United States President Donald Trump referred to President Muhammadu Buhari as ‘lifeless’ after both leaders met in April, a report by Financial Times has revealed.
Concise News recalls that the Presidency and President Buhari’s supporters celebrated the visit of the Nigerian leader to his US counterpart.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, had said the visit to the US was an endorsement of the current administration by the American government.
“No matter how Nigerians take our own country, this is hugely an important country and this recognition is being manifested in this visit,” Shehu had said.
Also, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had described the visit as a sign of the growing cooperation between the US and Nigeria.
“He (Buhari) is the president of the most populous country in Africa, the president of the country with the largest economy in Africa. And I think it’s probably the fact that the world is now understanding that Nigeria is very strategic not just to the sub-region but the entire Africa,” Mohammed had said.
However, that meeting ended with the US President saying he never wanted to meet someone as lifeless as Buhari again, the newspaper reported, citing three persons familiar with the matter.
This new narrative is a contrast to what Trump said of Buhari at a joint press briefing held after their bilateral talks.
President Trump said he would love to visit the West African country which he described as one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The US President also commended Buhari for the war against insurgency and the fight against corruption.
Meanwhile, the American and the Nigerian governments have yet to react to the publication as at the time of filing this report.