Nigeria gets a bad rap often and the new one via a report by the Financial Times batters an already brutally bashed image of the country after it was stated by the publication that US President, Donald Trump, referred to his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, as lifeless.
According to the publication, sources linked to the White House confirmed that Trump told his aides that he would like to never meet ‘someone as lifeless as Buhari again’ after their meeting in the White House at the end of April.
Previously, Trump had referred to some African countries as “shithole” which, at that bilateral meeting between the Nigerian and US leaders in April, Buhari had stated he was not aware of such comment by Trump.
However, this latest report of Trump’s quip about the Nigerian President leaves a telling impression of the low regard Nigeria is held in by the president of arguably the most powerful nation in the world and the effects such could have on Nigeria’s relations with other nations.
Buhari values national security over human rights
Whether lifeless or not in character, President Buhari is reported to believe that national security is more paramount than the rights of people in the society.
Buhari made this statement during the opening of the 58th Annual Congress of the Nigerian Bar Association, saying that though the rule of law forms the basics of a society, it should still be subject to the nation’s security in the event where it is threatened as the rights of individuals deemed to be causing such threats should take second place.
This comes at a time when the presidency through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as Acting President ordered the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) following widespread complaints over abuse of people’s rights in its activities.
McCain dies of cancer
US Senator, John McCain, passed on aged 81 early on Saturday, August 25, having battled with brain cancer over the last year and deciding to discontinue his treatment of it last week.
McCain, who was a six-term republican senator, was known for his blunt but unbiased stand on issues, and would be remembered as a military veteran as well as for his handling of the political rivalry between him and Barack Obama.
The Arizona Senator during his presidential campaign in 2011 had famously admonished a party supporter who had stated her dislike for Obama whom she stated had heard was Arab, telling her and the rest of the gathering that Obama was a nice person with whom he disagreed on fundamental issues.
Boxer walks out of fight
A 30-year-old American boxer, Curtis Harper, caused a stir when he walked out of the arena from the boxing ring right after the opening bell of his bout against his Nigerian opponent, Efe Ajagba, in Minneapolis, US.
Harper had completed all pre-fight formalities in the ring, touching gloves with Ajagba and heading back to his corner, only to stage the walkout to protest being underpaid and not being respected.
As a result of his walkout, Harper was disqualified from the fight and has reportedly lost what would have been his share of the money from the heavyweight fight.
Man. City stumble at Wolves
Liverpool and Chelsea earned hard-fought wins over the weekend to take advantage of Manchester City’s failure to win its game and open a two-point lead on the champions in the third week of the Premier League season.
Man. City were held to a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers in Saturday’s early kick-off which saw Wolves have a first-half goal disallowed for offside while City had three efforts, including Sergio Agüero’s last minute free kick, come off the woodwork.
As a result, City now have seven points from three games, behind early pacesetters, Liverpool with nine points following the 1-0 win over Leon Balogun’s Brighton thanks to Mohamed Salah’s first-half strike.
Chelsea joined Liverpool on nine points but occupy second place by virtue of goal difference after a 2-1 win at Newcastle United on Sunday thanks to Eden Hazard’s 77th minute penalty and an 88th minute own goal by Yedlin, who had set up Joselu for Newcastle’s goal just five minutes before.
Tottenham Hotspur could join Liverpool and Chelsea in setting the early pace if the north London club win in the Monday night game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.