Two years and 5 months after his visit to the White House, President Muhammadu Buhari has opened up on his one-on-one meeting with the United States President, Donald Trump.
Buhari while addressing the closing session of the First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat for his second term at the Presidential Villa Abuja said Trump asked him a question that almost betrayed his emotions.
The President told the principal officers of his administration and ministers that while in the Oval Office alone with Trump, he looked at him in the face and asked him why Christians were being killed under his administration.
He said he explained to his United States counterpart how the deadly attacks by armed herdsmen on largely Christian farming communities predates his administration. Buhari blamed the situation on the elite whom he said have over the decades “infringed” on what used to be cattle grazing reserves and routes earmarked during the colonial administration.
He added that the impact of climate change is responsible for the migration of cattle herdsmen from their areas to places like Yenagoa in Bayelsa State where he said he was surprised to see a number of them while on a visit in the heart of the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
While directing his ministers to go on the offensive and defend his administration against criticisms of its performance in the last 5 years, President Buhari said the Second Niger Bridge currently under construction between Delta and Anambra States will be completed and inaugurated before he hands over to the new administration in 2023.
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