"There is a lot of work to do in Africa to take our great continent to nobler heights, because God has not created Africa to fight war continuously that has caused us to be poor; He has endowed us with all of the natural resources," the former Nigerian leader stressed.
He made the comment at an Investiture ceremony in his honor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia on Tuesday with Liberia's Highest Honor, Grand Cordon of the Knight of Pioneer being conferred on him by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to Obasanjo, West Africa, Africa and the world require the services of African leaders who God has given the opportunity to serve their countries, the continent and the world and as such, he looks forward to seeing President Sirleaf joining them very soon after she turns over power to help Africa compete with other developed continents.
"We will be making a grave error if we do not endeavor to allow you use your wealth of experience to service to ensure that Africa's poverty can be adequately minimized, if not eradicated," Obasanjo pointed out.
The former Nigerian President lauded President Sirleaf for bestowing such honor upon him, noting that he, his family and all Nigerians are and will forever remain grateful to President Sirleaf and the Government and people of Liberia.
He recounted the exemplary role played by President Sirleaf over the past 11 years in Liberia, particularly at the time when there was a great need for leadership; when there was so much doubt; and so much that could go wrong, and she made her herself available.
"I want to thank you for making us proud for what Liberia has achieved since the end of internal hostilities; what Liberia has achieved through her leadership not only in healing the wounds internally caused by the crisis but also by strengthening democracy in the sub-region and Africa at large is exemplary," Obasanjo emphasized.
Speaking earlier, President Sirleaf recounted the numerous contributions President Obasanjo has made on the international stage in championing the cause of Africa over the years.
She also thanked him for his contributions to Liberia's achievements, especially when he served as President of Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy; the Liberian leader also outlined his role in promoting the sisterly relationship that existed between the two countries during his administration.