The presidency Saturday said that it deliberately ignored US President, Donald Trump’s alleged description of President Muhammadu Buhari as a lifeless president.
The presidency said as a policy, it decided to keep mute on the comment because world leaders have recognized Buhari and always ready to meet with him.
The Financial Times recently quoted President Trump as telling one of his aides that President Buhari is lifeless.
But the Presidency rebuffed every attempt to make it comment on the allegation.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said while fielding questions from journalists in Beijing, China where the President had travelled to participate at the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, that world leaders were longing to have audience with the Nigerian leader.
He said, “You know that as a policy, we said that we are not going to answer the American President, however, the fact that the entire world and world leaders are cueing up to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, is an indication that there is something about President Buhari, there is something about the Nigeria he now leads, that the world like.
“I think that Nigerians themselves should better look at this from this positive point of view, it is a major development. We had situations in the country in the past where key world leaders didn’t want to meet our own leaders, all of that has changed in the last three years.”