President Boni Yayi has spoken of how President Goodluck Jonathan’s concession of defeat following the Saturday, March 28, 2015 benefited his country.
President Yayi While paying a congratulatory visit to the out going Nigerian President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Benin Republic President while addressing newsmen after a closed door meeting with President Jonathan commended the President for his example to African leaders and for his conduct through out the election period.
He explained that the delayed congratulatory visit was as a result of legislative elections that held in Benin.
He applauded the President for the giant strides he had taken in the counter-insurgency fight against Boko Haram.
In his words; “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.”