Former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has said that efforts were ongoing to revive the West Africa Elders Forum and the ECOWAS Council of the Wise to ensure peaceful political transitions and stability.
The move is coming following rising political tension in the West African sub-region.
The former Liberian leader, who stated this after a closed-door meeting with her former Nigerian counterpart, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, decried the rising tension within states in West Africa.
Johnson-Sirleaf noted that the West African Elders Forum which comprises former West African heads of state, would continue to avail themselves to promote democracy and provide counsel to incumbents.
She said: “The main purpose of this visit, besides re-establishing good contact with him (Jonathan) to promote the good relationship that we have, is to discuss with him the West Africa Elders Forum, an initiative that is promoted through the President Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.
“The purpose of that is essentially to have former presidents of ECOWAS meet, to be able to promote democracy; promote safe political transition in our countries; to mitigate in those areas where there will be tension in the society; to be able to respond to requests and suggestions from heads of states who want to benefit from the experiences of former presidents and their colleagues; to make ourselves available for promotion of peace, stability and development”.
Johnson-Sirleaf added that the ECOWAS Council of the Wise, an initiative by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), was also discussed at her meeting with Jonathan.
The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) had, after the meeting said in a statement that it was pleased to receive the former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at its Abuja office.
The statement said: “Her visit was to discuss some projects and activities of the West African Elders Forum with our Chairman, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as well as seek areas of partnership between her organisation, Centre for Women Development and the GJF.