Niyi Odebode, John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi, Eniola Akinkuotu and Adelani Adepegba
A Financial Times publication on the US president, Donald Trump’s comment on President Muhammadu Buhari, sparked various reactions on Monday.
The newspaper in its recent publication said Trump had called Buhari “lifeless” after their April meeting in Washington.
Financial Times, in the publication “Africa is looking for something new at Donald Trump,” said: “The first meeting with 75-year-old Nigerian Muhammadu Buhari ended in April with the US President people familiar with the issue, meet someone so lifeless.
Contrary to the publication, Trump, at a meeting held by the two leaders, congratulated the Buhari administration. He praised the president’s efforts to fight corruption and insurgency.
The US president then called Nigeria one of the most beautiful places on the planet, adding that he would love to visit the country one day.
Buhari has caused Nigeria international embarrassment – PDP
But Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Democratic People’s Party, said Buhari and his aides had opened Nigeria to international ridicule.
The party said such embarrassment was what it described as a brutal reaction of a nation when “incompetent, inferiority complex leaders resort to jumps from all over the world, desperate to obtain the downstream of world leaders “.
The party alleged that President Buhari sought international recognition that “his three years in office are not the foundation of achievements”.
The party’s national secretary of public affairs, Kola Ologbondiyan, who expressed the party’s point of view in a statement on Monday in Abuja, asked the president to stop jousting the world and move to Nigeria. .
He said: “The PDP hereby instructs the President to follow the comments attributed to President Trump by moving to his home and fulfilling his responsibilities to Nigerians or humbly accepting his shortcomings.
“While the PDP has strong reservations about President Trump’s reported comment, for which we are asking for a response from the Buhari presidency and the White House, the party further believes that if our dear president had not depreciated the Federal Republic from Nigeria, during his dismal visit during his visit to the United States, President Trump would not have had the opportunity to assess his level of incompetence and make such an embarrassing statement about our president.
“The PDP and all well-meaning Nigerians are now concerned about how other world leaders perceived our President, who not only failed in his governance, but also continued to denigrate our country in the international community. PDP, however, urges Nigerians not to be dragged down by the embarrassing situation of the country, especially since the general elections of 2019, which will take place in the next six months, offer the nation the opportunity to choose the competent leadership. Nigerians can be proud of it. “
Trump verdict on Buhari shows Nigeria in autopilot – CUPP
In its response, the Coalition of United Political Parties stated that Trump’s verdict, which described President Buhari as a lifeless leader “who does not understand governance issues,” was another assertion of the widely held belief that danger of being ejected from the cliff by the gross incompetence of the President. “
In a statement by CUPP spokesman Ikenga Ugochinyere, the coalition described Trump’s verdict as having urged Nigerians to collect their permanent voting cards to enable them to assume the patriotic duty of electing a president. in 2019. who understands what the problems are.
The statement said, “If President Trump held only one meeting to identify the huge problem we have been addressing, then the world must have pity on Nigerians who have been carrying a” lifeless “president for more than a year. three years.
“Nigeria is worse today in terms of economic indices than in 2015 and national cohesion and peace, accentuated by the unwavering concession of former President Goodluck Jonathan, were lost on the altar of nepotism, of the cronyism and ethnic supremacy of President Buhari.
“The views of our nation have been eroded by the myopic and conflicting views of the president.”
He added: “Nigerians are once again reminded that Mr. Trump is a septugenarian and he was not referring to the age of President Buhari.
“He had to correctly refer to Mr. Buhari’s intellectual inability and his legendary incompetence on national and international issues.”
Ugochiyere said Trump’s revelation just days after Buhari’s misstep to subject the rule of law to the rule of one man was exactly what President Buhari’s views were.
“Indeed, Nigeria has returned to the dark age where life is short and brutal,” he added.
Trump comments on evidence that Buhari’s visit failed – Obasanjo’s coalition
The Coalition for the Nigerian Movement led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the latest report on Trump’s alleged commentary showed that Buhari’s visit to the United States in April had not been successful.
NMC spokesman Akin Osuntokun said in an interview with one of our correspondents on Monday.
He said the coalition was not shocked by the comment, given that Trump was known to make similar statements about others in the past.
Osuntokun, however, said the comment justified the many Nigerians who said the meeting had not been as successful as the President’s image designers had imagined.
The CNM spokesman, who described the comment as insulting, said the comment was an insult to the Buhari administration.
He said, however, that Mr. Buhari was also at fault because he lacked respect for the rule of law and did not take the value of life and property seriously.
Osuntokun added, “The impression given by this comment of calling Buhari lifeless means that he never took President Buhari seriously. You do not describe a potential partner in such a pejorative way. So this means that the aspect of the visit reported by the Nigerian delegation was not accurate.
“Those who described the visit as a failure have now been confirmed, but it is a man who believes that the constitution is inferior to his own concept of national security.This is at odds with democracy and the Western powers are an exception to such statements.
“What Trump said is a reflection of the spirit of those who believe that Buhari should not return.”
The Buhari media organization, in a statement by its president, Niyi Akinsiju, and secretary, Cassidy Maduekwe, noted that it was not the first time the US president made derogatory remarks about other leaders. world.
He said: “It is important that we mention that President Buhari remains fit and vigorous even for the next decade.
“We recall that during the visit of President Buhari to Trump at the White House, the US President hailed the successes recorded by the Buhari administration, especially in the fight against insurgency and the fight against corruption.
“The US President was full of admiration for the Nigerian President during the visit, so such extravagant remarks reported by the Financial Times should not be taken with a pinch of salt, but they are false in themselves.”
BMO added that Buhari would not be distracted by the report.
We doubt that Trump said that – FG
The federal government said it was not sure that President Donald Trump called President Muhammadu Buhari “a leader without life”.
However, he said that if Mr. Trump said so, it would be meaningless because he said that the President of the United States of America had previously publicly approved Buhari.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke with one of our correspondents on this issue, however, doubted the authenticity of the request.
He said: “I doubt the authenticity of the statement that the President of the United States has said so.
“But if he really said it, then it does not matter to us, because the same Trump publicly endorsed and applauded the president for a job well done.”