Jonathan is an exemplary leader for Africa – President Yayi … meets Buhari
Jonathan is an exemplary
leader for Africa – President Yayi
… meets Buhari
The President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi
on Thursday paid a congratulatory visit to
President Goodluck Jonathan at the
presidential villa Abuja where praised him
for setting an exemplary leadership style
in the African continent.
He gave the recommendation after a
closed-door meeting with President
Jonathan saying President Jonathan
played a leadership role in Africa recalling
that the Nigerian leader had mediated in
conflicts in many countries including Mali
and Guinea Bissau.
Yayi said he couldn’t come before now to
congratulate President Jonathan for
presiding over a hitch free and successful
elections, because of the legislative
election held in Benin.
His statement: “I came to congratulate my
brother, President Goodluck Ebele
Jonathan. He is a very great statesman; he
organized a peaceful election in the
largest country in sub Saharan Africa.
“To us, the election was very transparent
and peaceful and coming back, he took a
wonderful decision by calling his
challenger to congratulate him even
before the final result was released.
“Usually, in Africa, it is rare. He gave us
very good example of democracy, not only
in our sub-region, or the continent as a
whole, but the whole world.
“My brother, we like to congratulate you
on behalf of your colleagues in the sub
region. He is really a great statesman. He
successfully managed and led Nigeria to
fight Boko Haram. It was not easy.
“Nigeria is a strong country, being able to
set the pace in West Africa. Nigeria is great
country and the President is a great
president. Nigeria has been the first
economic power in Africa. It is not easy.
“I will like to thank him because I’m the
President of Benin and we depend on
Nigeria. What he did here is of immense
benefit to us.”
He also said that Nigeria has been playing
leadership role in ECOWAS and the African
Yayi also met with President -elect, Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari, behind closed door
after which he expressed confidence in
Buhari’s ability to take up the challenge
Speaking after the meeting held at the
Defence House, Abuja, Yayi said Nigerians
elected Buhari to enhance their destiny
because of his integrity and experience as
a former Head of State.
He said 55 percent of Benin’s population
comes from Nigeria, describing the tiny
West African nation as Nigeria’s 37th
According to him, the President-elect has
the ability to take up challenges facing
Nigeria and the sub region including the
Boko Haram insurgency.
Buhari on his part thanked the
government and people of Benin Republic
for identifying with the major problems
facing Nigeria, saying “President Yayi has
voluntarily identified himself with
Nigerian government’s efforts to stamp
out insurgency in the northeast.”