A former Nigerian President and elder statesman, Olusegun Obasanjo, has secured himself a new appointment as a United Nations envoy to Liberia.

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has sent Obasanjo to Liberia to support the transfer of power peacefully to a democratically-elected president.

As you may already know, the mineral-rich West African country of Liberia just conducted a run-off presidential election on Wednesday which produced an ex-footballer, George Weah, as President.

So, the UN is sending influential African leaders to the country to ensure smooth transition.

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Already, another Nigerian former leader and democracy icon, Goodluck Jonathan, is at present in the country, at the head of a monitoring group.

Guterres, who announced Obasanjo’s appointment as an envoy on Wednesday in New York through his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, also welcomed the peaceful conduct of the country’s second round of the presidential election.

This would be Liberia’s first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected leader to another in more than 70 years.

“The Secretary-General hopes that the will of the Liberian electorates will be respected and that a seamless transfer of power will take place within constitutional timelines,” Guterres said in a statement.

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