President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja today (Tuesday) for Monrovia, Liberia, to attend the 175th independence anniversary celebrations of the country.

The President, who will be the Special Guest of Honour at the event, joins other world leaders and organisations to rejoice with the people of Liberia at the event with the theme, Fostering Unity, Protecting Our Peace for Development and Prosperity.

Nigeria played a leading role in the stabilisation of the West African nation in the early 90s, leading to the establishment of democratic rule.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says Nigeria has continued to assist Liberia in many ways, especially through the Technical Aids Corps Scheme.

In 2019, President Buhari was conferred with the highest national honour in the country, the Grand Cordon in the Most Venerable Order of Knighthood of the Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia, in recognition of Nigeria’s continued support for the development of the country.

President Buhari who will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, is expected back in the country later on the same day.

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