Buhari to deliver lecture on security in Liberia


President, Buhari will on Tuesday depart Abuja for Monrovia, Liberia to, among other things, deliver an address bordering on West Africa's security, free and fair elections and respect for rule of law." 

He will also join other African leaders as Liberia marks a Special Independence anniversary. 

The trip to Liberia takes place at least two days after footage went viral showing terrorists beating the remaining 43 of the over 61 passengers who were abducted from a train bound for Kaduna on March 28. 

The footage included an escapee from the attack on the Kuje Prison on July 5.

The militants in the video threatened to kidnap both the President and Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State.

But Shehu, who revealed that Buhari is traveling to Liberia, Tuesday, July 26, said, "the trip signifies the importance attached to the security and wellbeing of Liberia and the rest of West Africa." 

The statement read in part, "On this day, Liberia marks a Special Independence anniversary, commemorating 175 years of self-rule, with the country being the oldest independent post-colonial African State.

"President Buhari is the Special Guest of Honour at the celebration and will deliver an address. 

"The trip to Liberia comes at a time when political instability and the return of coups-d’état have upended two to three decades of democratic order in the sub-region.

"Liberia, Sierra-Leone along with Nigeria are going into elections in 2023 and President Buhari is expected to emphasize to them the importance of free, fair and credible elections."


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