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UN sends Obassanjo to Liberia to help in peaceful transition of power

Former football ace George Weah has won that race to replace Africa’s first elected woman President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

FILE: Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. Picture: United Nations Photo.

JOHANNESBURG - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sent former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to Liberia to help in that country’s peaceful transition of power.

Former football ace George Weah has won that race to replace Africa’s first elected woman President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Official results have yet to be announced in Liberia.

But the outcome is so cut and dried that world leader, including President Jacob Zuma, are congratulating Weah.

It’s imperative that the loser, outgoing Deputy President Joe Boakai, accept defeat and allow Liberia’s first peaceful transition of power since 1944.

Ensuring that happens, is top of Obasanjo’s to do list.

The four Liberian presidents before the incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf either died in office or were forced into exile.