United States President Donald Trump does not want to meet President Muhammadu Buhari again because he is “lifeless”, a report by Financial Times has revealed.

According to the paper, Trump made the remark shortly after meeting with Buhari at the White House in April.

“The first meeting, with Nigeria’s ailing 75-year-old Muhammadu Buhari in April ended with the US president telling aides he never wanted to meet someone so lifeless again, according to three people familiar with the matter,” FT wrote.

Similarly, on Monday, Aly-Khan Satchu, Kenyan-born CEO of Rich Management, tweeted the excerpt from the article on Twitter.

“@realDonaldTrump will welcome Kenya’s @UKenyatta to the @WhiteHouse on Monday FT https://on.ft.com/2PaSAbn  - Events appear to presenting @UKenyatta with an opening to position himself as the African Interlocutor for Africa http://www.rich.co.ke,” he wrote, before adding:

“The first meeting, with Nigeria’s ailing 75-year-old Muhammadu Buhari in April, ended with the US president telling aides he never wanted to meet someone so lifeless again, according to three people familiar with the matter. via @FT”

The revelation is in stark contrast to the position taken by Buhari's spokesmen after the meeting, as Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicty, had said of the meeting: “No matter how Nigerians take our own country, this is hugely an important country and this recognition is being manifested in this visit."

Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, had said: “He (Buhari) is the President of the most populous country in Africa, the President of the country with the largest economy in Africa. And I think it’s probably the fact that the world is now understanding that Nigeria is very strategic not just to the sub-region but the entire Africa.'Trump was previously quoted as describing some countries, including African countries, as "shithole"

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