President Goodluck Jonathan and the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, have met for the first time after last week’s presidential election.
The two leaders met behind closed-doors at the Aso Rock presidential villa Friday. Both sides are expected to commence transitional processes ahead of the May 29 date for the transfer of power.
Mr. Jonathan lost Saturday’s election to Mr. Buhari, and conceded defeat, the first time an incumbent Nigerian leader would do so.
In a telephone call to Mr. Buhari ahead of his official declaration as winner, President Jonathan urged the incoming president to make time for their teams to meet and commence transitional processes.
Friday’s meeting, described by officials as “private”, held at the new Banquet Hall inside the President’s office. Details of the meeting were not made public.
Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati, confirmed that the meeting took place.