President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed what happened when he visited United States President, Donald Trump at the White House in April 2018.
As revealed by Buhari on Tuesday, September 8 in Abuja at the First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat, Trump called him into his office at the White House and during a private meeting, asked him: “Why are you killing Christians?”
President Buhari said he had to disclose to Trump that the killings of Christians in Nigeria “has got nothing to do with identity or religion,” yet was a conflict between herders and farmers, which had increased because of “climate change and increase in populace” as well as the “leadership failure” of previous governments.
“I believe I was about the only African amongst the least developed countries that the President of the United States invited and when I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is a witness, he looked at me in the face and said, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’
“I wondered if it were you, I wondered how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray me before him. So, I understood it.
“The problem between cattle-rearers and stagnant farmers, I know which is older than me, not to talk of him, because I think I’m a couple of years older than him, were happening. And there was climate change and population growth.
“I tried to explain to him that it has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing which respective leaderships failed the nation” President Buhari said.