Receives President Boni Yayi of Benin
President Goodluck Jonathan Sign Administration Of Criminal Justice Bill 2015 Into Law And Also Received President Boni Yayi Of Benin Republic At Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Tony Ailemen ,Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday signed the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill 2015 into law. This is just as the President yesterday also received President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic at the Presidential Villa, Abuja The bill, which seeks to address the challenges of criminal justice delays in Nigeria was earlier passed by the Senate on May 5th Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed in an interview with journalists on Thursday that Jonathan had signed the bill into law.Abati said the President signed the document on Wednesday, the same day he received the bill from the National Assembly.
“The President has signed the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill 2015. He signed it the same day he received it from the National Assembly. With that development, the bill is now an Act,” he said The Beninois President, speaking after visiting President Jonathan, described his decision to concede defeat after the March 28th Presidential election as “ rare in Africa” Yayi told journalists that Jonathan has always set exemplary leadership style in the African region. He said Jonathan had mediated in achieving peace in many countries such as Mali, Guinea Bissau, amongst others. Describing Nigeria’s 2015 general elections as successful and hitch free, Yayi said Jonathan’s act of conceding defeat and calling his main opponent, President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has stabilized the African subregion, adding that his own people were particularly happy with the outcome of the elections.
“I came to congratulate my brother, President Jonathan. He is a very great statesman, he organised the election peacefully in the largest country in Africa. “To us the election was very transparent and peaceful and coming back, he took a wonderful decision as a great statesman by calling his challenger to congratulate him even before the final result was released. “Usually, in Africa, it is rare. He gave us very good example of democracy, not only in our subregion, not only in Africa but also in the whole world. “My brother, we like to congratulate you on behalf of the colleague of the sub-region.
He is really a great statesman. He successfully managed and led Nigeria to fight Boko Haram. It was not easy. “Nigeria is a strong country, being able to set the pace in West Africa. Nigeria is great country and the President is a great President. Nigeria has been the first economic power in Africa. It is not easy. “I will like to thank him because I’m the President of Benin and we depend on Nigeria. What he did here is of immense benefit to us” he said. The Beninois President stressed that Nigeria is of great benefit to all African countries, adding that Nigeria has been playing leadership roles in the ECOWAS and African Union. “Nigeria’s decision did help all of us, all the countries of ECOWAS, it played key leadership role to resolve the problem in Mali, Guinea Bissau; everywhere. To us, we cannot forget our brother, President Jonathan.” Praying that God will continue to be with President Jonathan and his family in his endeavours, Yayi added that the sub-region would still count on him as the need arises.