Nigeria, Benin Republic ties exemplary – President Buhari

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the security and economic cooperation between Nigeria and Benin as very beneficial to both countries, noting that it should serve as a model for other countries.

Receiving the outgoing Ambassador of Benin to Nigeria, Mr Mouftaou Laleye, at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari promised to improve the historic relations between both countries on other key strategic areas for the benefit of their citizens.

The President said he was very pleased with people-to-people integration between Nigeria and Benin, adding that his administration will continue to pursue and promote friendly relations with neighboring countries.

“I don’t take neighbourliness lightly, to promote mutual interests, both strategic and tactical, you have no option but to cultivate good relations with your neighbours,” the President said.

He commended the outgoing ambassador for working hard to improve relations between the two countries in the past eight years, describing his long period of service in Nigeria as a mark of the confidence reposed on him by his country’s leaders.

In his remarks, Ambassador Laleye said that he succeeded in his mission in Nigeria because of the strong support he got from this country’s past and present leaders.

He commended President Buhari for stabilizing relations between Nigeria and Benin, a relationship he described as brotherly.