President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic on Thursday paid a courtesy visit to President Goodluck Jonathan. President Yayi was the first president to visit President Jonathan immediately after the elections. He is also the second president to visit Jonathan after President Mahama of Ghana in the last one week. President Yayi spent about an hour with President Jonathan.
President Yayi commended President Jonathan for exercising a high level of statesmanship. He said he was able to turnaround the economy of Nigeria to become the first economic power of Africa. He said he is a great statesman.
According to Yayi, I came to congratulate my brother President Goodluck Jonathan. He is a very great statesman. He organised the election peacefully in the largest country in Africa. To us, the election was very transparent and peaceful and coming back he took a wonderful decision by a great statesman by calling his challenges to congratulate him even before the final results were released.
‘Usually in Africa, it is rare. He gave us a very good example of democracy not only in our sub region but also in Africa and the whole would at large. My brother, we like to congratulate you on behalf of other colleagues in the sub region. He is a great statesman. He successfully managed and led Nigeria to fight Boko Haram. It is not easy.
‘Nigeria is a strong country, being able to set the pace in West Africa. Nigeria is a 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 am the President of Benin and we depend on Nigeria. What he did here is of immense benefit to us.
‘Nigeria’s decision did help all of us, all the countries of ECOWAS. It played key leadership role to resolve the problem in Mali, Guinea Bissau and everywhere. To us we cannot forget our brother President Jonathan.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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