President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed what transpired, during his visit to the White House in April 2018.
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According to Buhari, United States President, Donald Trump, called him into his office and during a private moment, asked him: “Why are you killing Christians?”
Buhari said he had to explain to Trump that the killings of Christians in Nigeria “has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion,” but a clash between herders and farmers, which he said had increased due to “climate change, population growth”, as well as the “leadership failure” of previous governments.
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The President disclosed this at the First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat of his second term in Abuja on Tuesday.
“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?’
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“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.
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“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,” Buhari said.