"In his remarks, the US President neither chided nor talked down on President Buhari".
Yet by 10:00 the following the morning, the aircraft was still stationed in London.
He noted that although the herdsmen crisis has been an age-long challenge in Nigeria, they do not carry guns but only wield sticks and occasionally machetes. When local media questioned presidential spokespeople over Buhari's whereabouts, none of them provided a response.
The president's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said, "They had a technical stopover in London".
After a meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa invited by Trump to the White House, Trump said he was prepared to sell helicopters to the oil-rich country in addition to light fighter aircraft already agreed.
The stopover also raised speculation over the state of Buhari's health, given that he has previously traveled to London for treatment on an undisclosed condition between 2016 and 2017.
After meeting with USA president, Donald Trump, as well as with business executives on his visit to America, President Buhari had departed from Joint Base Andrews Airport and officially headed for Abuja on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. "Part of the problem is you weren't allowed to buy helicopters in our country and now you are; I worked that out", he added. "43 years of Gaddafi, people were recruited from the Sahel and trained to shoot and kill", Buhari had told Trump. President Buhari had on Tuesday left the United States, where he had an embarrassing and fruitless outing and instead of returning to the country, detoured to the UK for another private visit without regard to full disclosure requirements of our constitution and laws. "So the best thing for me is to keep quiet". He also gleefully, for the second time, signed the perennially unfulfilled agreements to repatriate Nigeria's stolen wealth, and sale of military equipment, which are both under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice and Congress respectively, and not Trump.
"The technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from USA to Abuja is broken into two".
"The Presidency must understand that President Buhari is not a private citizen and as long as his upkeep and itinerary is sourced from our hard-earned resources, there must be full disclosure, as citizens deserve to know the goal of the visit and the cost to our nation".
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