Buhari Reveals What He Told Trump Over Allegation Of Killing Christians


President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, revealed that United States President, Donald Trump once called him into his office during a visit to the White House and asked him, “Why are you killing Christians?”

Buhari revealed this on Tuesday in Abuja during his second term First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat.

In response, Buhari said that although he was not happy about the allegation, he took his time to explain to his US counterpart that the killings of Christians in Nigeria doesn’t have anything to do with religion or ethnicity.

“has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion,” Buhari responded.

Buhari said he told Trump that the problem arises from constant clashes between pastoralists and farmers, describing it as a “cultural” problem.

The President blamed “climate change and population growth”  and the failure of previous governments for some of the reasons behind the killings.

Buhari was reelcted for a second term in 2019 after defeating the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

The Ministerial Performance Review Retreat focused on the examination of the performance of ministers and other officials in the President’s cabinet after one year in office.

Buhari said, “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 and the culture of the cattle rearers.

“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.”

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