Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, on Tuesday, has warned the United States of America to call President Donald Trump to order.
He said this in reaction to Trump’s description of Buhari, who visited him at the White House in April, as lifeless.
Trump reportedly calls President Buhari “lifeless”
According to the Ijaw leader, such statements were capable of causing a rift between Nigeria and America, adding that no one should be happy that Trump made such remarks about Buhari.
Clark told Vanguard: “Well the statement did not come to me as a surprise because the President of the United States of America is the man who makes anyhow statements. I am surprised about Nigerians who think that they should comment on it, to make it political, it is unfortunate.
“President Buhari is the president of the whole of Nigeria and therefore once he is being attacked and abused by people, his counterparts outside the country, we must defend him, we must reply.
“President Buhari was invited to the agencies of America by President Donald Trump and he went there, they held a press conference together and what makes him victim is that the President of Nigeria is laughed at and that he never wanted to meet someone so lifeless again, that’s very silly, and insulting to our own nation and we should regard it as such.
“President Trump is always like that; he has made similar statements about other countries and when he visited Great Britain, if you know the statement he made about the Prime Minister of Great Britain regarding the meeting of European Union.
“We also heard the statement he made about the chancellor of Germany, the recent one was when he went to Canada and he met the community and that he didn’t like the community and he was abusing the prime minister of Canada.
“US Senator, John Sidney Mc Clain died, everybody felt it in America. He wanted the former President George Bush and Barack Obama to attend his funeral and speak, and said he doesn’t want President Trump to attend his funeral; that’s the type of man we are talking about.
“Nigerians should unite to defend their President and the problem of Buhari’s politics and so on should be regarded as local statement, we have the duty to defend Mr. President as Nigerians.
“So political parties and individuals should not take it as something, that is why we have always stated that Nigeria is one country. Mr. President is a Nigerian and should behave as such, any attack on him by anybody is an attack on Nigerians and the people of this country, so we should not be happy”.