President of the Republic of Benin, Mr. Boni Yayi, has pledged to send 800 soldiers to fight alongside Nigerian troops.
The visiting president who addressed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with his host at the presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, stated that the soldiers were battle ready. He added that Benin Republic would always stand by the government of President Buhari to ensure he succeeds in office.
He said, “President Buhari took over the mantle of government at a time terrorism occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram is high”.
“To fight terrorism, Benin is ready to send about 800 men to join the men that are already prepared to fight terrorism. The team is battle ready for deployment”.
“The will power is there and Benin is committed to deploying the men. Benin will always remain on the side of Nigeria in its trying times”.
“The subregion is also going through serious problems of development. Fighting Boko Haram is becoming difficult because OPEC countries are going through oil crises”.
“We will always stand beside Buhari in his fight against corruption.”
In a statement by Mr. Femi Adesina about what transpired during the closed-door meeting stated that president Buhari tasked Yayi on transparent polls next year February.
“Whatever happens in Benin is of particular interest to Nigeria because we are very good neighbours. I will like to congratulate the President of Benin for successfully completing two terms in office, and his plan to hand over power after the elections in February,’’ the President said.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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