Re-Trump Speaks With Buhari & Invites Him To Washington: Presidential Falsehood May Have Gone Beyond Borders


(Intersociety, Onitsha Nigeria, 13th February 2017)-Of all the

trending and unfolding dramas associated with the whereabouts and true

health status of President Muhammadu Buhari, the latest as captioned

above is gravely disturbing and diplomatically weighty; capable of

causing serious diplomatic rows between Nigeria and the new Donald

Trump Administration in Washington; if found to be an extension of

trending presidential falsehood or virus in Nigeria.

All leading local and foreign news media were hours ago awash with

news of President Donald Trump speaking with (nowhere to be found)

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and inviting him to Washington

at a mutually convenient date. In the said telephone discussion,

President Trump was further quoted as encouraging President Buhari to

keep up the good work he is doing; commended Buhari for his efforts

made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by

the Nigerian military. Both leaders were also quoted as discussed ways

to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through

provision of necessary equipment. President Trump was further quoted

as assuring the Nigerian President of US readiness to cut a new deal

in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.

(Sources: Daily Trust and Vanguard Newspapers, February 13, 2017).

Criminologically, diplomatically and circumstantially speaking, the

statements as above bolded and italized may most likely have been

presidentially corrupted and made an extension of trending

presidential falsehood in Nigeria and expanded into presidential

falsehood across borders. The referenced statements are also grossly

one-sided, circumstantially untenable, diplomatically blundered and

grossly un-Trump-like.
Such diplomatic conversations can only take place between two mentally

coherent and bodily agile Presidents. If the Nigerian President is

that bodily agile and mentally coherent, why is he not on seat in

Nigeria? Not even the defence of “doctors’ advice and results of

medical tests” can keep a hale and hearty President off his

presidential seat for three weeks running, if he is truly hale and

hearty, to the extent of having such weighty diplomatic conversations

with the world No 1 President at this point in time. The same new US

President said to be calling President Muhammadu Buhari was factually

seen globally receiving the Prime Minister of Canada at the White

House and at the same or hour of the purported long diplomatic

conversations with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Common sense and circumstances have also made mockery of the

authenticity that would have been attached to such diplomatic

conversations. The aspect of diplomatic calls to President Buhari from

President Donald Trump at this point in time, if true, can only be

pitiable or sympathetic calls and on health grounds. This is owing to

the fact that all is not well with President Muhammadu Buhari wherever

he is; leading to his transfer of presidential powers and functions to

his Vice President. Since there is a coherent acting President on seat

in Nigeria, such weighty diplomatic calls should have been

appropriately directed to the acting President.
Circumstances may most likely not have been ripe for new President

Donald Trump to say those things Deacon Femi Adesina credited to him.

Most importantly and strikingly, the statements under reference are

monolithic in source; having only come from the mouth of Mr. Femi

Adesina, who is co-enmeshed in trending presidential falsehood and

associated dramas in Nigeria concerning the true whereabouts and

health status of President Muhammadu Buhari who has gone missing in

office since late January 2017.
In all, we at Intersociety make bold to say that presidential

falsehood in Nigeria may most likely have gone beyond borders in the

subject matter under advocacy discussion. This is more so when some

APC chieftains said to have gone to meet President Muhammadu Buhari in

London have just debunked going to meet with him and President

Muhammadu Buhari himself has continued to miss in office on possibly

gravely health grounds.
Unless the authorities of the White House and the United States

Department of State speak in concurrence and authoritatively from

Washington DC; confirming all that Mr. Femi Adesina said President

Trump said to President Muhammadu Buhari, otherwise we ask all

Nigerians to ignore the statements or accept them with a pinch of

salt. Not even a concurrence statement from the US Embassy in Nigeria

can expressly be convincing and acceptable to all and sundry.

This is because of the likelihood of the Embassy being contaminated by

trending presidential virus or falsehood, or in the name of

“diplomatic pressures”. Funny enough, the same Mr. Femi Adesina that

barely knows where his boss is or visits or joins him wherever he is,

has suddenly appeared in the presence of his boss to record what he

discussed with President Donald Trump.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety)

Barr Obianuju Igboeli
Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program

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