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"I declare publicly today that transforming the lives of all Liberians is the singular mission and focus of my presidency. While we work to grow the Liberian economy, expand our revenue base, medium term aid would be needed to support projects that would be critical to our long term growth", he said.

Oyintiloye made the submission in Osogbo, Osun State capital, following the victory of the first and only African to emerge world's best footballer, George Opong Weah, in the just-concluded presidential election in Liberia.

"The successful election that will not only see to the historic transfer of power from one democratic government to another in Liberia in about 73 years, but also the transfer of power from a ruling party to the opposition, is a giant stride for democracy and stability in Liberia and the entire West Africa".

Buhari issued a statement Friday that also commended the Liberian people "on the peaceful conduct of the historic presidential runoff election".

Their Coalition for Democratic Change party received 61.5 percent of the final tally, beating Vice President Boakai's Unity Party which got 38.5 percent of the votes, NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya said.

"Weah honored Sirleaf, calling her 'the Iron Lady of Africa" and promising to 'build upon the institutional gains" her administration has made.

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Weah replaced Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president, who was a joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for fighting for women's rights.

"I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience", he said.

"This election has strengthened the frontiers of democracy in Liberia, and it is our hope that it will lead to the improvement of the living standards of Liberians".

Mr Weah, 51, grew up in poverty in Liberia. "Weah's rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him 'King George". Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had "a special place in the French's hearts".

Thirty-four-old Lawrence Menden, an IT professional, said he had no doubt in the ability of Weah to "take Liberia out of the woods".

He has been senator for Montserrado County in Liberia after being elected in 2014.