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White House finally reveals own version of Trump’s call to Buhari

White House finally reveals own version of Trump’s call to Buhari
February 15
22:53 2017

The White House has released the summarised details of Monday’s phone call between US President Donald Trump and President Muhammadu Buhari.

The readout was published on the official website of the US government, whitehouse.gov, putting an end to speculations on the call which many Nigerian critics of Buhari claimed did not take place.

However, the readout was silent on the invitation of Buhari to Washington DC at a “mutually convenient” day.

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, had released the Nigerian version immediately after the call.

The Readout

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. 

The read of Trump’s Call with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa was also published.

It read: “President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to discuss ways to expand cooperation and trade between the United States and South Africa.  President Trump highlighted the strong bilateral trade ties between the two countries and expressed interest in identifying new, mutually beneficial opportunities for trade.  President Trump also suggested that the United States and South Africa do more to collaborate on shared security interests, including the fight against terrorism.  Both leaders agreed to continue dialogue on these priorities and find ways to deepen the bilateral partnership.”


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  1. Mamman Bako
    Mamman Bako February 15, 23:53

    So what did Buhari say?!

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  2. Emmanuel Udom
    Emmanuel Udom February 16, 03:13

    The phone conversation is good for the image of the two country.

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  3. Pastor
    Pastor February 16, 08:37

    Thank God Mr. president is still alive and kicking may the Lord God grant him faster healing in Jesus’ name Amen.
    I am just thinking aloud here, “this CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME” MANTRA how do the president want us to learn from him? “the pace setter” go abroad for treatment? me thinks we need to patronize “made in Nigeria” or is medical out of it?
    May our president be well enough to come back and face the stress of re-elections of 2019.

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    • Naija Watcher
      Naija Watcher February 16, 09:44

      Good question. Corruption has deprived us of the ability to treat many illnesses. Nigeria in 2015 had only 2 functional cancer centres. Many of our doctors areoverseas. For example, Gani died because he refused to go for treatment abroad. Mr President has been saying this all along. He perhaps would not prefer foreign treatment, but if the slills are not in Nigeria must he die? It takes time to rebuild these things. Nigerians want solutions overnight. That’s part of our problem. We do not believe in process, hence we always abandon the pathway to build sustainability. It takes at least ten years to build a proper healthcare system, but first PMB has to remain alive to start the process.

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  4. Ubaidu Muhammad
    Ubaidu Muhammad February 17, 16:11

    Verily our prayers is more useful for the stability of our beloved naija, may gets a quick recovery.

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