US President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon called two of Africa’s most prominent leaders, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma, to discuss combating terrorism, trade relations and other issues.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirm the development, in a statement issued.
According to him, Trump assured Buhari that the US is ready to help obtain “a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.”
Trump also invited Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date.
Buhari, who congratulated Trump on his election, is currently in London on an extended break while he awaits the results of unspecified medical tests.
Adesina said: “President Muhammadu Buhari this afternoon from London spoke to President Donald Trump on telephone at the request of the American President.
“The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and on his cabinet.
“The two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.
“President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.
“President Trump assured the Nigerian President of US readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.
“President Trump also invited President Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date.”
This is the first time the two leaders are communicating directly since Mr. Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.