Trump brokers rare African friendship with Nigeria's Buhari

Both leaders face low approval ratings and upcoming elections

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's president, during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, April 30, 2018. Trump said today he and Buhari are working on a big deal on military equipment, including helicopters and the two will discuss the fight against terrorism, including Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Given Nigeria's size, wealth and geopolitical importance, there is a tendency to assume that its president can speak for his continent. When Muhammadu Buhari landed in Washington this week, international media were fixated on a foul-mouthed January tirade by Donald Trump, wherein he likened African countries to a toilet.

But those expecting fireworks were left disappointed. More than 15 months after Mr Trump took office, Mr Buhari is the