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
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