four pillars of development in Liberia, there is a strong African presence.

Said she: “We have very strong African presence; Nigeria is one of our best partners, whether in training of our soldiers, providing doctors and teachers for our schools and hospitals, or whether in helping our police, Nigeria has been our very strong partners. So is Ghana and increasingly Benin Republic and others.


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