The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) on Monday, August 27, declared that the Nigerian president is fit and capable to govern the country beyond 2019 as against claims linked to his United States of American counterpart that he is ‘lifeless’.
Vanguard reports that the BMO reacted to the story by Financial Times that Trump made a statement considered disrespectful.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is fit and capable to run for the 2019 elections and oversee the affairs of the country for four more years President Donald Trump’s hate speech notwithstanding,” the group said.
A statement signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Maduekwe, its chairman and secretary respectively, said: “We are aware that President Trump’s disrespect for World Leaders is not new; his comments on Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, calling him ‘meek and mild’; his reference to Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel’s actions as ‘insane’, or his outlandish Tweet at the UK’s Theresa May, and more recently, the alleged remarks he made after meeting President Buhari.
“It is indeed not the first time president Trump would be heard to lower the standards of respect for his colleagues on the World Stage.
“We are not surprised, we know that this age-long character of the US president would not change anytime soon. But it is important that we put it on record that President Buhari remains fit and sprightly, even for the next decade”, they added.
“We recall that during President Buhari’s visit to Trump in the White House, the US President commended the successes that the Buhari administration had recorded especially in the fight against insurgency and the war on corruption.
“The US president was full of admiration for Nigeria’s president during the visit, thus such outlandish remarks as reported by the Financial Times are not just to be taken with a pinch of salt but are untrue in themselves.”
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According to the group, President Buhari continues to show fitness and capacity to run the country beyond 2019.
It said impressions and statements like the one made by Trump would not distract the president from achieving the best for Nigeria.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s labour and productivity minister, has said it would be better for Igbo people to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election because of favourable indications that he would win.
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