Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay (SAN), has reacted to a comment credited to Donald Trump of the United States where he described President Muhammadu Buhari as lifeless.
Trump referred to his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari as “lifeless”, shortly after a meeting between the two leaders on April 30, Financial Times reported on Monday.
After the meeting at a joint press conference, Trump said he had in implicit belief in Buhari to rein in the “massive corruption” in the country and commended his efforts at doing that.
“Nigeria has a reputation for very massive corruption. I also know that the President has been able to cut that down very substantially,” Trump said.
“We talked about that, he is working on it and they have made a lot of progress and I think they will continue to make a lot of progress.”
Reacting via a terse statement, Sagay said he did not believe Trump could have made the “irresponsible comment”.
He alerted Nigerians to be wary of fake news being peddled on the social media.
He said: “How could the U.S. President say Buhari as lifeless? I don’t believe President Trump made such irresponsible comment. If the source of the comment in question is social media, I won’t waste time on it. It is all lies; it is fake news.
“I hardly react to fake news being peddled on social media. I don’t believe any right-thinking person would see President Buhari and say he is lifeless. Only a mad man would have made such comment being ascribed to the U.S. President.”