President Buhari arrived the People’s Republic of China on Saturday for bilateral talks with the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, some moths after meeting POTUS, Donald Trump.
Buhari was Trump’s guest in April and the American President hailed his efforts in curbing corruption and terrorism in Nigeria.
However, news filtered in last week from the Financial Times that Trump described Buhari as “lifeless” in a statement that has generated mixed reactions.
While Buhari landed at the Chinese Airport, in company of his aides, Garba Shehu said that other leaders of the world are queuing to meet Buhari because they’ve found something interesting about his works.
He also added that Trump’s statement was not reacted to intentionally as they found no reason to reply to his disrespectful opinion.
Garba said; “As a policy, we said that we are not going to answer the American President.”
“However, the fact that the entire world and world leaders are queuing up to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, is an indication that there is something about president Buhari, there is something about the Nigeria he now leads, that the world likes.”
Shehu said some world leaders “did not want to meet” with Nigerian leaders in the past.
“I think that Nigerians themselves should better look at this from this positive point of view, as a major development,” he said.
“We had situations in the country in the past where key world leaders didn’t want to meet our own leaders, all of that has changed in the last three years.”
He said on possible expectations from the Presudent’s Chinese trip; “You know that from the last summit in South Africa, the Chinese financing of projects in Nigeria has more than doubled under President Muhammadu Buhari and so therefore, we expect that if the same momentum is maintained, we hope that going forward, all of the projects that are outstanding like the Kaduna-Kano rail project, the coastal rail scheme, Mambilla power project, the second phase of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport expansion project, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja/ Kano and all of these projects, they will move more steadily and thankfully, we have virtually everyone who matters on our own side.
“So, we hope that whatever is left, the dotted lines will be signed, and we are hoping that we will take back with us, quite a number of schemes that will take Nigeria forward.”