President Muhammadu Buhari finally lifted the lids on his response to Donald Trump after the U.S. president accused his government of killing of Christians in Nigeria.
Speaking on Tuesday, September 8, on the second day of the one-year retreat for ministers and senior officials, Buhari said he told Trump that the crisis between the herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria is not religious but cultural.
“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,” he said.