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Nigerians react as Trump calls Buhari ‘lifeless’

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US President Donald Trump and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari take part in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN

Nigerians have continued to react to the statement published in the Financial Times alleging that United States President, Donald Trump referred to President Muhammadu Buhari as ‘lifeless’.

“Donald Trump will welcome Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta to the White House on Monday in the second one-on-one meeting the U.S. President has held with an African leader since he took office last year,” the report stated.

It added that the first meeting with Buhari in April ended with the U.S. President telling aides that he never wanted to meet someone as ‘lifeless’ as the Nigerian President again, according to three persons privy to the matter.

But responding, President Buhari assured that he was fit and capable to run for office next year and rule the country for another four years.

Speaking through Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), he said he will not be distracted by Trump’s remarks, but will remain focused to deliver on his promises to Nigerians.

While describing the comment as disrespectful, Chairman of BMO, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Maduekwe, said whether Trump made the comment or not, Buhari would continue to remain focused to deliver on his promises to Nigerians.

Reacting to the statement, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the President and his handlers have opened up the nation to international ridicule.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said: “Such embarrassment is the backlash Nigeria gets when incompetent leaders, out of inferiority complex, resort to jumping around the world, desperately shopping for endorsement from other world leaders.”

However, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar through his twitter handle @atiku said: “This is why I am running for President to get Nigeria working again.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s aide, Reno Omokri, through his verified account @renoomokri said: “If the leader of the free world can’t stand @MBuhari and believes that he is ‘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.”

Henry Shield @henryshield said: “Every U.S. President has access to high-level, top-secret, intelligence reports on major situations around the world.

Rather than laugh at @realDonaldTrump’s calling of President Buhari ‘lifeless’, we should ask if there is something he knows that Nigerians don’t.”

Onajinrin Olusegun @onajinrinoluse2, said: “No matter our political differences or the dislike for the present government, the President symbolises us as a people. Clapping for Trump describing the president as lifeless, shows us as the most lifeless people.”

Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Tayo Awodiji, has carpeted Trump for referring to President Buhari as ‘lifeless.’

Awodiji, a senatorial aspirant in Kwara State said Trump’s comment against Buhari smacked of disrespect.

He, therefore, demanded a retraction of the statement from Trump, citing international sovereignty and the age-long relationship between the two countries.


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