Liberians and global football stars have joined together in celebrating George Weah's presidential victory in the country's first democratic transfer of power in decades, as the former striker vowed to usher in a period of change.
Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina commended the Liberian people on the peaceful conduct of the presidential run-off election.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia announced the former World, European and African Footballer of the Year as the victor, with 61,5 percent of the vote. He called Tuesday's vote "another plus on Africa's democratic scoreboard".
"Mr. Weah's election represents a victory for both him and the Liberian people, and I hope the new president rises to the occasion and leads Liberia to prosperity".
Weah is due to be sworn in on January 22, taking over from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who in 2006 took over the country founded by freed USA slaves.
"President Buhari also notes that President Sirleaf deserves special commendation for the statesmanship she has shown in ensuring free and fair elections that will pave the way for a peaceful transfer of political power from one democratically elected leader to another for the first time in 73 years".
While wishing Weah and Liberians a peaceful transition, Buhari reassured them of Nigeria's determination to sustain the current cordial relationship with the country.
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In his first public comments after his rival conceded, Weah said he was "honored to join a new generation of heads of state".
SAFA president Danny Jordaan who worked with Weah before, during and after the 2010 FIFA World Cup said he was elated for this historic moment.
Tweeting in French in response to congratulations from French President Emmanuel Macron, he added that "we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow's Africa".
Addressing supporters in Monrovia, Boakai promised to provide support to Weah, but he also reminded him of Liberia's fragile economy and the challenges that lie ahead.
Their Congress for Democratic Change party received 61.5 percent of the final tally, beating Boakai's Unity Party, which got 38.5 percent of the votes, National Election Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya said.
He is set to take office in January.