President Sirleaf Admits Former President Olusegun Obasanjo into the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of the Pioneer

Tuesday, 29th August 2017
President Sirleaf, fromer President   Obasanjo and Minister Kamara.
President Sirleaf, fromer President Obasanjo and Minister Kamara.
Photo Credit: EXECUTIVE MANSION
Monrovia, Liberia: Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has admitted H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria into the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of the Pioneer with the Grade Grand Condon of the Republic of Liberia at a special investiture ceremony held at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Special Investiture Ceremony and Book Launch took place on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Foreign Ministry, and presided over by President Sirleaf as Grand Master of the Orders of Distinctions. “Baba, thank you so much for accepting Liberia’s request to honor you; We cannot let you go without saying thank you; Your services to Africa, the sub-region and Liberia has been exceptional.” President Sirleaf noted.
 
In brief remarks prior to the conferral of honor, President Sirleaf recalled in 1979 when she was a junior officer at the Ministry of Finance, she witnessed former President Obasanjo voluntarily turned over power in his country. She said it was a great moment for his people. She said former President Obasanjo used his power to help Africa while stressing; many African leaders seek his advice, which she described as the highest recognition. 
 
The Liberian leader termed former President Obasanjo as a “true son of Africa” who has contributed immensely to the growth of the continent including the peace Liberia currently enjoys. She praised the former President for his tremendous contributions in helping Liberia reach to where it is today. She added: “Thank you for promoting Africa, democracy and peace as well saving us from ourselves and for being a partner to Liberia.”  
 
In remarks, former President Olusegun Obasanjo thanked President Sirleaf for the distinguished honor bestowed on him, which he said came to him as a surprise. Launching his book entitled: “Making Africa Work” said his book is not purely academic but the one that is practical and a handbook for those who are interested in the political, economic development of Africa. A considerable number of his book was distributed to majority of those who attended the ceremony. 
 
The former Nigerian President said he wants Africans do away with the shifting blames and focus on the future improvement of Africa and Africans. He called for a solution for youth unemployment and agriculture advancement in South Sahara Africa. He further urged all Liberians for embracing democracy and called on politicians to remain unwavering in rendering services to the country and the continent at large. 
 
The ceremony was attended by several senior government officials, including Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, ECOWAS Commission Vice President, Edward Singhatey, Doyen of the Diplomatic Corp, Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore and a number of Presidential candidates.
Former President Obasanjo was accompanied by Dr. Greg Mills, family members and a cross-section of the Nigerian community residing in Liberia as well as well-wishers.