Liberian President George Weah accepted loss on Friday, recognizing opposition candidate Joseph Boakai’s advantage in the presidential contest, in an admirable demonstration of political maturity. Reno Omokri, a well-known author and former presidential spokesperson, commended Weah for her swift acceptance of the results and used it as a model for Nigeria.
Weah showed a dedication to democratic ideals by caving in before the official results were declared. With 50.89% of the vote, Boakai prevailed over Weah by 1.78%. In contrast to growing fears about West Africa’s deteriorating democracy, the former soccer star’s capitulation highlighted respect for the political process.
Omokri urged Nigeria, often referred to as the “Giant of Africa,” to draw lessons from Liberia’s election conduct. He highlighted the importance of accepting defeat gracefully, underscoring that it doesn’t diminish one’s stature but rather contributes to an honorable legacy. Comparing it to Liberia learning from former President Jonathan, Omokri emphasized that this approach fosters healing and rebuilding.
In contrast to divisive reactions seen in Nigeria after elections, Omokri pointed out that Liberia’s political landscape quickly transitioned to post-election unity. He urged Nigeria to embrace such a constructive approach for the betterment of its political discourse and democratic values.
The Giant of Africa should learn from Liberia the way Liberia learnt from President Jonathan. When you lose an election, accept it and concede. You won’t die. In fact, you will be seen as honourable. Your name will be written in gold. And your prospects would be better. Look at the manner in which George Weah conceded. Hours after the election. His supporters have not turned social media into a battleground. They have now moved to the healing and rebuilding stage. Nigeria has much to learn. Much to learn!