Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of Benin Republic, Mr. Patrice Talon, on his electoral victory in the presidential run-off last Sunday, as announced by the Autonomous National Electoral Commission.
Buhari, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, also commended the government and people of Benin Republic on the peaceful and orderly conduct of the presidential election.
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.
The president also commend President Boni Yayi for his leadership throughout the electoral process and for his invaluable contributions to democratic governance in the sub-region, evidently demonstrated in the successful conduct of the presidential elections.
Buhari said he was encouraged by the determination and exemplary conduct demonstrated by Beninese in coming out en masse to perform their civic duties.
He said he believed that the successful conclusion of the electoral process marked an important step in consolidating democracy in the sub-region and a beacon for other African countries to emulate.
The president expressed confidence that the Beninese would give the incoming government all the necessary support to succeed even as 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 our citizens.