Posted by Grand News | 3 September 2018 | 729 times
The Presidency at the weekend gave reasons why it ignored United State’s President, Donald Trump, for allegedly using uncomplimentary language to describe President Muhammadu Buhari as “Lifeless.”
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said on Saturday as President Buhari arrived China for the 7th summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that it was unnecessary to join issues with Trump because the reality on ground proves Trump wrong and clearly points to the fact that such a tag was completely wrong. He noted that world leaders were still eager to meet the president.
According to him, the visits by British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were signs that Buhari was admired by world leaders. In his words: “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 queuing 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 likes.”
He stated that the situation where some leaders treated Nigeria as a pariah country in the past has been completely reversed. “I think that Nigerians themselves should better look at this from this positive point of view, as 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,” he said.
Speaking on the benefits the Presidential trip will bring to the country, Nigeria would enjoy from Buhari’s trip to China, Garba said some of the ongoing projects in the country like the Kaduna-Kano rail, the coastal rail scheme, Mambilla power project, the second phase of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport expansion among others would be positively affected as a result of the tour.
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