President Muhammadu Buhari visited the US for a historic meeting with President Donald Trump of the US. The president held a bilateral meeting with his American counterpart on Monday, April 30 before their joint press conference.
The historic meeting between the two world leaders has been a trending global discussion, generating series of reactions and counter-reactions.
Since the inception Trump's administration, he has received quite a number of world leaders at the White House - British Prime Minister Theresa May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt, etc.
However, of all the presidential visits to the White House, President Buhari’s latest visit, arguably, appears to be the most mutually satisfying.
For instance, unlike the recent visits of French President Emmanuel Macron, who criticised Trump’s policies before a joint session of Congress, or German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who continues to be critical of a range of Trump’s policies, President Buhari praised Trump in ways that will be pleasing to him while Trump also reciprocated with a pleasing response.
President Buhari dexterously avoided discussing the insulting references allegedly made by President Trump about the African continent earlier in his administration, taking the issue off the table.
He also praised President Trump for progress toward removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula.
“President Trump deserves a great deal of credit for his statesmanly role in transforming so dramatically the cause [sic] of events in that region,” he said.
President Buhari further congratulated President Trump for “the impressive performance of the of the United States economy on his watch.”
He congratulated “the United States government” and, by implication, President Trump, on its leading role in the defeat of the Islamic State and for enhanced bilateral US-Nigeria security cooperation.
Though he made some critical remarks, President Trump also pleasantly complimented the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, affirming Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa.
Despite cries from main opposition party PDP that President Buhari’s anti-corruption war is selective, President Trump backed the Nigerian leader’s achievements in his anti-graft campaigns.
While Trump noted that there is massive corruption in Nigeria, he said President Buhari is doing a good job of reducing graft.
Trump also promised security cooperation and said that the attorneys general of the two countries will look for ways to return stolen Nigerian funds, estimated at $500 million, parked in the United States.
The two leaders had a very mutually satisfying meeting; a very strong indication that they will continue to have a good relationship.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that President Buhari on Monday, April 30, said he avoided bringing up President Trump’s alleged vulgar remarks about African countries when the two presidents met at the White House because he was not sure his American counterpart truly made comment.
When asked for his opinion about the alleged vulgar comment during a joint press conference with Trump at the Rose Garden at the White House, President Buhari said: “I am not sure about the validity or whether that allegation against the President was true or not, so the best thing to do for me is to keep quiet.”
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