US president, Donald Trump, called his Nigeria counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, lifeless after their April meeting, claimed global business publication, Financial Times in a recent publication.
Buhari and Trump met at the White House on April 30. Both leaders discussed issues bordering on fighting terrorism and economic growth.
However, as Trump is set to welcome President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Financial Times in an article titled “Africa looks for something new out of Trump”, claimed that the US leader described his April meeting with Buhari as ‘so lifeless’, reports Punch News.
The paper added that Trump warned his aides that he never wanted to meet someone so lifeless again.
“The first meeting, with Nigeria’s ailing 75-year-old Muhammadu Buhari in April, ended with the US president telling aides he never wanted to meet someone so lifeless again, according to three people familiar with the matter,” the newspaper claimed.
Nigerians have however reacted to this statement, by expressing their diverse opinions, See the reactions from Twitter:
“If the leader of the Free World can’t stand @MBuhari and believes that he is absolutely ‘lifeless’, can Nigeria expect any cooperation from the West with Buhari in charge. We need an assertive leader who can look Trump in the eye and say NO! Buhari is not that leader #RenosDarts”
“It’s not about praising Buhari but what he’s praise on. Trump is about governance not your emotions. He’s interested in deals. He’s a business man. Your Buhari went there for photo ops while Trump was expecting him to come with proposals for bilateral issues.”
“No matter the political differences we share or the dislike we share about the present government performance, the president symbolises us as a people. Clapping for Donald Trump describing the president as lifeless, shows us as the most lifeless people.”
“Buhari’s acceptability still high, claims Yahaya Wada @WadayahayaWada:”
“All these negative comments against the President has not been able to reduce his acceptability by the people. It is high time the sponsors of all these learn their lessons that God is superior.”
“It’s disgraceful to support Trump, says Usman @UsmanWeird”
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