Few months after being on the news for calling Africans ‘Shithole’, the 45th USA President, Donald J. Trump has allegedly described President Muhammadu Buhari as ‘Lifeless’.
According to a reputable US newspaper, Financial Times, Trump made the remark shortly after the two leaders met on April 30.
However, as Trump is set to welcome another African leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Financial Times, in an article titled, “Africa looks for something new out of Trump” reported that after the bilateral meeting between the presidents of US and Nigeria, Trump allegedly warned his aides that he never wanted to meet anyone as “lifeless” as Buhari 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.
Meanwhile, the revelation differs from Trump’s statement during the press briefing where he praised Buhari’s anti-corruption fight and urged him to lift any trade barriers that could impede the importation of agricultural products from the US into Nigeria.
He also pledged his administration’s continued support towards the fight against terrorism and also told Buhari that the US would not tolerate the killings of Christians by armed herdsmen.
When contacted to react to the reports, Special Assistant on Media to President Buhari, Garba Shehu dismissed it as unworthy of a response.
“There is no one whom Trump has not insulted, therefore, the presidency would not respond to his alleged statement,” he said.