Nigerians react as former Liberian President expresses displeasure at NPA MD’s suspension

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A former Liberian President, Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has expressed displeasure over the suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman.

This is coming a few days after the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, inaugurated a probe panel to investigate the policies, strategies and other management activities undertaken by the suspended NPA MD during her tenure at the NPA.

Johnson-Sirleaf made this known in a statement issued through a tweet post on her official Twitter handle while reacting to the suspension of Bala-Usman.

The former Liberian President who said she had known the NPA boss to be an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant, however, called for the adherence to the rule of law and fair and equal treatment as the investigation goes on.

Johnson-Sirleaf in her tweet post said, “I am disheartened to hear about the suspension of Nigerian Ports Authority MD, Hadiza Bala-Usman, who I have known to be an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant. I urge adherence to the rule of law and fair and equal treatment as the situation evolves.”

The tweet by Sirleaf was also re-tweeted by Hadiza Bala-Usman on her verified Twitter handle on Saturday.

However, some Nigerian Twitter users have expressed disappointment and berated the former Liberian president for her statement and would rather have her stay out of it.

A Twitter user Jackson Ude asked her to respect herself and mind her own business as she would not want to be dragged down that lane.

Moses Yahmia, in his tweet post, wondered why she was questioning the suspension of the NPA MD when she had not questioned the maltreatment of port workers by APM Terminal in Liberia.

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Another Twitter user also wondering why Sirleaf was not concerned about the mindless killings going on in Nigeria but rather, the suspension of Hadiza Bala-Usman.

Moibi Adekunle echoed the same sentiment when he said that she is disheartened about the suspension of the NPA boss but not about the incessant killings in Nigeria and the kidnapping of school girls.

Another Twitter user expressed surprise at the tweet from the former Liberian President.

A Twitter user, Irebuleke questioned some of her actions as Liberian President and wondered about the PR for Nigerian government officials from another country.

Still another Twitter user said that she should rather be disheartened by the incessant killings of Nigerians by Boko Haram, bandits, Kidnappers and herdsmen.

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