Nigeria: Trump - Buhari's Jumping Round the World's Put Nigeria to International Ridicule - PDP

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President Trump hosts a joint press conference with President Buhari in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday, April 30, 2018.
27 August 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that "President Muhammadu Buhari and his handlers have opened our nation for international ridicule."

This is following a report making the waves round the world that the United States President, Donald Trump referred to President Buhari as "lifeless."

The Financial Times, on Monday, alleged that the United States President, Donald Trump referred to the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari as 'lifeless'.

In the report, it read "Donald Trump will welcome Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta to the White House on Monday for what will be only the second one-on-one meeting the US president has held with an African leader since he took office last year.

It however added that "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".

However, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said "such embarrassment is a backlash a nation gets when incompetent leaders, out of inferiority complex, resort to jumping around the world, desperately shopping for endorsement from world leaders."

According to the statement, "The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari and his handlers have opened our nation for international ridicule arising from reports quoting United States President, Donald Trump, describing President Buhari as "lifeless".

"President Buhari has been seeking international recognitions that are not predicated on any achievements from his three years in office.

"PDP hereby charges Mr. President to take a cue from the comments ascribed to President Trump by settling down at home and discharge his responsibilities to Nigerians or humbly accept his failings.

"While the PDP has strong reservations on the reported comment by President Trump, for which we demand a response from the Buhari Presidency and the US White House, the party further holds that had our dear President not cheapened the exalted office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by his woeful outing 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 indeed all well-meaning Nigerians are now sore worry over how other world leaders have been perceiving our President, who has not only failed in governance but has continued to demarket our nation in the international community.

"The PDP however urges Nigerians not to be downcast by the embarrassing situation the nation has found itself, especially as the 2019 general election, which comes in the next six months, offers the nation the ample opportunity to get it right on the choice of competent leadership Nigerians can be proud of."

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