President Buhari also commended the Government and people of Benin Republic on the peaceful and orderly conduct of the presidential election.
The Nigerian leader saluted the courage and statesmanship of Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and presidential candidate of the ruling coalition in upholding the democratic process by promptly congratulating his main challenger, Mr Talon, on his electoral victory.
President Buhari also commended President Boni Yayi for his leadership throughout the electoral process and for his invaluable contribution to democratic governance in the sub-region, evidently demonstrated in the successful conduct of the presidential elections.
He said he was encouraged by the determination and exemplary conduct demonstrated by Beninese in coming out en masse to perform their civic duties.
“The successful conclusion of the electoral process marks an important step in consolidating democracy in the sub-region and a beacon for other African countries to emulate,” President Buhari stated.
He expressed optimism that the Beninese would give the incoming government all the necessary support to succeed while reaffirming that Nigeria, as a beneficiary of the dividends of democracy, would continue to build strong partnerships with its neighbours for the peace, progress and prosperity of our citizens.
The result of the Benin Republic’s Presidential election was announced by the Autonomous National Electoral Commission earlier on Monday.