The meeting was held at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, and Cote De Ivorie President Allasene Quattara, met to discuss issues of mutual interest.
Buhari arrived at about 6.35 pm while the Ivorian president arrived shortly after in company with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II, Senator Musliu Obanikoro, and they immediately went into a closed-door parley.
The meeting was scheduled for 6 pm but was delayed as both of them did not arrive at the scheduled time.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, Quattara said by conceding defeat and congratulating General Buhari (rtd), President Jonathan had set an example for other African leaders.
“I have come to Nigeria to congratulate my brother, the President-elect Buhari, for his brilliant election and to let him know that the process of this election has effect on all of us in African countries, the peaceful process is a lesson for all African countries.
“You will recall that in my own country in 2010 when we had the presidential election, the former president did not want to leave office and this led to civil war with 3,000 people killed, so we are very proud of the Nigerian people.” said Quattara.
He said he would like to see more collaboration between Nigeria and his country in the area of regional integration.
Hence, he said his country would work hand-in-hand with Nigeria for stronger integration of the West African region.
“Nigeria is very important to all of us and I think I met Buhari a few years back, we will continue to work together to make sure that the West African region and the people of the region seek more prosperity and better lives,” he said.
Before his meeting with Buhari, the Ivorian president had held talks with President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said he appreciated Jonathan’s gesture because of the nasty experience he had after defeating his predecessor, Lawrent Gbagbo, in a general election about five years ago.
Commending President Jonathan, the Ivorian president said he was not surprised by Jonathan’s gesture because he had earlier helped in the peace process in Mali, Togo and other African countries.
Speaking on his discussion with Ouattara, Buhari told newsmen:
“All I did was to thank him very much for coming to congratulate us and I think more specifically is to congratulate President Jonathan for his statesmanship because President Ouattara referred to his own experience where he was under siege for more than four months because his predecessor refused to acknowledge his winning. In Nigeria the opposite happened, hence we are enjoying the peace, so I specifically congratulate President Jonathan for his statesmanship.”