President Sirleaf Receives Letters of Credence of Nigeria’s Female Ambassador to Liberia
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Wednesday, July 11, 2012) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence from Nigeria’s first female Ambassador to Liberia, Her Excellency Mrs. Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf received the new Nigerian envoy at her temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, July 11.
Speaking during the brief ceremony, the Liberian leader complimented the excellent relations subsisting between the two West African countries dating back to the early 1960s. She noted Nigeria’s immense assistance to Liberia in the areas of health, education, the economy and, most especially, the peace that the country now enjoys.
“I may say Nigeria can take credit for our peace because before the United Nations intervened during the time of our conflict, Nigeria, through ECOMOG, actually came in and stopped us from destroying ourselves,” President Sirleaf said, noting that since that time, the relationship has grown from strength to strength by each succeeding Nigerian President. In recent times, she named Nigeria’s contribution to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); to the training of a new, restructured Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL); providing doctors to our health institutions; and teachers to our schools, amongst others.
President Sirleaf hoped that through the efforts and instrumentality of Ambassador Obi-Nnadozie, much will be done strengthen this relationship.
For her part, Ambassador Obi-Nnadozie said the ties that bind Nigeria and Liberia are strong and her Government expects her to strengthen those ties and further relations in the socio-economic, political and cultural spheres.
She was honored, she said, that out of about 116 million Nigerians, she was chosen by Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, to represent Nigeria in Liberia. “I am excited at the prospects of enhanced relations between our two countries,” she said, adding that her focus would be to help Liberia rebuild the “years the locusts had eaten” especially those years of the civil war. She was also excited at interacting with President Sirleaf, someone she personally holds in high esteem.
As Liberia’s Foreign Policy focuses on “Economic Diplomacy,” the new Nigerian Ambassador promised to work with the Government to seek ways of improving the economic well-being of Liberians by attracting Nigerian investors to the country.
Ambassador Obi-Nnadozie, who replaces former Ambassador Ebenezer Adigun, has two decades of experience in the Nigerian Foreign Service. She last served as Director/Head of the Global Institutions Division, Department of International Organizations, in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She earlier served as Director of the North and Central American Division at the same Ministry.
The new Nigerian Ambassador holds a Master of Arts Degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University, in the United States of America.