Liberia officially now has a new president and is no other than George Weah, former world footballer of the year and the only African till date to clinch that award. President Weah was sworn in Monday afternoon in Monrovia in a historic event as the first peaceful transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944. Weah takes over from Noble laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 51, who has steered the West African country away from the trauma of civil war in the last 12 years.
While taking the oath of office in front of the 35,000 capacity Samuel Doe stadium, he promised to do more than his share in moving Liberia to the next stage by making prosperity and job creation the hallmarks of his presidency. He said “I will do more than my fair share to meet you expectations – but I ask you to meet mine, for I cannot do this alone.”
He also used his inaugural speech to praise Liberia’s strong ties with countries like the US and China, stressing their importance in helping reach the country’s full potential. He also spoke of the European Union, telling the tens of thousands who had gathered to watch him become president today that the continent would “always have a special place in my heart”.
Crowds queued for kilometers to reach the stadium, dancing, singing and waiving the Liberian flag as they waited.
Several heads of states and footballers where in attendance, including the last 3 generation Ghanian presidents, former Nigerian presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Abdulsalam Abubakar, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Senator Osita Izunaso, Senator Philip Aduda, Samuel Eto’o, JayJay Okocha,Jackie Appiah, John Dumelo, Van Vicker and many more.
President George Weah played for AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG as a professional footballer.