Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former president of Liberia, has deleted a tweet expressing congratulations to Bola Tinubu, Nigeria’s president-elect.
Her March 6 tweet, in which she charged Tinubu to champion women leaders and protect the rights of women and girls, was taken down on Thursday.
The tweet originally read, “Congratulations to @OfficialABAT (Tinubu’s official Twitter handle) on his victory in #Nigeria, and to the Nigerian people for exercising their democratic right to vote. I encourage the new President to champion #WomenLeaders in his government and to ensure that the rights of women & girls remain a priority.”
The tweet was met with mixed reactions when Sirleaf first put it out, with some Nigerians thanking her for congratulating Tinubu and some faulting her for the move.
Arguably the most unpopular president-elect since 1999, Tinubu has been faulted by opponents and several Nigerians since his victory at the polls.
There is no official statement from Sirleaf’s camp on the deletion.