What I discussed with President Buhari — Donald Trump

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American President, Donald Trump, has provided details of his telephone conversation with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Trump had on Monday spoken to Mr. Buhari, who is vacationing in London. It was the first time both leaders would communicate directly since Mr. Trump assumed office as his country’s 45th president on January 20.

After the conversation, the Nigerian presidency immediately released details of the call but the American version of the exchanges was not immediately available on the White House website where readouts of U.S. President’s engagements are usually posted.

That fuelled speculations that the conversation did not happen, with some commentators accusing the Nigerian presidency of lying.

But responding to PREMIUM TIMES inquiry, the U.S. Department of State has provided details of the discussions between the two leaders.

Tiffany Jackson-Zunker, Deputy Director, Africa Regional Media Hub at the State Department, sent this newspaper an email containing a readout of the telephone call.

The readout reads, “President, Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.

“President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its relationship with Nigeria, and he expressed interest in working with President Buhari to expand the strong partnership.

“The leaders agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and worldwide.

“President Trump expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the United States to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.

“President Trump thanked President Buhari for the leadership he has exercised in the region and emphasized the importance of a strong, secure, and prosperous Nigeria that continues to lead in the region and in international forums.”

Ms. Jackson-Zunker also said a text of the readout had now been posted to the White House website.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity had in a series of tweets on Monday gave the Nigerian version of the discussions by the two leaders.

Mr. Adesina said the conversation was cordial and that Mr. Buhari congratulated Mr. Trump on his election as the President of the United States.

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

Mr. Trump assured the Nigerian leader of U.S. readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism, Mr. Adesina said.

He commended Mr. Buhari for the efforts he made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian Army in combating Boko Haram.
Mr. Trump also invited the Nigerian President to Washington at a mutually convenient date, the special adviser said.

Mr. Adesina added that, “President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.”


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  • Bright Henry

    This will not go down well with the miscreants from the east and their PDP sponsors. Sai Buhari. Sai Trump.

    • Femo

      I can’t understand this set of people again, they said trump will never talk to Buhari, now they are accusing him of speaking with trump . What exactly do we need in Nigeria ?

      • kinsly

        Femo, don’t bother about the wailers cum haters. They shall keep wailing and Nigeria will continue to progress.

      • David Adeniran

        They are eternally confused! At the onset they said, Trump was their man; then they said Buhari was an illiterate and Trump could never speak with him; again they said Buhari was dead; and they said he was on a life support machine! Even when the Nigerian Presidency released a statement that the tow Presidents had spoken, they said it was 419 and such never happened! Now that they have heard from the horse’s mouth, they are completely speechless and all they can do is to continue in their generational SELF DELUSION AND SELF DESTRUCTION habits! In their foolishness and stupidity, they even held inauguration party for Trump! What a LOST GENERATION!

  • Nkem

    I just hope that, when 2019 comes, PMB, will also be asking for our votes through foreign diplomats, foreign embassies, foreign presidents, foreign government websites and foreign media.

    • staaaaaaaaaaa

      in the first place did you vote him in 2015? so how come the rest of us in nigferia will need your vote for PMB come 2019? look for your own candidate, na your wahala be that

      • Nkem

        It is so sad that some of you are becoming like the same pathetic bunch of Jonathan’s ‘supporters’ that helped the former president to destroy himself even before 2015. I just hope that PMB would be wise enough to realise in time and avoid the same fate that ‘supporters’ like you are preparing for him.

        • staaaaaaaaaaa

          you remember how your brothers raked that fire will fall if Jonathan was not re-elected ehn? thank God that at least you leant

    • Arabakpura

      By 2019, you will look for another Jonathan to vote for and not Buhari!

    • tundemash

      Miss Wailing Wailer, what has Buhari done wrong in taking a call from another President ? How has Buhari being on medical leave affected your living ? Is Osibajo not ruling as intended by the constitution ?

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  • Angry Nigerian

    First they said it was not medical leave but
    simple ‘rest’. Later they said just 2 weeks. Later they said INDEFINITE
    leave. And then people speaking and relaying back to Nigerians that they
    heard the voice of the evil spirit…and then back to Photos with some
    more demons appearing to Nigerians. These apparitions of the corrupt can
    never evoke faith in anyone however gullible. Crooks! All of you should
    just die and leave the surface of the earth so that poor Nigerians can
    have peace and possess their land. And Trump should shut up and leave
    Nigeria and Nigerians alone.

  • Tina

    Is Nigeria not better off if Buhari does not recover from his illness? Or dies from it? Is he adding any value to anything in Nigeria? Just asking a question.

    • tundemash

      May you get what you wish him throughout your household! Mor0n, i guess this news is too much for you to handle.

      • Ade

        I pray that your life governs the way Buhari is leading Nigeria

        • tundemash

          Amen! And I pray that your life is governed teh way PDPigs governed Nigeria in the 16 years they were in power . Can you say amen to that ????

          • Hehehe! He don run.

          • Kallah Bature

            Tundemash you are too much woooh!!!Your intelligence is no match for the foot soldiers of the looters and their Dumbo Shepherd.

          • Ade

            Imagine how your small dogmatic brain works? If you don’t support APC, you must be PDP supporter? I support neither of them because both are corrupt, incompetent and are killers. I will say Amen when you pray that life is governed by Jesus Christ!

          • tundemash

            It is your choice to sit on the fence and support neither and it is my choice to support those who have decided to retrieve your destiny from those who looted it in the last 16 years.
            Once again, may your life and that of your household governed exact same way PDPigs governed Nigeria since 1999. Say amen to that if you are convinced President Buhari isn’t sincere in his governing of Nigeria.

          • Ade

            Back to sender! You can’t force me to support PDP you buffoon. Who coerce you to be Buhari supporter? Why would you put it me that I support PDP? Low level thinking!
            Sincerity is never the equivalent of competency. Sitting for exams with the sincerity that you won’t cheat will never make you pass it! May you and Buhari’s supporters continue to be in recession the way Nigeria economy is Amen

          • tundemash

            You can rant for as long as you like. You are just a coward who is too scared to stand up for his believe. Olodo, you are beneath me and i have no more time for professional wailers like you.

          • Ade

            Is that what you do for a living? Paid to be trolling for an incompetent and clueless killer Buhari?

        • Ade

          Imagine how your small dogmatic brain works? If you don’t support APC, you must be PDP support. I support neither because both are corrupt, incompetent and are killers. I will say Amen when you pray that life is governed by Jesus Christ!

          • Julius

            hahahahahaha, you are responding to your own comment. See how your fake life is exposed . o ma se oo.

          • Ade

            Oh dear, my initial post was blocked, so edited it and post it to myself to see if it will go through.

            Typical assumptive small brain thinking.

          • Julius

            Oh yes, that’s your “big brains” at work..lolz

      • Holy truth

        I say a big aaaaaaameeeen to dat prayer.

    • Julius

      The question should be, is Nigeria not better off if you are dead ? Just asking a question also.

  • Dazmillion

    There is this Chinese android app that can mimic Hausa Fulani voice on Samsung S7…….

    • tundemash

      Yeah . Same app Dumbo used to speak with the Moroccan President.

      • Julius

        Lmaoooooooooo !!. You nailed it !

    • Julius

      I bet you have it !. right ?

  • Right Minded

    Trump actually spoke to the “President…(Acting President Osinbajo). Remember we cant have two Presidents in a country, and the only phone Trump can call is the official No of the President which is in the state house. Mr Trump called The President and spoke to the President, but the Presidency used the opportunity to quickly come out to say Trump spoke to Buhari in London. Remember Someone is acting as President for now in Nigeria, and Mr Trump couldn’t av known who he actually spoke to as long as the person answered as the President of Nigeria. Except maybe the State house no was roamed and put beside the bedside of Buhari..lol. We shall know the truth and the truth shall surely set Nigerians free!

    • systematic

      if people are talking we don’t expect somebody like u moron to chuck mouth. this are responsible people that have achieve great in there life not u that can’t even help ur salve

    • Mimi

      You mean Osinbajo whose name Buhari can’t even remember? Hohohohohh…hahahahahah….Nigeria! All of you do enter one chance.

    • tundemash

      if that makes you happy …… so be it !

    • Kallah Bature

      Very soon you will claim Trump winning the US election is a mirage and Obama is still in power.Your ability to twist issues to suit your purpose knows no bounds.

  • Where is OLEBURUKU Bankole?

    Is Nigeria really a country? How can this absurdity be tolerated? How can we allow these undesirable elements run our lives? With the men above ever be able to run a Canteen and make profit? But they run a country of docile people. Lagbaja called 200 million Mumus…many with advanced degrees in lies, deception and corruption.

    All the so called Woman Rights Lawyers like Femi Falana, Mike Ozekhome and even Festus Keyamo, Olisa Agbakoba who used to make noise decades ago have stopped talking. They have all relocated to Abuja where they now jostle for the ever lucrative jobs of defense counsel representing any thief (Nigerian politician) who has a case with EFCC or has stolen money somewhere…and they collect millions of Naira as “professional” fees. E.g., Mike Ozekhome as defense counsel to Ayo Fayose received almost 20m in fees alone. This does not include the cases he handles for Fayose’s friends. It is same with cases for Saraki, Yakubu of NNPC & Co…and the list goes on.

    By the way, there is one thief missing in action – Dmeji Bankole. Where is he? Why is EFCC not looking his way? Is he going to enjoy his loot? Just like that?

    So what do we the masses do? Maybe we should increase kidnapping of every and anything relating to these band of thieves and the lawyers who defend them because they encourage them to steal by defending them in court. What do you think?

  • Bishop

    Some comments really make me believe we have too many sick youths who lack parental guidance on knowledge of religion. What are all the big churches and mallams doin? Black race get serious problem oo!

  • kinsly

    Guy, you need Education. You can’t differentiate between acting President and Substantive President? Foolishness is not something to be proud about.

    • tundemash

      And the Steve are the kind of illiterates you expect to vote without being induced ? Nigeria is in trouble with such ignoramus in majority.

    • Steve

      Thanks dear, I guess it is you that need education. There can not be Acting President when the president is there. Why is Osibanjo Acting for him.

  • tundemash

    Mor0n, he ought to have ignored Trump ? And has Osinbajo complained to you or why are you having panadol for Osinbajo’s headache Mr Wailer ?

    • Steve

      I see, you can not air your view without insult. This is the problem I have with Buhari supporters. Well, I don’t blame you, If you have a better answer you won’t have resorted to insult.
      If Osibanjo is acting as the president, who suppose to receive the call, acting president or someone on leave?? My dear, since we were told that our Acting President is Osibanjo I thought he was the person that ought to have spoken to Trump bcos there was no President at the moment. Again, Buhari letter did not say that he will be operating from London. You can correct me without insult if he said so.

      • tundemash

        Mor0n, I ask you same question again; has Osinbajo complained to you or why are you having panadol for Osinbajo’s headache Mr Wailer ?

  • David Adeniran

    Another great HEADACHE for BIAFRAUDS.

    • Julius

      lolz, yes ooo but, wait, they will come up with something else in a jiffy. That’s how losers and delusional people roll.

  • Eki

    @disqus_jKMPGM7Are:disqus

    If morning shows the day can we expect Muhamadu Buhari in convalescence
    from undisclosed illness to do what he couldn’t do when he was not sick at all?
    I am asking this rhetorical question because I am not particularly interested
    in whether President Donald Trump had a brief or prolonged headache trying
    to discern the Fulani accent of Muhamadu Buhari during their brief five-minute
    discussion on phone. What bothers me is the 20-month result of Buhari’s rule
    up till December 2016 when he was not sick at all. The result is disgraceful to
    world history.

    According to National Bureau of Statistics Nigeria has worsened on all indices
    as Inflation jumped to 18.7%; and costs of food items doubled from a year earlier,
    and because electricity failed totally, hotel and restaurant businesses are tottering
    on the brink of utter collapse in Nigeria. Since he took over power on May 29th
    2015 President Buhari hasn’t articulated a single sensible idea of real economic
    growth or development – not one! Up till today Buhari has no anti-recession plan,
    despite that Nigeria will be heading into a full year of consecutive economic
    recession by end of March.

  • marcos avelino

    Why will he lie at all. 99 percent of online news junkies are sick people. The psychological violence in their comments is a proof.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    I wonder in what language President Trump and Illiterate Buhari conducted the conversation. Trump must have had serious difficulty understanding Buhari just as Buhari must have experienced a mighty challenge deciphering Trump’s accent.

    • Julius

      There you go again Mr. Intellectual. Didn’t you say that Buhari is dead ? I told you that you are a dumb ass by calling other people illiterate. Does it ever occur to you that every president speaks with other presidents that do not speak English at all ? If you were smart and educated as you’ve been claiming, you will know that. You are a fake and a fraud. You are not educated at all. Good grammar do not make you and intellectual.Here you are exposing your ignorance and limited understanding of the world again. You really need to stick with talking about Northerners and their religion

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Sorry o. Take your medication.

        • Julius

          lmaoooo, that’s your response to my “educated, intellectual” response to your illogical and dumb.ignorant and uneducated comment ? Lmaooooo, dude, you are a fish in a barrel..sitting duck for the picking !!!!!

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Well done. Just take or change your medication. When it comes to intellect and education, I am not in that inferior league of yours. I stand solidly by my post on Buhari’s illiteracy. You are at liberty to drink hemlock if you feel unhappy enough about my assertion.

          • Julius

            lolz I guess you belong to the intellect and education league ! .You are really delusional. What medication might that be ? The one that keeps you fully awake and half coherent ? Of course you stand by your assertion, most morons do ,because they believe in their delusional self worth. Here you are Mr, grammar ranting about Buhari , calling him illiterate online but, he is the one running a country . Go figure !!

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Buhari is ruining not “running the country” because idiots like you are in the majority in Nigeria.

          • Julius

            Well, muchos and morons like you are occupying the space in the country, doing nothing but, ranting about some damn separation that we all know damn well is a fake and a scam. You contribute nothing to the country but just being a nuisance, a loud mouth. Mr. intellectual, run for the president !

    • ijelejames

      You have low self esteem. Why must buhari be very fluent in English language to speak to trump. What about Chinese people who don’t speak English as official language, won’t their president have aconversation ith trump? Don’t infect us with your low self esteem. Buhari can even speak in Hausa, they will translate it to Trump. This is why they have translators. Nonsense!

      • Julius

        Don’t mind the illiterate pretending to be an intellectual . He has no ideal of what you just explained to him..read my respond to him, we basically told him the same thing.

        • ijelejames

          Yes. Most of these people are illiterates. We just have to continue explaining stuff to them.

          • Julius

            Indeed.

    • zacchaeus Akinleye

      He spoke in a language that a person of your pay grade will not comprehend.

    • Man_Enough

      trump and putin are best of friends, but they speak different languages. has it ever occurred to you how they communicate? who told you that literacy resides with only those who speak english.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Gotcha.

    • Rataya Tambai

      Whenever someone opens his mouth to speak, expect one of two things – either the height of his knowledge, or the very depth of his ignorance. Obviously, Omooba Adekunle Orafidaya is an “Educated IGNORANT”. I would have elaborated only for the fact that he will have “serious difficulty understanding” me!

      • tundemash

        He’s omo ole. A fraud !

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Senseless post.

    • Bobisa

      For u to know how to express yourself or read and write is not your doing okay, even the best or greatest prophet in the bible or Quran was not a professor or a scholar, whatever medium he employed , he still d president but am sure trump doesn’t speak Arabic…..

    • share Idea

      That explains why Nigerian presidential aide said that Trump thanked him for rescuing 24 Chibok girls and the extract from USA never mentioned Chibok girls. Nigeria we hail thee.

      I have said it before that APC and Buhari’s cabals are gradually running out of lies and very soon they will come clean with Nigerians. It is easy for Buhari’s and his handles to be arranging calls and visis but difficult to setup simple video call even with NTA for But Buhari’s to address the nation.

  • Garafini

    Waillers will continue to wail until eternity insha Allah.

  • Julius

    Oh shit. the biafraudians wont like this at all. They’ve been ranting that the call never happened and Buhari is actually dead. The losers lost again. They always back the wrong horse. Once a loser will always be a loser. Now maybe they will also call their new savior Trump a liar too. Stay tuned folks !

    • Teflonjones

      Has the call reduced the rising inflation in the land? Heaven save Nigerians from mediocre thinking.

  • Julius

    wow, are you that dumb to know the difference between an acting president and the president ? Your dumb question exposed you as a moron.

    • Steve

      Dear, if you are not dumb you will know there nothing like Acting president when the president is there.

      Osibanjo can only Act as president if Buhari is away. There can never be Acting president and President at same time.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Shame to “fake news” propagandists of Nigeria with their ballyhooed trash talk. The corrupt has no place in a “New Nigeria” coming up soon. Get well soon, PMB!

  • usman alhassan

    This is a clearly and unambiguous that American President Donald Trump is very happy and support with the way and policies of President Buhari. wailers what will Come from you again? Is this news fake again?

    • partafamilias trippi

      Did you actually read what you wrote?

  • FreeNigeria

    Trump the racist, Buhari the tribalist. neither mean anything good to people outside their inner circle.

    • Richard Omo

      But you did a solidarity match to support him. Yeye people.

      • FreeNigeria

        I guess you led the match to know who matched in it.

  • Apostel

    Trump furthermore said, his Government is ready to bomb biafra terrorists; but that’s very secret, Trump said.

    • Teflonjones

      Those biafrans are nothing compared to the Boko Haram terrorists and marauding fulani herdsmen who kill for nothing. I believe Donald J Trump will get his priorities straight in terms of nuking terrorists.

      • Apostel

        it sounds, you are jealous not to be No. 1 to be bombed

        • Teflonjones

          I only state things as they are.

    • BURNING SPEAR

      Did Trump talk to Bingo Buhari in Nigeria or London——————-It is sad that the Buhari media team is doing all to score cheap political point with this rubbish——-after-all he also spoke with Zuma to mark the African Day–So what is so special about this diplomatic rubbish? Again where is Buhari–in Lomndon or Mali——abi on VACATION as declared by Premium Times the mouth Piece of the Apes in APC or on medical trip—which–brother me———?

    • aisha ani

      Lol!

  • BURNING SPEAR

    Professor Farouq Kperogi’s article, revealed that—Buhari’s Government

    of Propaganda and No Substance. In it he mentioned the nine media

    assistants to the President before dropping the bombshell that took

    everybody by surprise: “In addition”, Professor Kperogi revealed, “the

    President has about 40 paid journalists, bloggers, media analysts,

    commentators (whose names I have but will leave out for now), working

    under the BMC (Buhari Media Center) in Utako, Abuja. The Buhari Media

    Centre is a well-furnished one-storey building with expansive premises. It

    has security guards, clerks, and cashiers. The team members are paid a

    monthly allowance of between N200,000 and N250,000.”

    It is not the presence of the media centre that is the problem. As a

    President, Buhari has come a long way, far from the pristine days of TBO

    when we only relied on our columns in newspapers to write features on his

    project, something that led to our sack by the Trust after the 2003

    elections. The problem is that while in those days we never wrote anything

    with the intention to smear anyone or lie about the achievement of Buhari,

    the Buhari Media Centre, to my shock and as Professor Kperogi reported,

    has a totally different mandate. Hear him:

    “They are mandated to react to all media contents critical of the

    President, write favorable news items for the president, and

    attack/demonize/smear people critical of the president. They also work

    with government agencies such as the EFCC to push narratives to deflect

    attention from the ineptitude of the government. They work behind the

    scenes and use pen names in extended articles, and pseudonyms on social

    media. Almost all the members of the APC Presidential Campaign Media

    Directorate operate from the Buhari Media Centre, with the exception of

    those with appointments. And this excludes Lai Mohammad’s well-oiled lie

    squad.”

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The above report is part of the media blitz from Aso rock seeking to confuse Nigerians . The truth is that Buhari is not VACATIONING, HE IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE AS HE GETS MEDICAL ATTENTION IN EUROPE.

    • I just dey ask O!

      @tawandaincommunicado:disqus

      Should all civil servants who are “hail and hearty; lively and chatty”
      also be on indefinite sick leave, like Muhamadu Buhari is doing now?
      I no know book O! I just dey ask if misdemeanour for impeachment
      has happened here.

  • Ade

    Say Amen for what I dont believe in? Check out my post, facts dont lie.

    May your life and his continue to be governed as Buhari and his APC officials are managing Nigeria. Amen

  • Ade

    The damage is to people like you that believe Buhari is the ‘messiah’

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      No.

      On the contrary, it is to people like you who needs lobotomies or brain swaps with donkeys so that theirs could be upgraded.

      • Ade

        Thank God donkeys have brain. Buhari and his supporters like you are brainless

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Guess you are too dumb to understand that what I wrote is that your cognitive ability is below that of a donkey.

          But why am I repeating the obvious to you?

          You must know why you were abandoned at a pit latrine after you were born.

          • Ade

            The more you reply the more it proves the specie of zombie you are.

  • Ade

    I dont hide behind christianity, trying to let him know I have dont support PDP which is a now a ‘subset’ of APC.

  • Ish Adam

    Since when have started to celebrate phone discussions between presidents,does this really matter that Trump spoke with Buhari, is this what we have reduced productive leadership to in Nigeria,how does this phone discussion help the suffering masses in Nigeria? Please, let us get real in this nation.

  • Mizch

    What else would anybody expect them talk about if they did understand themselves? Much ado about nothing!

  • Mizch

    May I ask: Is PMB in the hospital with his media men, and left his wife in the other room?

  • Man_Enough

    Emefiele was installed to assist in looting by the previous government. He ought to have gone with that government. Our laws should be amended so that every president will appoint his own bank governor.

  • Ilesanmi Dunjoye

    And what did Buhari tell Trump concerning his fast failing health?