President Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday said that Nigeria played a significant role in the restoration of peace to the war-torn country.
She said that Liberians will continue to show Nigeria gratitude for staying with the country throughout the trying moment.
According to President Sirleaf who spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital, ” I bring you message of gratitude from the people of Liberia because of what you did for us to have the peace we enjoy today. Nigeria contributed a whole lot, you prayed with us, cried with us and died for us. So Nigeria is a part of what we are today”.
Earlier the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, honoured her with a Chieftaincy title of “ADA DI OHA NMA” .
The Chairman of the Council, Eze Samuel Ohiri, who presided over the colourful ceremony at the Eze Imo Palace, said the decision to confer the title on the visiting President was in consideration her outstanding contributions to the restoration of peace in her country and the African sub-region.
He said that it was a way to encourage her and other African women who have contributed to the development of Africa, especially the education of indigent African children, adding that she has done Africa proud .
President Sirleaf had arrived at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport where Governor, Rochas Okorocha, his wife, Nneoma and other Senior government functionaries.
The Liberian President was driven straight to the Eze Imo Palace at Mbari Street in Owerri where she was Conferred with the title.