President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Graba Shehu, has said that Nigeria enjoyed good working relationship with the administration of President Donald Trump of the United States of America.
Shehu spoke on Sunday while featuring on Channels Television’s programme, Sunday Politics.
Despite his position about Nigeria’s relationship with Trump’s administration, Shehu noted that the Buhari administration looks forward to a better relationship with president-elect, Joe Biden.
Shehu stated that some windows and doors that were shut to Nigeria by previous US governments were opened by Trump due to improved relationship.
He said, “Nigeria and the United States have enjoyed very good relationship and it was even more so under President Trump who just lost the election.
“If you recall very well, this country had procured weapons to fight terrorism and internal security from United States and various world capitals. For some reasons before President Buhari came to office, the United States government and several other nations of the world stopped the sale of weapons to Nigeria.
“To the credit of Mr Trump, he agreed. In fact, he called President Buhari at a short notice and said, Mr Buhari, you want to buy a dozen Super Tucano (these are aircraft most suitable for fighting terrorism like the one we face in the North-East). I give you two months, this is how much you will pay, we will give you. It’s a big relief to us. We will soon start receiving some of the aircraft hopefully next year.
“So, we have had good relationship with Mr Trump but our hope is that this relationship will even be better with President Biden.”