Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday hosted South African President Jacob Zuma, who paid a one-day official visit to the West African nation.
The private Channels TV reported that shortly after his arrival in the capital city of Abuja, President Zuma went into talks with his host at the Aso Rock presidential villa.
After the hour-long talks, President Zuma told state house correspondents that both leaders discussed issues of regional peace and security, among others.
He said it was important to align with Nigeria on certain issues that concerned both countries and indeed the continent, especially as President Jonathan was billed to visit South Africa very soon.
According to President Zuma, the continent would soon be observing the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union (AU), hence it was important that Nigeria and South Africa exchanged views on what to do to move the union forward.
Relations between Nigeria and South Africa were strained last year when the latter deported 125 Nigerians for allegedly travelling with fake yellow cards.
The issue was, however, amicably resolved after South Africa apologised to Nigeria.