13 February 2017

Nigeria: Buhari Speaks to Trump By Telephone

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From left, Presidents Jacob Zuma, Muhammadu Buhari and Donald Trump.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in London spoke to President Donald Trump by telephone at the request of the American President.

The president's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that the conversation was cordial and Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and on his cabinet.

Adesina said the two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.

According to him, Trump encourages Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commends him for the efforts he has made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.

"Trump assured the Nigerian president of the U.S readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism. "Trump also invited Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date," he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari, who extended his initial 10-day vacation in London, had telephone discussions with the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

The leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande also visited the president in London, last week. Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun was also pictured having breakfast with the president at his London abode.

The president had proceeded on a 10-day vacation in UK on Jan. 19 for a routine medical check as indicated in a letter to the Senate which also authorised Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to act as president pending his return.

The president, who could not make it back to the country on Feb. 6, transmitted another letter to the Senate requesting extension of time to complete his medical check-up in London.

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