Trump said Buhari is lifeless – Financial Times
Buhari, the first sub-Saharan Africa president to meet Trump since he was sworn in January 2017 as the 45th American president, was in the US for bilateral talks on Trump’s invitation. Both leaders discussed issues bordering on fighting terrorism and economic growth.
However, as Trump is set to welcome President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Financial Times, in an article titled, ‘Africa looks for something new out of Trump,’ claimed that the US leader described Buhari, whom he met officially in April, as ‘so lifeless.’
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.
We recall that Trump had, at a meet-the-press held by the two leaders, praised the Buhari administration. He commended the President’s effort in tackling corruption and insurgency.
“Nigeria has a reputation for very massive corruption. I also know that the President has been able to cut that down very substantially,” Trump said.
The 72-year-old American president also called Nigeria one of the most beautiful places on earth, adding that he would love to visit someday.
American and Nigerian governments have not reacted to the recent publication by Financial Times.