By Philips Sunday
London, (AN24) – United States President, Donald Trump spoke with President Muhammadu Buhari from his base in London, United Kingdom on Monday afternoon.
Recall that we had reported earlier that the United States President was to speak with President Buhari by 3:45pm today.
Confirming the telephone conversation, Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President Buhari, said “the conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and on his cabinet”.
Adesina also revealed that the United States President commended President Muhammadu Buhari “for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military”.
The statement reads in full: “President Muhammadu Buhari this afternoon from London spoke to President Donald Trump on telephone at the request of the American President.
“The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and on his cabinet.
“The two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.
“President Trump 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.
“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 also invited President Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date”. The statement added.
Meanwhile, when AN24 corespondent visited President Trump’s official Twitter handles:
@POTUS @realDonaldTrump, the US President was yet to make a statement as regards the phone call but rather tweeted about the visit of Canadian PM Trudeau to the White House.