By Abdullahi M. Gulloma
President Alassane Quattara of Cote D’Ivoire has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking Nigeria out of recession, saying that the leadership of the country is important to the socio-political well being of the African continent.
Quattara said this yesterday in Abuja when he addressed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with the President.
“The leadership of Nigeria is quite important to all of us which is something that is obvious but I think it needs to be said. President Buhari has shown a great leadership with the fight against Boko Haram, insecurity in the sub region and also on economic matters.
“I expressed to him the fact as an economist and having worked in Nigeria many years ago, I am impressed by the measures which have been implemented to lift Nigeria out of recession.
“Nigeria has seen sharp drop in the price of oil and Cote D’Ivore has also experienced an important decrease in the price of cocoa. As you are all aware, Cote D’Ivore produces 40 per cent of world cocoa two million tons and the price dropped early this year by 40 per cent.
“So, I expressed to him my admiration for all the measures which have been taken to lift Nigeria out of recession and to wish all the Nigeria people well because our sub region has made a lot of progress over the past few years and we need to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Cote D’Ivore and Nigeria. This is what we discussed and we have committed ourselves to do so,” he said.
He said they discussed how to strengthen existing bilateral relations between Nigeria and Cote D’Ivore, and that President Buhari had accepted to be part of the African Union summit slated for the end of November in Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire.
Outtara also stressed the need to deepen democratic governance in the sub-region, saying his meeting with President Buhari focused on political situations in Togo and Liberia.
“We also discussed the situation in Togo and situation in Liberia on those we have complete consensus on how we should go about to strengthen democracy in our sub region,” he said.