Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, has been lambasted by Nigerians on social media for condemning the suspension of Hadiza Bala-Usman as Managing Director (MD) of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
President Muhammadu Buhari had on May 5 approved Bala-Usman’s suspension after a reported cold war between her and Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation.
She was accused of failing to remit the operating surplus of NPA to the consolidated revenue fund (CFR), an allegation she denied.
Amaechi had inaugurated an 11-member investigative panel to probe NPA over all contracts awarded since 2016 when she became Managing Director.
However, Sirleaf in a tweet on Saturday said Bala-Usman’s suspension disheartened her.
The first female President of Liberia claimed she knew her to be an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant.
“I am disheartened to hear about the suspension of Nigerian Ports Authority MD @hadizabalausman, who I have known to be an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant,” the tweet had read.
“I urge adherence to the rule of law and fair and equal treatment as the situation evolves.”