Cotonou, Benin - Benin's President Boni Yayi has called for a strategic dialogue to overcome the sociopolitical tension in the country. He made the call Saturday in a message to the nation on the 24th anniversary of the National Conference that laid the foundation for democracy in the country in 1990.
“We should together reaffirm our engagement towards our common fatherland and our unshaken will to build peace, love and security,' the President said.
He called on his compatriots not to personalise the debates on the problems affecting the nation, and “to discus them without any prejudice or ulterior motive in order that a dialogue can be set up among the political class'.
Yayi reaffirmed his determination to continue to work for the promotion of a strategic dialogue between his government as well as the civil society and the private sector.
The Head of State said workers’ interests in this constructive dialogue should be accompanied by a responsible trade-union governance, free from opportunism.
To religious authorities, he recommended “a contribution towards reforms of culture and mentality to promote ethical, moral and spiritual values without which the common dream of Benin will be in vain.”
Benin has been in the throes of sociopolitical tension for the past several months, exacerbated since 7 Jan. by a 72-hour-strike organised by trade unions.