The White House has confirmed that the American President, Donald Trump, spoke with the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari via telephone who is currently in the UK after extending his health stay .
The Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, told journalists during a press briefing
on Tuesday, held in the White House, that the two leaders had a telephone conversation on Monday.
“Before I get into the President’s schedule for today, a quick recap of the President’s activity over the last few days, since we haven’t had the honour of spending so much time together,” Mr. Spicer told reporters.
Following this, Mr. Spicer went on to list who and who Mr. Trump met, where the president visited, and who he had spoken with. “In addition to his in-person meetings with prime ministers of Japan and Canada, the President also recently had phone calls with the presidents of Tunisia, Peru, Nigeria, Colombia and South Africa,” Mr. Spicer said.
He added that the “Readouts are available on all of those calls.”
Heavy doubts have been expressed by Nigerians about the conversation between the two Presidents especially as the President Muhammadu Buhari has not spoken directly to Nigerians since he left the country on January 19.
According to Mr. Buhari’s aide, Femi Adesina, in a statement to CNN, Mr. Trump assured the Nigerian president that the U.S. is ready to help obtain “a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.” Mr. Adesina also said, “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.”