Trump described Buhari as ‘lifeless leader’ – Financial Times
By Steve Oko
The no nonsense United States of America , US President, Donald Trump, has referred to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria as “lifeless” according to Financial Times.
The US leading financial tabloid in its Monday edition said Trump’s remarks on the Nigerian President were made shortly after both leaders met in White House on April 30, 2018.
Nigeria Government had over celebrated Buhari’s invitation to White House for a bilateral talks with American President, claiming it was an attestation of his global acceptance.
Buhari has continued to face increasing public outcry against his leadership style which many see as autocratic and clannish.
His critics also allege that his anticurroption crusade is cosmetic and only targeted against the opposition
Buhari, was the first sub-Saharan Africa president to meet Trump since he assumed office January 2017 as the 45th American President.
Financial Times reported that a source at the meeting recently confided in it that Trump had said at the end of the meeting the ” he never wanted to meet someone as lifeless as Buhari again”.
Wawa News Global could however not independently confirm it the vocal American President made such uncomplimentary remarks about his Nigerian counterpart.
Both Washington and Abuja are yet to officially respond to the publication.
But Trumps antecedents show he is fearless and less bothered about political correctness when it comes to airing his views.
He also seems to thrive in controversial remarks which have pitched him against many World leaders as well as the press.
However the said comment contradicted Trump’s remarks on Buhari during their joint press briefing shortly after the parley.
Trump had during the briefing covered by many world media outfits applauded Buhari’s anti graft war.
He had also expressed confidence in the Nigerian leader’s efforts to reposition the most populous black nation.
Trump said Buhari could tackle “the massive corruption” in Nigeria which he added was the country’s major obstacle.
The American President had also during the briefing condemned the killings of Christians and indigenous Nigerians by terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, saying such sad tales can no longer be tolerated by America.
He asked Buhari to ensure the safety of Nigerians promising US assistance to boost security in the country.
His words : “Nigeria has a reputation for very massive corruption. I also know that the President has been able to cut that down very substantially.
“We talked about that, he is working on it and they have made a lot of progress and I think they will continue to make a lot of progress.”