By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
Nigeria’s Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Mrs. Chigozie Fedelis Obi-Nnandozie, has received an honor on behalf of her country from the Governor Council of Liberia and the 16 Tribes under the umbrella of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The honor is bestowed upon the Federal Republic of Nigeria for its ultimate sacrifices made during the civil conflict in Liberia.
Liberia and Nigeria presently maintain very strong friendship based on mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty and profound bilateral and international cooperation.
At a special ceremony held on Thursday, November 7, 2013, in Congo Town at the Nigeria House, the President of the Governor Council, Madam Musu Kieh Thomason made specific reference to the peace keeping roles of Nigeria in the Economic Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) that was set up by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) during the height of the Liberian crisis.
Madam Thomason told Ambassador Obi-Nnandozie to pass on their message of appreciation to Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, that the Governor Council and the 16 Tribes of Liberia are delightful for the active role of the Nigerian men and women in ECOMOG who made the sacrifice to ensure that peace and stability remain paramount for the people of Liberia.
The group also applauded the Nigerian military personnel currently serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for their selfless contributions to sustaining the 10 year of peace being enjoyed by all Liberians.
The Governor Council, accompanied by several of its members also showered praises on Nigeria for its continuous assistance to the people and Government of Liberia in a wide range of areas- education, health, transportation and other social related areas.
Receiving the certificate on behalf of President Jonathan, Ambassador Obi-Nnandozie first thanked the Governor of Council for such a great honor for Nigeria.
The Nigerian Ambassador described the honor as a blessing to her for the single seat she occupies now and a great pride for the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
When asked whether the honor was belated since indeed the civil conflict subsided over 10 years ago, Ambassador Obi-Nnandozie said, “It’s better late than never.”
“I accept this certificate on behalf of my President. It is a privilege for me to receive such an honor during my tenure for my country and I am going to pass this communication to my President,” Amb. Obi-Nnandozie told the INQUIRER in an exclusive interview.