President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commended the President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi, over his decision to ensure smooth transition at the end of his tenure in March.
Buhari made the commendation during a joint media briefing with the visiting Benin Republic president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari expressed appreciation to his Beninese counterpart for being a good neighbour and for his consistency in identifying with the challenges facing Nigeria.
He said: “He is saying goodbye to us because he has agreed to abide with his country’s constitution. It is his second term, ending in March and he has made an undertaking with his country that he is going to respect the constitution of the country. He is preparing his party to produce a candidate that he will back in the elections.
“He has been very large-hearted. He has done so many things for his country in terms of security and economy.
“And I thanked him very much for his consistency in identifying with us and for being such a good neighbour and I assure him that Nigeria is very interested, necessarily, because good neighbourhood is good for our security and for our economy”.
Mr. Buhari assured that Nigeria will continue to be good to its neighbours as a deliberate policy to enhance internal security and economic prosperity in the country.
The president equally expressed appreciation to Benin Republic for voluntarily contributing troops to check the menace of insurgency across member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.