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Buhari's Team Reacts To Trump Describing Him As "Lifeless"

This is one saga that will snowball in the days ahead. After a Financial Times report claimed that the American President had made disrespectful comments over President Buhari's state of health, the Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has reacted.

The FT report claimed that Trump said Buhari is 'lifeless', but BMO asserted that, “President Muhammadu Buhari is fit and capable to run for the 2019 elections and oversee the affairs of the country for four more years, President Donald Trump’s hate speech notwithstanding.”

The statement, jointly signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Maduekwe, its Chairman and Secretary respectively, noted that the US President was fond of making such derogatory remarks at World leaders.

According to the group, President Buhari would not be distracted by derogatory remark.

“We are aware that President Trump’s disrespect for World Leaders is not new; his comments on Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, calling him ‘meek and mild’; his reference to Germany’s Leader, Angela Merkel’s actions as ‘insane’, or his outlandish Tweet at the UK’s Theresa May, and more recently, the alleged remarks he made after meeting President Buhari.

“It is indeed not the first time President Trump would be heard to lower the standards of respect for his colleagues on the World Stage. We are not surprised, we know that this age-long character of the US President would not change anytime soon.

“But it is important that we put it on record that President Buhari remains fit and sprightly, even for the next decade”, they added.

“We recall that during President Buhari’s visit to Trump in the White House, the US President commended the successes that the Buhari administration had recorded especially in the fight against insurgency and the war on corruption.

“The US President was full of admiration for Nigeria’s President during the visit, thus such outlandish remarks as reported by the Financial Times are not just to be taken with a pinch of salt but are untrue in themselves.”