President Muhammadu Buhari has finally lifted the lid on his response to Donald Trump after the President of the United States accused his government of treating the killing of Christians in Nigeria with soft gloves.
Speaking on Tuesday, September 8, the second day of a year-long retreat for Ministers and top government officials, Buhari said he told Trump that the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria is not religious, but cultural.
The president further disclosed that he found himself in a difficult situation while responding to Trump because the killing in Nigeria, especially the one on the cultural radar, has been an age-long problem that even predated his government.
Recall that Buhari and President Trump met in Washington on April 30, 2018, to discuss issues bordering on the fight against insurgency, the economy, among others, and how the two countries could join hands together.
“I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries, the president of United States invited, and when I was in his office only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, he said ‘why are you killing Christians?’” Buhari said.
“I wonder if you were the person how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion.
“So, I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and stagnant farmers I know is older than me not to talk of him (Trump). I think I am a couple of years older than him.
“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root to your water point, they will follow it, it doesn’t matter whose farm it is,” the president revealed.
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that President Buhari on Tuesday gave his administration a pat on the back during his speech at the first-year ministerial performance review retreat held in Abuja.
The Nigerian leader said that his government was doing quite well compared to the previous administration, which had fewer resources.
Based on this, the President called on the Nigerian elite to fairly judge his leadership style and the implementation of democracy.