Abuja - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan congratulated Sierra
Leone's President Ernest Koroma on Saturday on his re-election for
another five-year term.
Koroma's victory, which was announced on
Friday night, was "an affirmation of the trust and confidence the people
of Sierra Leone have in his capable leadership", said a statement from
He urged Sierra Leoneans to support Koroma in
moving the country forward to an era of democratic consolidation, peace,
political stability and rapid socio-economic development.
And he assured the Sierra Leonean leader of Nigeria's support.
59-year-old incumbent triumphed over his main rival Julius Maada Bio of
the Sierra Leone People's Party who trailed with 37.4% of votes.
was first elected in 2007 in an election that saw pockets of violence,
but eventually led to a peaceful transfer of power from the opposition
SLPP to his All People's Congress.