By Anthony Ogbonna
Both Nigerians and the world have continued to react to the shocking statement published on the Financial Times, on Monday, alleging 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, Nigerians and the world quickly took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to react to the comment.
Below are their tweets:
So @realDonaldTrump called Nigeria’s President @MBuhari “a lifeless person” and said “I don’t want to meet him again”! This is the same person @OfficialAPCNg is promoting for a 2nd term? No wonder our economy is so lifeless that 10 million Nigerians lost their jobs! #RenosNuggets
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) 27 August 2018
This is why I am running for President, to get Nigeria working again. I helped grow Nigeria’s economy as VP and have created more jobs than anyone running for President in 2019.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) 27 August 2018
Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta will be meeting with President Donald Trump today in Washington on official business.
Mr Trump, however, does not have nice words for Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, who he labeled “lifeless” after their meeting in April. (Financial Times) pic.twitter.com/6mgZFDHCHf
— Facts About Africa (@OnlyAfricaFacts) 27 August 2018
If not for the fact that Buhari is Nigeria’s President, I am quite certain he won’t be able to get audience with Trump. Again, watch the whole encounter again. The disgust on Trump’s face was very visible. Man was just like ‘Shit when is this nonsense going to end’?
— Wodu Wakiri The Wag (@Oddy4real) 27 August 2018
“Fantastically Corrupt”, “Lifeless” and many other choice words we would never hear about. Can anyone imagine what the President of West Germany thinks about PMB? Everyone talks shitty about our shitty ass leaders in private. None of them are lies. To hell with the faux outrage
— Adewunmi Emoruwa (@eadewunmi) 27 August 2018
Buhari: Nigerian youths are always waiting idle for resources to be in their favour, they are lazy..
Nigeria’s old president is so lifeless, I don’t wanna meet such in my life anymore….
— King 👑 (@theDamorela) 27 August 2018
Trump’s meeting with Buhari in April 2018 was reportedly not a success David Pilling reveals in an explosive Financial Times article. Trump said after the meeting with Buhari, he was not ready to meet someone so lifeless as Buhari again. pic.twitter.com/RGf3guG5ma
— ThankGod Ukachukwu (@kcnaija) 27 August 2018
Even 72 years old Trump says Buhari is lifeless. 😓
“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”. pic.twitter.com/82QIerOjye
— Adetutu Balogun (@Tutsy22) 27 August 2018
— Chxta (@Chxta) 27 August 2018
If Donald Trump feels this way about Buhari, wait till he meets Buhari supporters. People that are mad. pic.twitter.com/6XfGAcZjjh
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) 27 August 2018