President Donald Trump of the United States of America, Tuesday confirmed his telephone conversation with President Muhammdu Buhari
The White House Press Secretary and Communications Director, Sean Michael Spicer in his introduction of Tuesday’s White House Press Briefing, mentioned that President Trump spoke with President Buhari of Nigeria and Jacob Zuma of South Africa as well as receiving the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau on Monday.
Recall that President Buhari, Monday afternoon from the United Kingdom spoke to Donald Trump on telephone at the request of the United States President.
It is the first conversation between the two leaders since Trump’s inauguration last month.
According to President Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, the conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as president of the United States and on his cabinet.
He said both leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.
Adesina quoted Trump as encouraging President Buhari to keep up “the good work he is doing.”
He said Trump also commended Buhari for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.
Adesina said Trump assured President Buhari of US readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.
He said President Trump also invited President Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date.
According to a statement from the government of South Africa, Trump also spoke with President Jacob Zuma, with the South African Presidency also confirming that the call was requested by the White House, according to enca.com
Trump has previously described South Africa as a crime-ridden mess that’s just waiting to explode.