By Nwafor Sunday
President Donald Trump has described his April meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari as lifeless.
Speaking with his three aides on Monday Trump said he never wanted to meet with someone as lifeless as Nigeria President.
“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.”
File: US President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari hold a joint press conference at the White House on April 30, 2018, in Washington, DC.
Financial times had reported that Trump will welcome his Kenya counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta to the White House on Monday.
Recall that Buhari had said that his meeting with Trump was sweet and would yield results on economy, security, anti-corruption.
Trump on the other hand had told Buhari that he should protect Nigerians against spate of killings.
“We are deeply concerned by the religious violence in Nigeria, including the burning of churches and killing of Christians. We encourage Nigeria and the federal, local, and state governments to do everything to immediately secure the communities and protect innocent civilians, including Muslims and Christians.”
But reacting to Kenyatta’s proposed meeting on Monday, Trump warned that he does not want to meet someone so lifeless again.
Reactions trail Trump’s comment referring President Buhari as ‘lifeless’
Both Nigerians and the world have continued to react to the shocking statement published on the Financial Times, on Monday, alleging the United States President, Donald Trump referred to the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari as ‘lifeless’.
US President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during a joint press conference at the White House on April 30, 2018, in Washington, DC. / AFP
In the report, it read “Donald Trump will welcome Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta to the White House on Monday for what will be only the second one-on-one meeting the US president has held with an African leader since he took office last year.
It however added that “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”.
However, Nigerians and the world quickly took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to react to the comment.
Below are their tweets: