United States President Donald Trump spoke on Monday afternoon with President Muhammadu Buhari in a telephone conversation.
Trump invited Buhari, who is currently in London on vacation, to come to Washington DC on a “mutually convenient” date, the sources of the presidency informed Chidispalace
Femi Adesina, the Presidential spokesman issued a statement to confirm the development.
Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as US president and the two leaders highlighted areas to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
The Nigerian president specifically requested support for the weapons – an area that has frustrated the country due to negative human rights reports on the activities of Nigerian soldiers in the northeast.
Meanwhile, Adesina later issued a statement on the telephone conversation.
He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari this afternoon from London spoke to President Donald Trump by telephone at the request of the US President.
“The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States and for his cabinet.
“The two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism by providing the necessary equipment.
“President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing and congratulated him on his efforts to save Chibok Girls and the progress made by the Nigerian army.
“President Trump assured the Nigerian president of the US will to cut a new deal by helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to fight terrorism.
“President Trump also invited President Buhari to Washington on a mutually convenient date.”
However, Trump was very silent about the phone conversation in his tweets.
Instead, he tweeted on the visit of Canadian PM Jusin Trudeau.