Ailing President Muhammadu Buhari was on Monday said to have spoken to President Donald Trump from his London base via telephone. The presidency said that the chat was at the request of the American President.
The conversation, according to a statement credited to a presidential aide, Femi Adesina, was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and on his cabinet.
Adesina, who is Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, claimed that the two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.
President Trump, he said, 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.
The statement also added that President Trump assured the Nigerian President of US readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.
President Trump is said to have also invited President Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date.
Buhari has been away from Nigeria since January 19 on medical vacation. During the period, the presidency has had to deal with rumors of his death and seizing every opportunity to convince Nigerians that ailing leader was hail and hearty.
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