The President of Cote D’voire,
Allassane Quattara, on Monday said
the peaceful manner in which
Nigeria’s 2015 general elections
were conducted and the way
President Goodluck Jonathan
conceded defeat would remain a
legacy for Africa.
He said the Economic Community of
West African States owed Jonathan
a lot for taking step to forestall a
civil war in the country.
Quattara spoke with State House
correspondents shortly after a
private meeting he had with
Jonathan inside the Presidential
He said he appreciated the
President’s gesture because of the
nasty experience he had after
defeating his predecessor, Lawrent
Gbagbo, in a general election about
five years ago.
He said Gbagbo’s decision not to
concede defeat led to a civil war
that claimed the lives of about
Quattara said, “You know that about
five years ago, Cote D’voire had
elections and I won the election
and the former President decided
not to leave office.
“This brought the civil war. Three
thousand people were killed and
we were put at the hotel for
protection by the United Nations
for four-and-a half months.
“We were there without food. It
was only after four-and-a-half
months of imprisonment in that
hotel that finally, we were able to
leave the hotel after the former
President quit and finally left office
“I am saying this to show that what
happened in Nigeria is a lesson to
all of us and please accept my
“I think that avoiding violence,
avoiding civil war when we have
elections in Africa should be our
utmost objective. People are more
important than power.
Quattara said he was not surprised
at Jonathan’s decision and that was
why he decided to visit him and
congratulate him, the President-
elect and all Nigerians.
He recalled that he was ECOWAS
chairman for two years after
Jonathan and the two of them had
to deal with very difficult issues
like the wars in Mali, the terrorist
implementation in Northern
Nigeria,the problem in Guinea
Bissau and the problems in Togo.
“You were always present. For us,
you are a West African before being
a Nigerian and we thank you for
what you did for West Africa.
“We also were together to set up
the partnership agreement with
the European Union and only West
Africa has been able to do this.
“My brother, you have shown
support to me during the difficult
years I went through, you’ve shown
friendship to me all these years and
so I wanted to tell you thank you,”