The Presidency has again refused to respond to a statement credited to United States President Donald Trump that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was “lifeless.”
Rather the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, boasted in an interview on Saturday shortly after Buhari and members of his entourage arrived Beijing, China for the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation that world leaders are on queue to meet President Buhari.
Mr. Shehu said this was a departure from the past when world leaders avoided Nigerian leaders.
According to him, world leaders’ good disposition towards Buhari was an indication that there was something about him and Nigeria he leads they like.
He said, “You know that as a policy, we said that we are not going to answer the American President, however, the fact that the entire world and world leaders are queuing up to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, is an indication that there is something about President Buhari, there is something about Nigeria he now leads, that the world likes.
“I think that Nigerians themselves should better look at this from this positive point of view, is a major development.
“We had situations in the country in the past where key world leaders didn’t want to meet our own leaders, all of that has changed in the last three years.”
President Trump, called his Nigeria counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, “lifeless,” after their April meeting, global business newspaper, Financial Times, had claimed 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.
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,” Financial Times claimed.