President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, on his electoral victory in Sunday’s presidential run-off as announced by the Autonomous National Electoral Commission.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President.
Buhari commended the government and people of Benin Republic on the peaceful and orderly conduct of the presidential poll.
He saluted the courage and statesmanship of Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and presidential candidate of the ruling coalition in upholding the democratic process by promptly congratulating his main challenger, Talon, on his electoral victory.
He also commended President Boni Yayi for his “leadership throughout the electoral process and for his invaluable contribution to democratic governance in the sub-region, evidently demonstrated in the successful conduct of the presidential elections”.
The President said he was impressed and encouraged by the determination and exemplary conduct demonstrated by the people of Benin Republic in coming out en masse to perform their civic duties.
According to him, the successful conclusion of the electoral process marks an important step in consolidating democracy in the sub-region and a beacon for other African countries to emulate.
Buhari expressed the hope that the Beninese would give the incoming government all the necessary support to succeed.
He reaffirmed that Nigeria, as a beneficiary of the dividends of democracy, would continue to build strong partnerships with her neighbours for the peace, progress and prosperity of its citizens.