Benin Polls: Buhari assures Talon of peaceful resolution

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with Senior Cabinet Minister, Secretary General to the Office of the President of Benin Republic, Mr. Pascal Irenee Koupaki
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with Senior Cabinet Minister, Secretary General to the Office of the President of Benin Republic, Mr. Pascal Irenee Koupaki

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured his Benin Republic counterpart, Patrice Talon of a peaceful resolution to the issues surrounding the general elections.

On Tuesday, President Talon sent a special envoy to Nigeria to deliver a message to President Buhari on the country’s political situation.

The special envoy were received by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa.

The delegation from the Republic of Benin was led by Mr Pascal Irenn Koupaki, the special envoy of President Talon who delivered the correspondence.  

Mr Koupaki was accompanied by Mr Aurelien Agbenonci, the Beninese Minister of Foreign Affairs and other officials.

In his remarks, Prof. Osinbajo said Nigeria looks forward to a peaceful and amicable resolution of the political situation in Benin Republic.

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Prof. Osinbajo assured the delegation that he would convey the message from President Talon to “his brother.”

He said: “ President Buhari looks forward to a peaceful and amicable resolution of the ongoing political issues in Benin Republic.”

Earlier, Mr Koupaki said the delegation was at the Presidential Villa to present two memos from President Talon to his Nigerian counterpart, President Buhari on the issues surrounding the general elections in Benin Republic.

He said the Beninoise leader sent the message to the Nigerian leader “as a big brother that deserves to know what is happening next door.”

Also present at the event was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mustapha Suleiman, other officials at Nigeria and Benin Republic’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

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