By Kemi Kasumu
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday described the security and economic cooperation between the Republics of 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 Republic 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.
According to statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, copy of which was sent to The DEFENDER, 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 neighbouring countries.
His words: “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.
“Our countries and our two peoples have no alternative but to remain close,” 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 Muhammadu Buhari for stabilising relations between Nigeria and Benin, a relationship he described as brotherly.